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Gymnastics Superheroes – Rebecca Downie

Gymnast Rebecca Downie

Aged only 14, artistic gymnast Rebecca Downie won both a Silver and a Bronze Medal at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. A two-time Senior British champion, she now has her sights set on Glasgow 2014.

We caught up with Rebecca ahead of the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool.

How are you feeling about the Men’s and Women’s British Championships this weekend?

I'm actually really looking forward to it. I love the fact that it's a bigger event and that it’s combined with the boys – it makes it more exciting.

What are your ambitions as a gymnast over the next two years?

Just do my best and try to stay as healthy as possible. I've struggled with numerous injuries over the past two years and I'm excited to be back in the swing of competing regularly and trying to improve my personal performances each time.

Why do you think people love watching gymnastics so much?

I think people love watching gymnastics because every routine is different, so it has a lot more variety in comparison to other sports. I also think it’s a sport that people are in awe of because it's so difficult and it's not just something anyone can go and do (well not at the level you see on the TV, anyway).

Are you aiming to compete at Glasgow 2014?

I'd love to compete at Glasgow 2014 because I missed out on the last Commonwealth Games in India. My first Commonwealth Games experience was something I'll never forget. I brought home two medals aged 14, so I'm excited to see what could be possible now I'm older and more experienced. I have a Bronze and a Silver, so I’d love to try and add a Gold to my collection.

Who is your favourite comic book superhero?

That's a hard question! I think I'll go with Supergirl, though.

If you could choose, what would your superpower be?

My superpower would be invisibility. Just think of all the fun you could have. Haha.


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