Hero’s welcome planned for Amy Tinkler

Bishop Auckland’s Olympic bronze medallist, Amy Tinkler, returned from Rio to a hero’s welcome at South Durham Gymnastics, her training base in Spennymoor.

Britain’s youngest medallist in 32 years, Amy is also the first British woman ever to win an Olympic medal in the gymnastics floor exercise.

Emotional Amy was greeted by cheering colleagues at a packed gym on Wednesday in front of the region and the nation’s media.

Speaking to the Bishop Press, Amy, who trains for an incredible 31 hours every week explained that, amazingly, she did not feel nervous when she took to the floor in Rio for her bronze medal-winning performance: “I didn’t expect to make the final, so there was no pressure at all on me from my coaches,” she said. “I just gave it my best shot and all the hard work paid off.”

On the attention she has received since shooting to Olympic stardom, Amy said: “The support I’ve received has been just incredible. Social media has taken off and all the messages have been so supportive.”

Now, after Amy’s success, plans are being made to allow the Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor public the opportunity to celebrate and say thank you.

Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr Ann Golightly said: “We’re absolutely thrilled about Amy’s success at the Rio Olympics.

“Her achievement has been felt throughout the town and I’ve been approached by many people asking what the Town Council is doing to celebrate her fantastic success.

“It is fitting that the town has an opportunity to congratulate Amy.

“We are therefore working alongside Spennymoor Town Council to hold a victory parade that incorporates her home town of Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor where she trains.

“We are working through the details, but I can reveal that the event will take place on Saturday 3rd September.

“Further details will be announced as they are finalised.”

Bishop Press will publish details of the parade on our Facebook page as soon as they are announced.

Details will also be published on the Town Council’s website at http://bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk.

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