Whaley Bridge gymnast realises Olympic dream

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WHALEY Bridge teenager Jennifer Pinches made her debut on Olympic’s world stage by helping Great Britain reach the team final of the women’s artistic gymnastics.

Pinches was a member of the five-strong Team GB squad which qualified fifth overall for Tuesday’s all-round team final at the North Greenwich Arena in London.

Speaking on Twitter afterwards, the 18-year-old said: “That’s what we wanted and we did it! So proud of my team.”

Pinches’ score of 55.266 from the four pieces of apparatus - beam, floor, vault and bars - was the 21st-best individual score. Her highest-scoring routines were produced on the vault and floor.

But Pinches narrowly missed out on qualification for Thursday’s all-round individual final – GB’s two places for this going to Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan.

Pinches, who has already represented Great Britain in European and World Championships, has described her Olympic selection as a “dream come true”.

A pupil at The King’s School in Macclesfield, she trains at the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club under the guidance of ex-Olympian Amanda Reddin - and in the company of Britain’s most famous gymnast Beth Tweddle.