A CHIRK mum has said she couldn’t be prouder after her daughter has enjoyed a string of success in national gymnastics competitions.

Mia Evans from Chirk has won a haul of medals over the past five weeks, including first place at the Welsh Espoir Championships overall, and in the floor and vault events.

After taking the top spot in the Welsh Championships, Mia competed as a guest at the English Championships, and although competing from Wales meant she was unable to medal, the youngster took top spot overall with the highest score.

Mia then went on to compete at the British Artistic Championships where she won silver in the all-around Espoir (under 13s) competition, the individual gold on floor and silver on vault.

She also placed sixth in the country in the beam event.

The student who trains at Park Wrekin in Telford is now preparing for her first international competition in Germany.

Mum Angela Evans said she is delighted to see her daughter performing so well.

She said: “It’s a lot of work for a 12-year-old, but she just takes it in her stride so well.

“She’s really grounded for someone who is performing so well. She’s really relaxed about it all.

“Last year she attended the British Championships and placed 21st – this year she placed second.

“To make a 19-place jump after a year just shows how much hard work she has put in and how dedicated she has been to improve.”

The 12-year-old has been training gymnastics since the age of two after attending mother and daughter gymnastics groups, and is now coached by BBC commentator Christine Still.

Angela added: “We’re all very pleased and happy to see her representing Wales. We couldn’t be prouder.

“From the age of eight, she’s had her sights set on going to the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.

“It’s just great for us to give her the opportunity to chase her dream.”

Mia was among a group of Welsh gymnasts who took eight of the top 10 spots at the recent British Championships.

Ann Bevan, Welsh Gymnastics’ CEO, said: “Wrexham really flew the flag for Wales at the British Championships this weekend. The strength of our gymnasts’ performances demonstrates how much hard work they have put in to achieve their sporting goals. They all performed amazingly well and did their coaches, clubs, their sport and their countries proud.

“Welsh Gymnastics has a very bright future in these youngsters’ hands, and we can’t wait to support them and get them to the top of our sport.”