The British Olympic Association has today named 13 gymnasts who will compete for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including two local residents in sisters Becky Downie and Ellie Downie.
The women’s artistic field comprises five World Championship medallists with Becky returning for her second Games and Ellie, a four-time Youth Olympic medallist, set for her first Olympic Games.
Becky Downie said: “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.”
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.”
Gymnastics team leader, Alan Edge, said: “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.”