Devon teenager Abi Martin named in Team GB Olympic Gymanastics squad

Abi Martin claims her well-deserved victory at the European Gymnastics Championship
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Paignton teenager Abi Martin admits she laughed when informed she will become an Olympian at Paris 2024. The 16-year-old is the youngest member of Team GB’s 13-strong gymnastics team for this summer’s Paris Olympics and hopes this will be the first of several appearances on the greatest stage of all.

Martin, who has only just completed her GCSEs at Paignton academy is now aiming for A* performances alongside her heroes-turned-teammates. “It’s unreal,” said Martin. “10 years ago, I turned around to my mum and said I was going to go to the Olympics. Now I'm in my first year as a senior and I'm actually going.

“I've always looked up to all of the Team GB girls. But recently I've seen lots of photos of me when I was younger with Georgia-Mae Fenton and also when I just became an elite gymnast I had a photo with Alice Kinsella. I thought they were so cool.

“I remember watching the Tokyo Olympics in the living room with my mum thinking that I could go to the next Olympics but I never really thought that would be the case.

“As you get older, you set yourself that goal but you don't know whether that's going to be the case because sometimes it's not really in your control.”

Abi Martin claims her well-deserved victory at the European Gymnastics Championship
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Martin, who trained at the South Devon School of Gymnastics. had known she was on the train to Paris for a little while prior to the announcement but she had to keep the news a secret from prying friends and teachers. She is, however, happy to have had two contrasting points of focus during a stressful period

“There were one or two days where I was a bit all over the place but it actually helped," she said. “I wasn’t just thinking about my GCSEs, gym takes me away but then school takes me away from gym and thinking about it too much, so splitting the time equally helped me.”

Martin is one of over 1,000 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing them to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering medical support – this is vital for her pathway to the Paris 2024 Games. Of the six men and seven women selected in Team GB’s artistic and trampoline squad, eight are Olympic debutants and five are returning Olympians, including triple gold medallist Max Whitlock.

Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics Team Announcement for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, on June 13 2024.
Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics Team Announcement for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, on June 13 2024. -Credit:Team GB Team GB

“Team GB has proven itself as a serious medal contender in all three of gymnastics disciplines selected and it is fantastic to head to Paris with athletes who not only have Games experience, but experience of standing on that Olympic rostrum,” said Chef de Mission Mark England.

“I am sure all eight Olympic debutants in the team will lean on their experience this summer, and the team will once again make the nation proud.”

Whitlock will spearhead the men’s artistic team and will become the first gymnast to win four Olympic medals on the same apparatus if he adds to his two golds and a bronze on the pommel horse in Paris.

“This Olympics is even more crazy for me because it’s going be my last one," commented Whitlock.

“I am excited to trust the process and give it everything I’ve got as there’s nothing to lose at this stage.”

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