Rio Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler joins South Essex Gymnastics Club

OLYMPIC bronze medal winner Amy Tinkler has joined South Essex Gymnastics Club.

The 17-year-old made history at the Rio Games last summer when she became the first British woman to ever medal in a gymnastics floor exercise and the country’s youngest athlete to win an Olympic medal in 32 years.

Tinkler is joining an impressive international stable at the Basildon-based club, which already boasts double Olympic champion Max Whitlock, British duo Brinn Bevan and Jay Thompson, and Jamaican star Reiss Beckford.

She will work directly  under SEGC’s new Women’s Artistic Head Coach Ross Falsetta, with both under the guidance of the club’s Director of Coaching Scott Hann.

Hann said: “It is a great opportunity for Amy and the club to build on the great success she has already had.

“Our women’s artistic section continues to go from strength to strength and having a gymnast of Amy’s quality in our gym will only help with that.”

Amy is from the town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham in north-east England and has progressed up and through the junior ranks at South Durham Gymnastics Club in Spennymoor.

Hann added: “What Amy achieved at South Durham is remarkable and their coaches did an amazing job.

“She is still young and has lots of potential to fulfil so we hope she can now do that here at South Essex.”

Tinkler is currently in America to represent Great Britain at the 2017 AT&T American Cup at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

She will compete in an event which will also feature US stars Ragan Smith and Riley McCusker and Japan’s Asuka Teramoto.

* You can find out more about Amy Tinkler on her webpage by clicking here.