Meet The Gymnast: Rebecca Tunney

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The third in a series of posts looking into Great Britain’s potential Worlds 2011 and London 2012 team. This weeks edition features the newbie Rebecca Tunney who will be eligible to compete in the London 2012 Olympics.

History

Rebecca was born on 26th October 1996. At aged five she gave up ballet to focus on gymnastics, a difficult choice for someone of such a young age but she enjoyed gymnastics more. She is currently coached by Claire Duffy at Liverpool Gymnastics Club, training 25 hours a week. Rebecca didn’t start out Liverpool GC and now travels from her home in Manchester to train. A lot of pressure for a young girl but because of her sheer talent, she is allowed to take half days from school two or three times a week for training.

2011

To date, Tunney has had an extremely successful 2011. Whilst Liverpool club mates Tweddle and Whelan were winning their titles at the Senior British Championships, she won the Junior British title. There she told International Gymnast Magazine:

“I wasn’t expecting the win at all so I’m really pleased,”

“I’ve competed on podiums before and always find it such great experience and it was great having the support of my club here in its hometown. All the younger gymnasts from my club were able to watch and were cheering me on it was great.”

Watch Rebecca in style at this years British Championships:
http://youtu.be/jeIQ75XXtVo

http://youtu.be/iEqZDgcHraw

Hopefully we can see more of Rebecca when the British women travel to Romania this week to compete at the Romanian Nationals in Onesti.

Rebecca and London 2012

Rebecca has high hopes of competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games. Since she has been named to the performance squad, the likelihood that Liverpool Gymnastics Club will have four members in the Great Britain women’s team heading for the 2012 Olympics has come a step nearer. Tunney may join her club mates Beth Tweddle, Jenni Pinches and Hannah Whelan in London to represent their country.

Achievements to date:

2006

  • National Finals Level 3 North West Team
  • Cheshire and Merseyside – 2nd AA

2007

  • Level 2 Compulsories – Passed
  • Level 2 Voluntaries – 12th AA
  • Alpha Factor – 17th AA

2008

  • North West Regional Championships – 3rd AA
  • Welsh Open -2nd AA
  • Espoir British – 11th AA, 3rd Bars

2009

  • British Schools Championships Seniors 14th Team 6th
  • British Espoir Vault Champion & 3rd Floor
  • English Espoir Championships 1st AA Bars & Floor 1st Beam 4th
  • Named as National Potential Squad Member 2009/2010

2010

  • Junior British Championships – 2nd AA
  • Named as National Potential Squad Member 2010/2011
  • North West Open Champion and Floor and Vault Champion
  • UK School Games Champion and Bar Champion
  • English Junior Championships – 2nd AA
  • North West Junior Champion
  • GB vs Japan vs Italy vs America vs Russia – Team 4th
  • Olympic Hopefuls – 1st AA
  • Isle Of Man Invitational – 1st AA Floor, Vault and Bars 1st, Beam 3rd

2011

  • English Junior Championships – 1st AA Bars, Vault and Floor 1st, Beam 3rd
  • British Schools – 6th AA Vault 2nd
  • Team Member of the City of Liverpool Team Champions
  • Manchester Open Junior Level – 1st AA Floor and Bars 1st, Vault 2nd, Beam 3rd
  • GB V Romania Friendly – 7th AA
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