Hackney teenager completes hat-trick at European festival
PUBLISHED: 18:18 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 18:18 24 July 2013
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Hackney gymnast Tyesha Mattis claimed three medals and a place in the record books at the European Youth Olympic Festival.
The 14-year-old inspired Britain’s women’s artistic gymnastics squad to silver in the team event in Utrecht, also qualifying first for the individual all-around competition.
Mattis performed a ‘double double’ in her floor routine, a high difficulty tumbling skill which involves a double twisting double backward somersault.
That made the former Gainsborough Primary School pupil the first Brit to perform the skill in an international competition.
Seeded first for the individual all-around final, Mattis had to settle for bronze but broke new ground as the first British female gymnast to win such a medal at the Festival.
Mattis was not finished there as she rounded off her week with bronze in the individual vault final to take her medal haul to three and leave her smiling from ear to ear.
“First I made history performing the double double and to get my name in the books as the first Team GB female gymnast to win an all-around medal at the Festival is great,” she said.
“I am really pleased with my performance. I tried my best and to win three medals is great for Team GB, it’s really good. It’s great for British Gymnastics too.
“Winning the silver medal in the team gave me the confidence that I am capable of winning medals and it gave me a boost going into the other finals.”
Team GB sent a 44-strong squad to the Netherlands for the Festival, competing across five different sports – swimming, cycling, tennis and judo in addition to gymnastics.
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