With just two weeks to go to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Hugh Robertson MP - Minister for Sport and the Olympicshas sent a good luck message to the 18 gymnasts selected for Team GB -
"As the 18 members of the gymnastics team make their final preparations before the Games, I would like to take this opportunity to give you my best wishes for the weeks ahead.
Preparing for the Games has given a huge boost to British sport and provided a unique opportunity to advance British Gymnastics. The team has benefited from over £10.7m of funding, and excellent facilities have been created across the country, including the state-of-the-art Europa Centre that will provide a national-level training and competition venue for gymnasts after the Games.
This has already had an impact - since Team GB's first gymnastics medal for 80 years at the Beijing Games, British Gymnastics has gone from strength to strength, with an unprecedented number of World, European and international titles won in the last four years.
Yet nothing will give a bigger boost to British Gymnastics than the Games themselves. Millions of people will be inspired by elite athletes performing at the highest level, and shining a spotlight on gymnastics will encourage young people to get involved, especially by 15-year-old gymnast Rebecca Tunney who will be our youngest athlete this summer.
The Games won't be the end of the story, with the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships coming to Glasgow in 2015. But we want British sport to improve at all levels - from elite to grassroots. That's why the Government has ensured foundations for this sporting legacy are already in place, with a new £1 billion Youth Sport Strategy to encourage more teenagers and young adults to take up and continue playing sport, including plans for 6,000 community sports clubs to be created by local schools, helping to inspire the next generation of British gymnasts."