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Wing Aims to Fly at London Worlds
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One of four British female gymnasts nominated to compete in next month's world championships in London, 2008 Olympian Rebecca Wing told IG she is eager for good results.


Rebecca Wing (Great Britain) at the 2007 World Championships

"For every competition, I just go out there and do my best," the 17-year-old Wing said. "But even though it isn't a team competition, I will still support and cheer on my team mates!"

Also named to the British team for Worlds were three of Wing's teammates at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Beth Tweddle, Becky Downie and Marissa King. According to British Gymnastics, the roster was confirmed to meet the FIG's Sept. 9 deadline for nominative entries, but final announcements on the roster and apparatus assignments will take place later.

Wing, who competed on every event except floor exercise in the British team's ninth-place effort at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, said she is ready to perform wherever she is needed at Worlds.

"We still have a couple more trials, so we have to wait and see what the Technical Director (Adrian Stan) thinks will suit the team best," said Wing, who trains under coaches Vincent and Michele Walduck and Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis at London's Heathrow Gymnastics Club. "But my aim, for whatever pieces I compete on, is to have a clean competition."

Wing said she looks forward to competing before the British audience at Worlds, which will take place Oct. 13-18. The competition will be held at the O2 arena, which will also serve as the gymnastics venue at the 2012 Olympic Games.

"I have never competed in such a big competition in front of a home crowd before, so I am not too sure what to expect," said Wing, who resides in Farnborough, approximately 40 miles southwest of London. "But when I was younger, I went and watched the (2002) Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing, so I'm sure it will be a lot of fun."

Wing said she is taking the rest of her international career, including the possibility of training for the 2012 Olympics, on a per-year basis.

"Next year we have a lot of promising new gymnasts who become seniors, which will be very exciting," she told IG. "2012 is still three years away, so at the moment I'm just training hard, taking each competition as it comes, and we'll see what happens."

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
Beth Tweddle on cover, 2009 Worlds preview (September 2009)
"The British Invasion" - includes Tweddle interview and Downie profile (June 2009)
"10 Questions with Adrian Stan" - interview (June 2009)
"Royal Ambitions" - Marissa King interview (April 2008)
Tweddle on cover (January/February 2007)
"Ready for Anything" - Tweddle profile (March 2002)

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