Team GB’s youngest member prepares

Rebecca Tunney at 15 years and 277 days is the youngest athlete in the Great British squad.

The gymnast will be making her Olympic debut this year and is understandably nervous and excited about the whole experience.

Tunney, who is still a secondary school pupil, said: “It’s been overwhelming, definitely, I wasn’t expecting it to be like this. I knew it was going to be big but this was more than I expected. But I’ve got all my team-mates to settle me down and talk me through things.

“Being in the village has been the best bit – how big it is, and seeing other athletes, great athletes, walking around. The others have tried to calm me down.”

The youngster was picked after performing well in the British all-round event and her strongest discipline is the bars. Tunney has been taking part in gymnastics she was five and trains 28 hours a week.

Meanwhile, experienced gymnast Beth Tweddle is also looking forward to the Games and admits that it will be her last and that she is unlikely to add an Olympic medal to her six European titles and World Championship golds due to a knee injury.

The gymnastic competition begins on Saturday at the North Greenwich Arena. The venue will also host some of the basketball and wheelchair basketball competitions.

Anyone staying in central London hotels who is planning to see the torch relay will need to head to some of the city’s key landmarks as it makes its way from Camden to Westminster.

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