Gymnastics selected to represent Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games have been officially announced.
Our women’s artistic gymnastics team will be Becky Downie, Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler. Our femaletrampoline gymnasts will be Kat Driscoll and Bryony Page
Team Leader, Alan Edge “We are delighted to have selected a group of world class gymnasts who go to the Games in great form and confident of achieving successful results across the board. This Olympic cycle has seen historic performances at World and European Championships that have firmly established Great Britain amongst the top gymnastics nations. We have a very unified team, our gymnasts are very well prepared and looking forward to not only the experience of the Games but also to proving themselves and producing their best performances.”
Team GB’s Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “Our gymnasts have enjoyed a very successful four years since London 2012 and the quality of athletes selected today is right up there with the best in the world. In particular, the performances over the last 12 months across the disciplines give great promise to what this group can achieve in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Gymnastics in Britain is stronger than it has ever been. No doubt that competition for places has pushed each of those selected today to be better athletes and will help them hugely at Rio 2016.”
Kat Driscoll placed a GB best ever 9th at London 2012 and returns to action in Rio alongside three time British champion Bryony Page.
Trampoline Head National Coach Tracy Whittaker-Smith : “We are delighted to have selected three very strong trampoline gymnasts to Team GB, who have all won World and European Championship medals. We have made history by qualifying three places for the Games and the aim is to qualify for finals and challenge for medals against the world’s best.”
Kat Driscoll: “It was an honour to compete at my first Olympic Games and I can't believe I'm back here being selected for my second one! I have learned a lot in the last 4 years and I'm relishing the opportunity to get out there on the big stage again and represent my country the best I possibly can.”
Women’s artistic gymnastics.
The Downie sisters Becky (2008 Olympian) and Ellie become the first British gymnastics sisters to compete together in an Olympic Games. Becky the 2016 European bars champion competed at Beijing whilst for Ellie, the 2016 vault and floor European silver medallist, this is her first Games. British all-around champion Claudia Fragapane and World Championships team bronze medal winners Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler complete the line-up.
Becky Downie: “I’m really, really excited and pleased to be selected. I can’t wait to get out there now; all of the team have worked so hard and are so excited. For me personally it was a big decision to carry on for this Olympic cycle but I knew I had more to give and feel like I’ve proved that. Being part of Team GB is amazing, we’re so excited to get our kit, to be in Rio, to see all the other athletes and be on that Olympic stage.”
Women’s Head National Coach, Amanda Reddin: “We have selected a team of gymnasts who have experience at the very top level. All the of team members were part of our line-up that made history by taking World Championship team bronze in 2015 and we have continued with further successes at this year’s European Championships - so we go in to the Games full of confidence. The balance of the line-up means we have a strong team set up and also individual chances for success. The priority now is to fine tune the routines in the next four weeks as we build up to Rio.