Injured Gabby Jupp vows to bounce back

Picture by Alan Edwards
Picture by Alan Edwards

Sapphire starlet Gabby Jupp hopes to return stronger following her injury set-back at the European Championships in Moscow.

British champion Gabby had been on scintillating form going into the European event, but an anterior cruciate ligament tear put paid to her chances of claiming a medal for Great Britain.

“I kind of heard a snap but I didn’t know how bad it was,” said Gabby. “I’ve got an operation in a few weeks but I’ve been told I probably won’t be able to compete for about a year.

“Some people say that when you’ve had an injury like this, it actually makes your leg stronger so hopefully that will be the case for me.”

Gabby, 15, had been in line for a place in the final until she picked up her injury on dismount on the beam and admits it was a big blow.

“It was really disappointing – especially when I was watching it on the TV afterwards because I really wanted to be in the final,” she said.

Despite her set-back, however, Gabby says she has learnt a lot from her time in Moscow.

“It was really good training alongside the Russians and the Romanians and seeing how they train,” said Gabby.

“I really felt like a part of the GB team and it was really nice to be a part of it all.”