Gymnast Becky Downie ready to take on world and cap unforgettable year

GOLDEN GIRL -- Becky salutes the crowd after winning gold at the European Championships.
GOLDEN GIRL -- Becky salutes the crowd after winning gold at the European Championships.

Hucknall gymnast Becky Downie is hoping to crown an unforgettable year when she takes part in the World Championships, which start next week.

Becky (22), who is in the form of her life, has already won three gold medals and one silver at major tournaments in 2014. She took gold on the uneven bars at both the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

And she was a key member of the British team that won a gold in Glasgow and silver in Sofia

Now she has been selected to lead the Team GB women’s squad at the worlds in Nanning, China.

And after a two-week training camp in at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall, Shropshire, she reports that she says she is raring to go.

“I would love to win another bars medal,” said the Notts Gymnastics Academy star. “That is something I am aiming for. I think I’ve got a good chance. But I’ve got to upgrade my routine and work on the execution again.

“Beam can also be a strong piece of mine. It was pretty poor at the Commonwealths. But I hadn’t done the training I would have liked.”

Becky, whose family home is off Nottingham Road in Hucknall, heads a British team that also includes Hannah Whelan, Ruby Harrold, Glasgow sensation Claudia Fragapane, Gabrielle Jupp, Kelly Simm and Charlie Fellows.

The championships will include team, individual all-around and apparatus competitions at the Guangxi Gymnasium.

The action starts next Friday (3rd October), with Becky’s best hope of a medal in the uneven bars final scheduled for the following Monday. The women’s team final is on Wednesday 8th October.

Becky will be hoping to emulate her younger sister Ellie, who has already won four medals in China this year -- at the Summer Youth Olympic Games.

And she will be leaving nothing to chance, even maintaining a superstition of sewing a star into every one of her competition leotards! She swears her success can be partly attributed to this!