Hard graft pays off for young sportswoman Lloyd-Jones

News Sports Awards young sportswoman of the year runner-up, Maisie Lloyd-Jones. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
News Sports Awards young sportswoman of the year runner-up, Maisie Lloyd-Jones. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings
The talented City of Portsmouth boys' squad. Picture: Matthew Reeds

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Portsmouth gymnast Maisie Lloyd-Jones saw her hard work in training rewarded when she was named young sportswoman of the year runner-up at The News Sports Awards.

The England international enjoyed a spectacular 2014.

She shone at the British Championships in Glasgow, in December.

That was after competing for her country in the prestigious Rushmoor Rosebowl.

The 12-year-old trains for a minimum of 23 hours a week.

That hard graft has now been rewarded with deserved recognition from readers of The News.

In one of the strongest categories, Lloyd-Jones was runner-up to European boxing champion Ebonie Jones.

To hear her name called out was a big surprise for the Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre (PGC) talent.

Lloyd-Jones said: ‘I’m very happy. I didn’t expect it.

‘It’s a nice surprise.

‘Without the coaches at PGC I wouldn’t be where I am now. I do 23 hours a week. It’s a lot but I definitely enjoy it.’

Lloyd-Jones was recently back at the British Gymnastics headquarters in Lilleshall for national squad trials.

They are selecting a team for the European Championships and the 
PGC ace will be heading back for the next stage of the trials.

Her progress in the past 12 months has established her as one of the best young gymnasts in the country.

Lloyd-Jones said: ‘I competed for England in the Rushmoor Rosebowl and competed in the British Championships in December.

‘I made the beam final and came fourth in that one.

‘I had to go all the way to Glasgow for the British Championships.

‘It was really good. I enjoyed it.’

Maisie’s mum Kay added: ‘I’m really proud.

‘She puts in a lot of hard work.

‘People always say to me “well done” but I don’t actually do a lot, other than drive.

‘Maisie puts in all the hard work. Everyone is proud of her.’