Francesca 'Frankie' Jones has represented Wales at
three successive Commonwealth Games. At the 2014 Commonwealth
Games Jones won both the Ribbon event in rhythmic
gymnastics and the David Dixon Award. This award goes to
a single athlete at each Games based on their overall performance,
contribution to their team and commitment to fair play.
Glasgow 2014 was her third Commonwealth Games after she made her
debut in Melbourne 2006 and then in Delhi 2010.
It was in Delhi that she really made a name for herself among
the Welsh public when she won silver with a stunning routine in the
She also competed at London 2012 but her Olympic performance
came at a cost. Her body was in pieces, especially her hips: "Jo
Coombs who's coaching me now got me to come back to training, which
I'm really glad of."
"Rhythmic has quite a mentality of keep training, training,
training and not really resting and working on how much loading you
should do. So this year has been spent loading and working out how
much training my hip can take and having to say I can't do any more
on certain days."
Frankie is a regular at the Sport Wales National Centre where a
team of sports scientists and sports medicine professionals have
been managing her recovery and are now closely monitoring her
training. Lead Physiotherapist Sian Knott - was a key member of
Team Wales in Glasgow - says:
"We're constantly balancing what we think she is physically
capable of doing and what her body will allow her to do versus what
her coach, and Frankie herself, think she needs to do in order to
be at her best."