Great Britain’s Jenni Pinches, 2012 Olympian and 2010 and 2011 World team member announced her retirement to fans over Twitter. The gymnast did this as she boarded a plane for Ecuador where she will be doing volunteer work and travelling and NOT doing gymnastics. She said in her tweet; ”I will no longer be doing competitive gymnastics in or for Great Britain.”
Pinches trained alongside team mates Beth Tweddle and Hannah Whelan at City of Liverpool Gymnastics. She showed promise from a very young age when she was featured in a British kids documentary series about her life as a young elite gymnast. Later, she appeared in Gymnast, as one of the gymnasts filmed doing bars and beam work that served as atmospheric imagery during the film.
Pinches, who became interested in gymnastics after watching it on television, has been a valuable member of the British squad, competing at Worlds, Olympics and European Championships, as well as at a host of World Cup events. This years, when competition was fierce for the Olympic team, she showed marked improvement in difficulty and consistency, winning the English Championships, and placing second at the British Championships. This would consolidate her place on the Great Britain Olympic home team.
Jenni tweeted her farewells as she waited for her plane to leave England, and alluded to some exciting projects next year, saying “you can’t get rid of me that easily!”. We will have to wait, however, to see what is in store for her next. We can remember her for her big smile, terrific all-around talent and her devotion to gymnastics.
Here is Jenni on beam at the British Championships this year;
TCG wishes good luck to Jenni in whatever she does from here on (college, maybe? We can hope!).
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