Last Updated: September 12, 2012 8:30am
Jennifer Pinches: Confirmed she will no longer compete for GB
Olympic gymnast Jennifer Pinches has confirmed she will no longer compete for Great Britain.
The 18-year-old, who was part of the five-strong British women's team at London 2012, confirmed the news on Tuesday morning via her Twitter account.
The teenager made the announcement following Monday's 'Our Greatest Team' parade in which she took part and ahead of a trip to Ecuador for some travelling and volunteer work.
Pinches said: "I will no longer be doing competitive gymnastics in or for Great Britain.
"However, you can't get rid of me that easily! Got some exciting projects lined up soon and next year :D hushhush for now tho.
"I'm sat at the gate ready to board my plane. Excited and happy reflecting on the past few weeks/months and what I've achieved.
"Can't thank all of you enough for encouraging me, supporting me and helping me through everything. Especially my close friends and family and everyone at British Gymnastics."
Pinches qualified to compete for Great Britain at London 2012 with City of Liverpool clubmates Beth Tweddle, Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan, and fifth member Imogen Cairns from Portishead, near Bristol.
"I will no longer be doing competitive gymnastics in or for Great Britain."
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