Double Commonwealth medallist Hannah Whelan says the time is right to call time of her gymnastics career after the 22-year-old announced her retirement from the sport.
Whelan has two Olympic Games under her belt and ends on a high after bronze in the all-around at Glasgow 2014 as well as gold in the team event.
Those medals add to an impressive collection for Whelan who won silver at last year’s Europeans – her third medal at continental level after double bronze in 2012.
But despite recent success, Whelan knows she has made the right call.
“I know I’m now ready to stop competing. After London 2012 I took a bit of time to decide to carry on as I wanted to compete at a Commonwealth Games so I set that as my goal,” said Whelan.
“To achieve what we did as a team last year definitely made that decision worthwhile.
“I’ve grown used to the idea of not competing but I still think it will be strange at first when I see the other girls in action – of course I’ll be cheering them all on.
“I’ve always loved and will always love gymnastics, that sense of achievement after every session always kept me going and wanting to better myself.
“Competing in two Olympic Games, winning British titles and representing my country for so long has been incredible.
“To see how far the sport has come on in my time is unbelievable, I’m definitely leaving the sport on a high and I’m so proud to have been a part of helping get the British team to where we are today.”