JONES Francesca < Back  
Sport Gymnastics - Rhythmic
CGA Wales   
Gender Women
Born 09 Nov 1990 in Kettering, ENG
Height1.72 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Wellingborough, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at her local club at age six.
Why this sport? She switched from artistic to rhythmic gymnastics at age nine after switching gyms, and realised she was better at it.
Club / Team City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club: England
Name of coach Lisa Higgins
General Interest
Nicknames Frankie (bbc.co.uk, 07 Oct 2009)
Hobbies Sports, reading, friends. (FIG, 20 Sep 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning three British gymnastic championships [2006, 2007, 2009]. (british-gymnastics.org, 31 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol Russian rhythmic gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Set small goals and realise when you've achieved them." (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours A sculpture of her was erected at London's Heathrow Airport as part of the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (BBC, 2012)
Famous relatives Her mother is a qualified rhythmic judge. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
Ambitions To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
Other information EXPERIENCE COUNTS
She is one of the most experienced gymnasts in the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games, having taken part in three world championships, four European championships, two Commonwealth Games and other major international events. (thegamesandbeyond.com, 2012)

FUNDING
She was forced to give up full-time training when her funding was withdrawn in 2009. In January 2012 she and three other British Olympic medal hopefuls were awarded Olympic Solidarity Athlete Scholarships by the IOC. The last British gymnast to receive the scholarship was for Sydney 2000. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012); bbc.co.uk, 07 Oct 2009)

MUSIC
Hoop: 'The Bird and the Worm' written by Hans Zimmer / performed by The Used

Ball: 'Amor' performed by Craig Owen

Ribbon: 'Matrix Reloaded' performed by Don Davis
(FIG, 15 Jul 2012)