Claudia Fragapane joined British no 1 high-jumper Robbie Grabarz on Valentines Day in Birmingham to celebrate the city’s love of sport ahead of next month’s Gymmastics World Cup and IAAF World Indoor Championships at Arena Birmingham.
Both will be flying the flag for Great Britain in their respective sports in what is set to be a mouth watering March for West Midlands sports fans with the Yonex All England Bandminton Championships completing the triple bill of sporting action at the venue.
The 20 year-old all-arounder thinks the love from the home crowd will be a crucial factor in six weeks’ time.
“I’m really looking forward to being back here next month and hopefully in front of a full crowd. Performing with the backing of a home crowd makes it ten times better and makes the adrenaline pump that little bit more.”
“I’ve never competed in Birmingham before so I’m really excited and I love being here. The atmosphere is going to be buzzing. A home crowd gives you a massive lift especially if you’re making a mistake or wobbling.
The Gymnastics World Cup event will be part of a busy spring for the Bristol Hawks gymnast with the British Championships and possible Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in the next two months.
But the former Strictly Come Dancing star is clear on her goals for this year; “I just want to beat my previous scores really and that’s all I aim for every year. If I do that then hopefully it will mean I’m up on that podium!”
The Gymnastics World Cup takes place at Arena Birmingham on Wednesday March 21st and Thursday March 22nd. For further information and to buy tickets visit www.gymnasticsworldcup.co.uk.