Although British gymnast Rebecca Tunney is enjoying the public attention she has received since her strong performance at this summer's London Olympic Games, she told IG she is keeping her focus on upcoming training and competition.
“I’ve been offered the chance to compete in various competitions but have turned them down for now,” said Tunney, who was the British women’s top all-arounder (13th) in London. “I would prefer to stay training and give myself a chance to take a look at some new things, and generally get back into the rhythm of things.”
Tunney, the 2012 British all-around champion, said she enjoyed participating in the September 10 parade of British Olympians and Paralympians on 21 floats along the streets of London.
“The parade was unreal,” she said. “We knew people loved the Olympics but to see that many people come to see us basically stand on buses was amazing. People were cheering and shouting to us.”
Tunney, who will turn 16 on October 26, said she is now shifting her attention to the new season.
“I need to maintain my fitness and stamina,” said Tunney, who trains with fellow Olympians Beth Tweddle and Hannah Whelan at the City of Liverpool club. “We have a bit of time now to look over routines and maybe add skills, but at the moment, after a break, it’s about getting the body in shape. Then my coach will decide on any changes if they are needed.”
Despite Tunney's recent public acclaim, she avoids viewing herself as an Olympic hero.
“I don’t see myself as a role model, but some younger kids at my school were saying, 'Wow, that’s Rebecca Tunney,' so I guess people know who I am now," she told IG. "It’s really nice to think people take notice of what you do, and if that means more people are interested in gymnastics or sport in general, then that's great. I just focus on my training and doing the right things, and if people like that, then great.”