The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today the gymnasts who will represent Team GB across all three gymnastic disciplines at the London 2012 Olympic Games later this month. The announcement was made today at Loughborough University, where the Team GB Preparation Camp is located.
The Artistic gymnasts will kick off Team GB’s gymnastics campaign at London 2012, with the competition taking place from the 28th July to the 2nd August, and from the 5th to the 7th August at the North Greenwich Arena. The Trampoline Gymnastics competition will also take place at the same venue, on the 3rd and 4th of August. Rhythmic Gymnastics will be held at Wembley Arena from the 9th to the 12th of August.
The gymnasts selected to Team GB today are:
Imogen Cairns (age: 23, hometown: Bristol)
Jennifer Pinches (age: 18, hometown: High Peak)
Rebecca Tunney (age: 15, hometown: Manchester)
Elizabeth Tweddle (age: 27, hometown: Bunbury)
Hannah Whelan (age: 20, hometown: Stockport)
Trampoline Individual Female
Katherine Driscoll (age: 26, hometown: Houghton-le-Spring)
Francesca Jones (age: 21, hometown: Wellingborough)
Georgina Cassar (age: 18, hometown: Bath)
Jade Faulkner (age: 18, hometown: Swindon)
Francesca Fox (age: 20, hometown: Trowbridge)
Lynne Hutchison (age: 17, hometown: Bath)
Louisa Pouli (age: 22, hometown: Bath)
Rachel Smith (age: 19, hometown: Bath)
Team GB will compete across five Olympic events in the Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline disciplines at London 2012, and will look to build on the bronze medal which Louis Smith won at Beijing 2008 to record Team GB’s first Olympic gymnastics medal for 80 years. Since then, British gymnastics has gone from strength to strength, with an unprecedented number of World, European and international titles won in the last four years.
Three-time World Champion Beth Tweddle leads the women’s selection. She is Great Britain’s most successful gymnast in history, and represented Team GB at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, where she narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth in the asymmetric bars competition. Beth will look to carry the fine form she displayed at the 2012 British Championships last month, where she claimed double-gold in the bars and floor competitions.
Beth is joined by 23-year-old Imogen Cairns, who is regarded as one of Great Britain’s finest vaulters. After suffering injury troubles during the early stages of her career, Imogen is now firmly back on the international scene, and claimed two gold and one silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Fifteen-year-old Rebecca Tunney is also included in the squad, and she will be Team GB’s youngest athlete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Beth Tweddle said:
“It is of course a massive honour to be selected to Team GB for the Olympic Games. This is my third Olympics and with it being on home soil it’s definitely the most special. The build-up has been totally different and you really feel the support of the whole country. Everyone knows everything about the Games this year and people are really interested in all the events and all the team members.
“From Beijing to here has been a long journey. After 2008 I wasn’t even sure I would carry on, but the huge support for London and the enthusiasm of the public has really motivated me and inspired me to carry on training hard. Everything about competing in the Olympic Games is exciting, the moment you get the official letter, the kitting out, the multi-sport atmosphere, it’s all a huge honour to be a part of and I can’t wait.”
photos Janos Schmidt