11/01: Having already qualified a team to the 2012 Olympic Games, the British women did not feature in the women’s qualifications. However, two younger members of the senior squad, Rebecca Tunney from the City of Liverpool gymnastics club and Jocelyn Hunt from Horsham, took part to gain vital experience ahead of the Games.
Of the teams looking for Olympic qualification, Italy took the top spot with excellent routines from the likes of former World Champion Vanessa Ferrari. Canada and France took the next two spots respectively and it was a close call between Brazil and Belgium in who would take the final place. In the end, it was Brazil who were triumphant as they screamed for joy. It was a close call but their powerful tumbling and huge determination carried them through.
The British girls received great support from the home crowd and they did not disappoint. Rebecca Tunney, a first year senior, showed great promise with some fabulous bar work, pulling out a very difficult routine to score an impressive 14.466, which puts her into Thursday evenings bars final. Jocelyn had a few minor errors on bars and beam but produced a flawless floor routine, with a beautiful triple twist to score 13.766 and put her as second reserve for the final on Friday. Jocelyn finished with a total of 52.366 and took 40th place in all-around rankings and Rebecca scored 54.399 for 19th.
Rebecca Tunney: “I’m really happy, it’s my first senior competition and the nerves didn’t affect me at all, I loved it! Once the first piece was out of the way I really got into the competing and the buzz of the crowd definitely helped me.”
Jocelyn Hunt: “I was quite nervous before competing as we knew it would be a big crowd and it was amazing to compete in the Olympic arena with the rest of the girl’s squad cheering us on.”