Tulloch ready to put new routines to the test at AYOF

17 January 2013 / 18:20

Courtney Tulloch is confident an array of new routines can help him add another title to an already impressive résumé at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

The 17-year-old enjoyed a successful year in 2012, helping Britain's juniors win their third successive European team gold in Montpellier in May before claiming gold on the rings at the same championships.

And, having witnessed Britain win their first Olympic gymnastics team medal for 100 years in person at London 2012, Tulloch insists he is gunning to repeat a similar feat with his own outfit Down Under in Sydney.

"I have had a really good year and been to a lot of really good competitions," said Tulloch. "Winning at the Europeans and watching the Olympics was amazing so getting chosen to go to Australia was fantastic and hopefully I can get a few medals.

"I watched some of the qualifications of the men's gymnastics in London and the atmosphere of the arena was amazing and they did so well against great opposition.

"I think the junior Europeans in France was the highlight of my year. We came first as a team and I got a gold medal on the rings which I was really happy with.

"I have got loads of new routines so I am looking forward to putting them into practice in Australia and getting into the all-around final with the team as well as individual medals."

Tulloch will tackle every individual discipline as well as the all-around and team events in Australian and he sees it as an opportunity to prove himself before making the step up to senior level.

"Although I am competing in a lot of events myself the team comes first,” he added. "We know each other really well and we bond really well so we want to pull together and make sure we do well collectively as we showed last year."

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