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Olympic hockey gold winner Giselle Ansley comes to Falmouth

She has only been in the country for 48 hours but already 24-year-old Giselle Ansley was back on home turf in the West Country - showing off her medal in Falmouth.

Ansley, from Kingsbridge in Devon was a member of the GB team who made history by winning the Olympic title for the first time when they beat The Netherlands in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Rio last Friday.

The gold medallist was in Cornwall to celebrate Hockeyfest at Penryn College.

The aim of the festival is to build on the success and excitement of Rio and to inspire a new generation of hockey players.

People of all ages turned out at Falmouth Hockey Club to meet the hockey star.

Kids queued up to get her autograph, listen to her talk about her career, and of course watch her in action doing a penalty flick.


Wiggins to ride in Tour of Britain

Sir Bradley Wiggins has been confirmed as the latest face taking part in the Tour of Britain.

The 2012 Tour de France champion, who recently won his eighth Olympic medal, will ride in Britain’s biggest professional cycle race for his own Team WIGGINS.

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Alongside him will be teammates Owain Doull - who finished third overall in the Tour of Britain in 2015 - and Jonathan Dibben, who will be riding his third Tour of Britain.

The remaining three riders in the Team WIGGINS line-up will be confirmed closer to the race.

We are delighted to be welcoming two of our Olympic Champions to the Tour of Britain just three weeks after their success in Rio.

As a former winner of the Tour of Britain it is always a pleasure to welcome Sir Bradley Wiggins back to Britain’s biggest race, while Owain Doull was the star of the 2015 Tour, showing he has a very bright future ahead of him.

– Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director


West athlete announces her retirement at just 20

A North Somerset gymnast who helped Team GB women finish fifth in the all-round competition has announced her retirement.

Ruby Harrold showed poise and strength during her uneven bars routine, but has decided to finish her career as an elite gymnast in favour of university.

Ruby Harrold performs during women's gymnastic qualifications in Rio Credit: PA

The 20-year-old, who trains at Portishead, will head to Louisiana State University this September - a move she has put off for three years.

I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life in college gymnastics, but leaving what I know behind will be hard.

Special thankyou to all the girls in the GB squad. You've helped make the tough times manageable and the great times unforgettable.

– Ruby Harrold


20-year-old Ruby is a seasoned performer.

At the 2016 British Championships she won beam and bars bronze before going to Bern for the European Championships and helping the team take silver.

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