Student Selected for Great Britain Gymnastics Team

A talented student gymnast from City of Westminster College has qualified for the 2022 Rhythmic European Championships.

Marfa Ekimova, who is currently studying for an NCFE Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity, will be part of the Great Britain Team for the competition in Israel this summer.

The championships will take place in Tel Aviv between 15-19 June 2022.

Marfa is coached by Villy Antonova and Rachel Ennis and is a member of West London Gymnastics.

She has done a tremendous job of balancing both her impressive career in rhythmic gymnastics and her studies, achieving great success in both.

In her spare time, Marfa is a passionate music lover, especially playing the bassoon and piano, and studies A Level music at Trinity Laban Conservatory.

Marfa has already achieved success at other tournaments, placing 37th at the 2021 European Championships and has also taking a respectable 44th place at the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships.

City of Westminster College, and the entire United Colleges Group, is incredibly proud of Marfa for her record of achievement and considers her to be a brilliant example for others to follow.

The entire UCG community also wishes her every success at the championships.

Commenting, Marfa Ekimova, said: “I am thrilled to have qualified for this competition and look forward to joining the rest of the Great Britain Team in Tel Aviv.

“I would also like to thank my lecturers, coaches, and everyone who has given me their support in getting to this level. “I’ve got a great team behind me and I’m so grateful to know that they’ll be cheering my teammates and I on.”

Stephen Davis, Group Principal and CEO of the United Colleges Group, said: “Marfa is a wonderfully talented athlete and we at City of Westminster College are incredibly proud of everything she has achieved. “We’ll certainly all be pulling for her as she heads to Israel to compete.

“At City of Westminster College, and across the United Colleges Group, we are committed to helping our students achieve excellence and fulfil their ambitions and Marfa is a terrific example of this.”