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Meet the Midland gymnasts

Louis Smith Credit: Szwarc Henri/ABACA/Press Association Images

Louis Smith: The three time Olympic Medalist lives in Peterborough. His event is the pommel horse. He says can't wait to get back out there and represent Team England

Rebecca Downie Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Rebecca Downie: Becky lives and trains in Nottingham. She's a European champion and already has two Commonwealth Games medals. She's been the British senior women's all round champion twice and is particularly strong on beam and bars. She's 22.

Mimi Isabella Cesar Credit: Chris Radburn for Glasgow 2014

Mimi Isabella Cesar: Mimi Isabella Cesar lives and trains in Birmingham. She's in the Rhythmic Gymnastics team. She's pictured here carrying the Queen's Baton through Ward End park in Birmingham

Sam Oldham Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

Sam Oldham: Sam is from Nottingham but trains in Loughborough and Lilleshall NSC in Staffordshire. He got a high bar silver medal at the 2013 European Championships and high bar and rings bronze at the 2014 British Championships. He's also an Olympic team bronze medallist.

Kristian Thomas Credit: DIRK WAEM/Belga/Press Association Images

Kristian Thomas: Kristian is from Wolverhampton and trains there and at Lilleshall NSC in Staffordshire. He was a member of the team that won Bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games and gold at 2013 World Championship.

Olympic medallist to open £20million uni extension

Kristian Thomas talking to Kate Middleton Credit: PA

Wolverhampton's London 2012 Olympic medallist, Kristian Thomas, will officially open the new St Chad building and library at Newman University College today.

Work began on the £20 million project in 2010, which includes a high-profile new-build library, entrance building, lecture theatres and research centre, alongside a state-of-the-art sport performance suite and refurbished community sports facilities.


Kristian Thomas opens new Apprentice Training Centre

Virgin Media today opened their new Apprentice Training Centre in Birmingham, which they claim will create 200 jobs.

Kristian Thomas launches a new training facility which will create 200 jobs Credit: Virgin Media

Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas says Virgin Media's new Apprentice Training Centre in Birmingham is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the West Midlands.

200 jobs are expected to be created in 2013 Credit: Virgin Media


Kristian Thomas speaks at opening of training centre

Growing up, I was lucky that I had great facilities and training available to me on my doorstep, but that isn’t the same for everyone. Opportunity is everything, so the new centre for training young people here in the West Midlands will help those people with potential achieve their goals. I basically spent 18 years in training for London 2012 – so I’m testament that it’s all about working hard and putting in the effort, but if you do, it will pay off in the end.

– Kristian Thomas, Olympic bronze medallist

200 jobs to be created as Kristian Thomas launches new training facility

Kristian Thomas launches a new training facility which will create 200 jobs Credit: PA

A new training and research centre in Birmingham is said to create 200 new jobs for young apprentices in 2013.

Launched by Kristian Thomas and Virgin Media, the site in Sheldon will act as the company's 'centre of excellence in customer service operations.'

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