Glasgow 2014: Gymnast Mimi Cesar targets more funding

Mimi Cesar carries the Queen's Baton through Ward End Park, Birmingham, June 2014
Erdington's Mimi Cesar carried the Queen's Baton through Ward End Park, Birmingham

Birmingham gymnast Mimi Cesar hopes that a good show at the Commonwealth Games can help to attract more funding.

After finishing in the bronze medal position at the Senior British Rhythmic Championships in Stoke, 19-year-old Cesar will now compete for England in Glasgow in late July.

"Team England can do it. We want to be on the podium," Cesar told BBC WM.

"I really want to medal. We're such a minority sport, it would get us more funding," added the Erdington teenager.

"If we do make a podium place, then people are going to realise we're good at it.

"Then we'll get more funding for the sport and we can move on to other things, like the Olympics and the World Championships, and stuff like that."

The City of Birmingham gymnast's Commonwealth Games had already got underway when she was asked to do the Birmingham leg of the Queen's baton relay, in Ward End Park, earlier this month.

Now she has actually being invited to perform at the event itself, which is being held between 23 July and 3 August.

"The atmosphere was electric at the baton relay," she added. "But I can't wait to be a part of it in Glasgow. Lots of my family will be coming up to watch."