#EveryRoadtoRio Blogs: Amy Tinkler
Published 3 June 2016
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Amy Tinkler was 2015 British all-around champion and part of the 2015 World Championship bronze medal-winning British team. The 16-year-old is balancing taking her GCSEs with preparing for a first Olympic Games in Rio.
It’s been a strange few weeks for me, especially this last week as I’ve watched our girls prepare to compete at the European Championships.
I’m not out there with the team as I’ve stayed at home to focus on my GCSEs. The decision was made in chats involving my personal coaches and our national coach. Basically I’ve done a lot of competitions this year, the American Cup, the British team championships, the English Championships and the British Championships and our national coach felt satisfied with my performances so the decision was made to allow me to focus on exams.
I think it’s definitely been a good decision as it’s often hard to balance competitions and studying at the same time.
My school help me a lot in allowing me to split my GCSEs over three years. Last year I took PE, this year Maths, English and French and next year Science and History. I really want to get good results as I know gymnastics can’t last forever so it’s good to have something to fall back on and also I’d love to go on to university one day. I also find it’s nice to go to school and be normal, talk about things other than gym and be a normal kid again. In the gym it's non-stop focus but I can relax a bit more and take mind off training when I’m in school or with school friends.
Having said that I’m also of course a bit sad not to be out there with the GB girls. We spend a lot of time together at training camps and we’re all a really close squad. I know that they have all trained really hard for the Europeans and are on top form so I’ll be watching as much as I can and supporting them all the way.
When I’ve not been revising and taking exams I’ve been training at my club South Durham ready for the next steps towards Rio. Training is going great at the minute, I’m looking to upgrade routines and it’s going really well.
I’ve definitely started to get excited for Rio, though it’s still quite weird how close it is, I remember in 2012 thinking Rio is in four years’ time and it’s come round really quickly.
Next up in two or three weeks’ time we’ll have our last Olympic trial at Lilleshall as our team doesn’t get announced until July.
I think the day that we know the team will be very emotional. It’s kind of not real still, I’m excited but not getting carried away, I know whatever happens will be the right decision for the team.
Amy Tinkler is one of 1,300 athletes supported by UK Sport’s National Lottery funded World Class Programme.
Follow Amy further on her road to Rio on Twitter @amytinkler2