2018 has already been a very busy year for our young gymnastics ambassador Alice Kinsella. With 2 senior medals under her belt already it is now time for her to step up to the next level of international competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Before she flew out to the Gold Coast she penned a short letter to all of her supporters that she has asked us to share.

Greetings everyone, and by the time you read this I’ll be in Australia, beginning preparations for the Commonwealth Games, where I’ll be representing England on the Gold Coast.

It all gets underway next month, and I’m so excited about my first experience of being involved in a high profile, senior, festival of sport such as this. I have no doubt at all that it will further whet my appetite for representing Team GB at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in two years’ time: that, as I’ve said, is my big ambition.

But representing my country at ‘The Commonwealths’ is going to be awesome, as will meeting and mingling with so many athletes from so many countries. That said, what matters more than anything else is doing myself and my country proud, and I am totally focussed on giving it my all. The mingling and meeting can wait until after the gymnastics competition has ended.

At this point, I have to thank everyone for their fantastic support when I competed for Great Britain at the Gymnastics World Cup at Arena Birmingham last week. Winning a bronze medal was awesome, but just as amazing was being able to compete in such a high-profile event at a venue that is a short drive from my home in Sutton Coldfield.

Trust me, it was such a buzz performing in front of so many friends and family members, and the support of the crowd helped me through all my routines, especially on the floor. The experiences I’ve had over the last year or so helped me to go out, do my best and get the medal, and my confidence is definitely better after this, and I can’t wait to get out to the Gold Coast!

Congratulations, by the way, to Angelina Melnikova of Russia, who won the gold medal, and to Margzetta Frazier of the USA, who took the silver. It was a terrific tournament, and to finish in the top three.

And what a way to prepare for the Commonwealth Games! Oh, and how exciting was it to appear on TV – it was a big thrill to see the highlights on BBC One last Saturday afternoon!

If you’d like to follow the gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games, click on this link: https://results.gc2018.com/en/all-sports/competition-schedule.htm for the schedule. The gymnastics starts on April 5th for the men, the following day, April 6th, for the women, and runs until April 9th.

The Opening Ceremony, by the way, is on Wednesday, April 4th. It’s going to be so exciting to be a part of that, and I’ll give you all a wave on TV!

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone for your support, it really is appreciated!