Rebecca Tunney training for the 2012 Olympics. Photograph: Rebecca Tunney/Instagram

Great Britain’s Olympian Rebecca Tunney, 20, has announced her retirement from elite gymnastics. She will now focus on her university studies and plans on moving into gymnastics coaching in the future.

The City of Liverpool gymnast was twice crowned senior British all around champion, in 2012 and 2014, and was part of the 2014 European silver-medal-winning team in Sofia, Bulgaria. She also won two golds (team and vault) and a bronze medal (floor) as a junior at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man in 2011.

Rebecca Tunney is however most famously known for being Great Britain’s youngest Olympian at the 2012 London Olympic Games, at the age of 15.

After the London Olympics, Tunney went back training, eyeing Rio 2016, but her Olympic dreams were marred by a series of injuries. She was named an alternate to the 2016 Olympic team.
Scheduled to compete at the AT&T American Cup in March 2017, Tunney withdrew from the competition a few days before, and announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics a month later.

Tunney released a statement announcing her retirement, which was published on Twitter by British Gymnastics. She said: ‘I’ve enjoyed some incredible moments as a Great Britain and City of Liverpool gymnast. It’s a huge honour to have represented my country at the sport I love, especially at the London 2012 Olympic Games which were so memorable for so many reasons.

Competing for my club at British Championships in Liverpool and winning European Championship silver also stand out for me. I want to thank all the people who have supported me, my coach Claire and her family, my family and all the support team at British Gymnastics.

I hope to go into coaching in the future and will definitely stay in contact with all my amazing teammates who have been like an extended family. Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to all the incredible gymnastics fans who have supported me throughout my career – you’ve been amazing!’

We wish Rebecca Tunney a bright and successful future!



By Talitha Ilacqua


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