DOWNIE Rebecca
Great Britain
GBR
Title
Ms
Lastname
DOWNIE
Firstname
Rebecca
Gender
female
Country
Great Britain
Place of birth
Nottingham
Year of birth
1992 (32 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
Bex, Bexta, Beck, Becky, The Double Downies [a reference to Rebecca and her sister Elissa, who has also represented Great Britain in artistic gymnastics]. (Instagram profile, 04 Oct 2018; theguardian.com, 25 Apr 2015; NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Occupation
Athlete
Spoken languages
English
Club
Amber Valley Gymnastics: England
Sporting relatives
Her younger sister Elissa Downie has represented Great Britain in artistic gymnastics, winning gold in the individual all-around at the 2017 European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Sep 2021; intlgymnast.com, 02 Aug 2017; beckydownie.com, 15 May 2012)
Injuries
She sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon in June 2022 and was out of competition until March 2023. (bbc.com, 07 Apr 2023)

She underwent ankle surgery in November 2018. (bbc.co.uk, 14 Nov 2018)

In August 2018 she sustained an injury in training during a dismount from the beam. The problem meant she missed the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (british-gymnastics.org, 01 Aug 2018; bbc.co.uk, 01 Aug 2018)

In April 2017 she tore the cruciate ligament in her elbow and was unable to compete for more than 12 months. (nottinghampost.com, 23 Mar 2018)

She was unable to vault in competition for two years between March 2012 and March 2014 due to a recurring foot injury. (nottinghampost.com, 17 Mar 2014)

In 2011 she suffered an Achilles tendon injury while training. (fulltwist.net, 29 Jan 2011)

She missed about three months with a stress fracture to her back earlier in her career. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Start sporting career
She took up the sport at age seven at the Bigwood Gymnastics Club in England.
Reason for taking up the sport
"Before gymnastics I studied ballet, tap and stage dance. The dancing didn't really work out for me so I decided to try gymnastics as a school friend did it."
Milestones
She was a member of the first British female artistic gymnastics team to win a medal in the team event at the world championships, claiming bronze at the 2015 edition of the tournament in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Sep 2021; doubledownies.com, 20 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. She also wants to open her own gym with her sister Elissa. (thisismoney.co.uk, 14 May 2023; bbc.com, 07 Apr 2023)
Hero / Idol
Russian artistic gymnast Aliya Mustafina. (gymandnews.com, 08 Sep 2016)
Philosophy / Motto
"Sometimes being great isn't enough, you've got to be more than great. Growing up I didn't have an idol. I just loved my sport and wanted to be the best I could." [Serena Williams] (Twitter profile, 25 Apr 2020)
Awards
In 2015 she was named Sportswoman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards in London, England. (nottinghampost.com, 23 Mar 2018)

She was named the 2006 Junior Sportswoman of the Year by BBC East Midlands. (BBC, 07 May 2008; beckydownie.com, 29 Jan 2008)
Additional information
COMEBACK FROM INJURY
She won gold on uneven bars at the 2023 British Championships in Liverpool, England, upon her return from an Achilles tendon injury suffered in 2022. "I actually saw the injury as a game-changer for my career. Normally, an injury like that is career-ending but the team really trusted me. I've done enough training with injuries over the years to know what to do. I still love what I do, and I just felt I had so much more to give which is why I chose to stay in the sport [after the injury]. It was a big decision. But being British champion on bars has given me a lot of confidence going forward, and it's important for me to get back on the international stage, back in the team environment and I want to make sure I enjoy it. I have a lot more to offer." (bbc.com, 07 Apr 2023; british-gymnastics.org, 26 Mar 2023)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation. "Two years ago [2021], I lost my brother Josh who was 24 and had an undiagnosed heart condition. It's still very hard for me to get my head around what happened to him. Since then, I have had the massive honour to be asked to work with the British Heart Foundation as an ambassador. It's incredible for me to see the work the charity does every day to support families and to fund new cardiovascular research." She also co-founded a line of leotards and has run gymnastics experience days with her sister and fellow gymnast Elissa Downie. "I've always loved fashion and design. The leotards stuff is so much fun." (thisismoney.co.uk, 14 May 2023; Instagram team profile, 13 May 2023; nottinghampost.com, 23 Mar 2018)

RECORD BREAKER
In October 2017 she set a world record for the most aerial cartwheels performed on a balance beam in one minute. She completed 17 cartwheels in Nottingham, England, while being filmed for a British children's television show called 'Officially Amazing'. (Twitter profile, 27 Apr 2018)

Last update : 2024-04-25

Olympic Games

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
81
Score Qualif.
28.533 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
15.233
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
52
Score Qualif.
13.300
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
174.362
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
174.064

2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad BEIJING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
12
Score Final
59.450 
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
58.075 
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
232.425
World Championships

2021 - 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships KITAKYUSHU (JPN)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
14.000
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
13.333

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
199
Score Qualif.
27.900 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.000
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.800
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
18
Score Qualif.
13.100
Team
Rank Final
6
Score Final
161.495
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
161.963

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
213
Score Qualif.
14.400 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.333
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.400
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
160.964

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
239
Score Qualif.
27.600 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
47
Score Qualif.
13.500
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
14.100
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
172.380
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
227.162

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
213
Score Qualif.
29.366 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.166
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
15.166
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
14.200
Team
Rank Final
6
Score Final
168.495
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
224.596

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
92
Score Qualif.
28.700 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
8
Score Final
13.800
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.100
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
13.600

2011 - 43rd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
200
Score Qualif.
25.333 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
14.233
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
168
Score Qualif.
11.100
Team
Rank Final
5
Score Final
169.670
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
220.553

2010 - 42nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ROTTERDAM (NED)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
146
Score Qualif.
42.033 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.300
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
14.033
Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
166.828
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
224.921

2009 - 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
16
Score Final
53.775 
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
53.775 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
13.850
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
13.675
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
60
Score Qualif.
12.500
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
24
Score Qualif.
13.300

2007 - 40th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

Team
Rank Final
7
Score Final
169.175
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Cup

2024 - FIG Apparatus World Cup 2024 - Qualifying OG 2024 CAIRO (EGY)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
7
Score Final
12.933
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
13.933
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
12.533
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
11.933
Continental Championships

2017 - 7th European Individual Championships CLUJ NAPOCA (ROU)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.000
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.433
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
13.333

2016 - 31st European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
74
Score Qualif.
29.366 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.033
Balance Beam
Rank Final
6
Score Final
14.066
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.333
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
170.312
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
173.363

2015 - 6th European Individual Championships 2015 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
77
Score Qualif.
29.599 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.233
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.233
Balance Beam
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.300
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.366

2014 - European Championships 2014 SOFIA (BUL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
37
Score Qualif.
43.900 
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.600
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.100
Balance Beam
Rank Final
4
Score Final
14.366
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
14.200
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
170.663
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
172.147

2013 - 5th European individual Championships 2013 MOSCOW (RUS)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
66
Score Qualif.
14.733 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
7
Score Final
13.000
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.733
World / Challenge Cup

2018 - FIG World Challenge Cup PARIS (FRA)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
13.150
Test Events Olympic Games

2016 - Aquece Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier (Test Event) RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
93
Score Qualif.
25.866 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
63
Score Qualif.
12.633
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
44
Score Qualif.
13.233