THE relief was clear to see on Kelly Simm’s face after she earned a Commonwealth bronze medal on the beam on Monday to complete her own ‘redemption’ story.
The 22-year-old – a key member of the England women’s team that claimed silver last weekend to kick off this gymnastics event in fine style – has struggled individually up to this point on the Gold Coast. She fell off the beam in the all-around final to cost herself a medal and then ended sixth in the uneven bars apparatus final.
But on Monday she returned to the beam – her nemesis 48 hours earlier – and produced a clean run of 13.033 to take bronze.
“It feels so good to have this medal round my neck, it has been quite an up and down Games for me so to get this and redeem myself for the individual all-around final is amazing,” she said.
“When I got up this morning I just really wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, that the other day was a fluke.
“I was so gutted after the all-around final and I am really grateful to everyone who managed to pick me back up, my coaches, my parents, everyone on my team and all the messages on social media – it really gives you a massive boost and you want to show everyone what you can do.
“I told myself I just wanted to go clean, whatever the outcome."
“I am not known for my beam work so I knew there was a chance I would miss a medal. But then when you see there is a chance you could finish fourth, that would have stung a bit.”
Simm – a gold medallist in Glasgow 2014 in the team event – now has the full set of Commonwealth medals and is dreaming even bigger.
“I am really happy overall, I was really disappointed the last couple of days but this has been great. I think in a few days it will sink that I did do a pretty good job,” she said.
“This has given me a big push and I am excited to get back in the gym and work on some new skills because I couldn’t do that last year because of injury.”
Kelly’s success comes on the back of being crowned British all-around champion last month. She has had the support of her parents, Heather and Craig and younger brother Alex, on the Gold Coast, along with that of Keith and Debbie Richardson, her coaches at the Dynamo School of Gymnastics in  Hamble.
Club spokeswoman Kerri Beaven said: “After leading the British team to silver on Friday, it’s been a fantastic few days for Kelly.
“She finished fifth despite her unfortunate fall in the all around final and also made the bars final.
“The club has been buzzing to see her do so well.”

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