Gymnast determined after Olympics snub

Becky Downie in action
Becky Downie in action

DISAPPOINTED Hucknall gymnast Becky Downie has vowed that being overlooked for the British team for the upcoming Olympics will make her more hungry for success in the future.

The 20-year-old (pictured) shot to fame four years ago in Beijing, China, when, as a 16-year-old, she recorded the best-ever finish by a female Brit in the all-around competition at an Olympics, finishing 12th.

Unfortunately she has suffered a torrid time with injuries in recent years and has not made the five-strong team for London 2012.

Becky, of Poppy Mews, off Nottingham Road, launched an unsuccessful appeal over her omission from the squad.

Despite that, she is still a reserve for the team and if there is an injury problem with one of her compatriots, she could be parachuted in.

However, the determined star is already looking to the future along with her coach at Notts Gymnastics Academy, Claire Starkey.

Becky has already set her stall out to compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It could be that she will make the team alongside her sister, 12-year-old Ellie, who is a national champion in her age-group and pinpointed as a star of the future.

Starkey believes that Becky should have made the team this time around after battling back from a career-threatening Achilles problem sustained in 2011.

“We are all gutted”, said the coach. “But Becky is not giving up, far from it.

“She is back in the gym and practising because she is on the reserve list. She has to be ready.

“But she is fuelled by this disappointment, she wants to prove the selectors wrong and this has given her the appetite to prove a point.