SEGC coach Ross Falsetta praises contribution of retiring Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler

SEGC WAG Head Coach Ross Falsetta praised the contribution of Amy Tinkler to the club and British gymnastics after she announced her retirement from the sport.

Amy, 20, established herself as one of the gymnastics’ biggest stars when she became Team GB’s youngest medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when she won floor bronze at the age of 16.

She is Britain’s second most successful female gymnast with one Olympic and one world medal, as well as three European medals and ten British titles.

Amy, who announced her decision on Twitter, withdrew from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and missed the European Championships in 2019 after having a third ankle surgery.

She joined South Essex Gymnastics Club in March 2017 and has worked closely with Ross (pictured with Amy) ever since.

He said: “It was a shock and a surprise to start at the club at the same time Amy did, and maybe even a little intimidating.

“But within a matter of weeks of working with Amy it was clear she was a wonderful young women with an unquestionable passion for the sport, and I knew we would be a great team.

“Not only was it a pleasure and an honour to coach Amy but she also opened many doors for me and I was lucky enough to experience things that will assist me forever in my job.

“I am sad to see her leave competitive gymnastics but very excited that she will have the opportunity to go on and do whatever she wishes to pursue.”