Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She took up the sport at her local club at age six.
|Why this sport?
||She switched from artistic to rhythmic gymnastics at age nine after switching gyms, and realised she was better at it.
|Club / Team
||City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club: England
|Name of coach
||Frankie (bbc.co.uk, 07 Oct 2009)
||Sports, reading, friends. (FIG, 20 Sep 2010)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning three British gymnastic championships [2006, 2007, 2009]. (british-gymnastics.org, 31 Dec 2009)
|Hero / Idol
||Russian rhythmic gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Set small goals and realise when you've achieved them." (bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2009)
|Awards and honours
||A sculpture of her was erected at London's Heathrow Airport as part of the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (BBC, 2012)
||Her mother is a qualified rhythmic judge. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
||To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
She is one of the most experienced gymnasts in the British team for the 2012 Olympic Games, having taken part in three world championships, four European championships, two Commonwealth Games and other major international events. (thegamesandbeyond.com, 2012)
She was forced to give up full-time training when her funding was withdrawn in 2009. In January 2012 she and three other British Olympic medal hopefuls were awarded Olympic Solidarity Athlete Scholarships by the IOC. The last British gymnast to receive the scholarship was for Sydney 2000. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012); bbc.co.uk, 07 Oct 2009)
Hoop: 'The Bird and the Worm' written by Hans Zimmer / performed by The Used
Ball: 'Amor' performed by Craig Owen
Ribbon: 'Matrix Reloaded' performed by Don Davis
(FIG, 15 Jul 2012)