"Hardest two years" of gymnast Lynne Hutchison’s life ends in Glasgow 2014 call-up joy with Team …

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History-making London 2012 rhythmic gymnast Lynne Hutchison will get a shot at a second Commonwealth Games medal after battling through “the hardest two years of my life” to be selected for Glasgow 2014. 


The 19-year-old – a lifelong member of City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club – is part of a 13-strong Team England squad named on Tuesday, along with Olympic bronze-medalists Louis Smith, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock.


An emotional Hutchison, who won team bronze with Rachel Ennis and former City of Bath colleague Francesca Fox at the Delhi 2010 Games, admitted she was overwhelmed by the news.


Hutchison – who was part of the first rhythmic gymnastics squad to represent Great Britain at an Olympics but saw the group break up after London 2012 due to lack of funding – said on Facebook: “This really means a lot to me.

“I’m not going to lie, I’ve had the hardest two years of my life: our group splitting up (I miss them every day), stress fracture in my right foot, switching back to being an individual gymnast, going back to school, metatarsal stress fracture, stress fracture in the other foot – the list goes on and that stuff really messed with my head.


“But everything happens for a reason and I guess all that bad luck made me really fight for this place on the team. Thank God I didn’t give in to my injuries and take up rowing like one doctor suggested.”


Hutchison, a King Edward’s student, was keen to thank coaches Sarah Moon and Ioanna Samara for their support.


She will be joined in the rhythmic gymnastics competition at Glasgow by England colleagues  Stephani Sherlock and Mimi-Isabella Cesar.


“I think we make a strong team so let’s do this!” Hutchison said.


“[I’m] going to really make the most of every moment and work my butt off so I’m damn sure that my routines will go right when it comes to performing them in the arena.”


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