Olympic gymnast Amelie Morgan proved she has more talent than the single beam as she soars over the waves in Cornwall.
The Portishead bronze medalist has not returned for a long time from her first Olympics in Tokyo and hosted a big celebratory party on the Lizard by her longtime trainer Liz Kincaid.
The 18-year-old made history with the GB team’s gymnastics team as the first British team to win a medal in a team event in almost a century.
This week, she let off steam in the Lizard Peninsula, including taking surf lessons on Poldhu beach.
Liz says only a limited number of coaches were accredited to travel to Tokyo with the team and that she was not selected. Covid’s restrictions also meant she couldn’t come out and support her as a spectator. Amélie and Liz have been training together since 2017 and the gymnast says she wouldn’t be the athlete she is today without her.
“I think sometimes the coaches are one of the people who go unnoticed and they play just as important a role as the gymnast. And she has played such an important role not only in my gymnastics but also in my life. I don’t have her. will never thank enough for all that is she has done to get me to where I am, ”she said.
For 30 years, Liz Kincaid has coached gymnasts nationally and internationally, including former Olympians Ruby Harrold and Imogen Cairns.
But she told ITV West Country that Amelie at the Olympics the year she retired was the peak of her career.
“[Retirement] is going to be different and strange after 30 years. My first world championships in 2005, four performances at the Olympics and it’s the first medal so I’m absolutely delighted that this is the pinnacle of Amélie’s career and my career. “
Amelie’s mother, Kate Morgan, says the strength of the relationship has been extremely important to both of them.
“She spends more time with her than with me! They really have an amazing relationship.”
Athletes would normally be allowed to stay until the Olympic Closing Ceremony and would have more time to soak up the experience. Despite the unusual circumstances, Amélie says she still carries a lot of amazing memories, like sharing the dining room with athletes and food from all over the world – and meeting people who live in Japan.
“The Japanese are the cutest people ever, they are so respectful. I remember getting off the bus and kids playing tennis, they dropped their rackets and then bowed to us and they were so polite. . “