London 2012 Olympian Jennifer Pinches announced her retirement from gymnastics this morning. 18 year old Pinches took to her twitter account to announce her big news just before departing on a trip to Ecuador for some travelling and volunteer work. She said:
I will no longer be doing competitive gymnastics in or for Great Britain.
Pinches qualified to compete for Great Britain at London 2012 with City of Liverpool club mates Beth Tweddle, Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan where the team placed 6th in the team final. She has been known for some time as one of the top gymnasts in Great Britain taking many titles including an All Around silver in the 2012 Olympic Hopefuls competition and was crowned the 2012 English Champion.
She is the first of her Team GB team mates to announce her retirement officially. Beth Tweddle has said that she will wind down her gymnastics, not giving up straight away, but may compete in some world cups. Hannah Whelan and Imogen Cairns, two of the “older” Team GB gymnasts have not yet made their decisions known.
Wishing Jennifer the very best in her future endeavours and perhaps we will see her across the pond joining fellow GB gymnasts Marissa King and Danusia Francis on the USA college circuit.
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