Olympic medal-winning gymnast Amy Tinkler quits over 'negative experiences'

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler

Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler has revealed she felt she had no option but to quit gymnastics due to her negative experiences in the sport.

Tinkler, who won floor bronze at the age of 16 in Rio in 2016, announced her retirement in January this year following three bouts of ankle surgery.

But she claims her injuries had nothing to do with her decision, instead adding her voice to those who have criticised the bullying and abuse culture in the domestic sport.

Tinkler said in a statement: “I submitted a formal complaint to British Gymnastics in December 2019.

“It was an account of my experiences as a club and elite gymnast, and the experiences I shared were the reason for my retirement in January, not a physical injury as was suggested by some at the time.”

Tinkler said added she was “no closer to having any feedback or outcome” from British Gymnastics following her complaint.

She is the latest elite or former elite British gymnast to criticise the governing body, following a statement released by the Downie sisters, Becky and Ellie, last week.

Tinkler added: “I’m heartbroken by the stories that have been told over the past week.

“I’m so proud of my fellow gymnasts who have shared their stories, I know how hard it is, and your bravery has been a shining light and inspiration in dark and troubling times for the sport we love.”