Team GB gymnast launches desperate appeal to find 60 medals which she sold for ... trends now

Team GB gymnast launches desperate appeal to find 60 medals which she sold for ... trends now
Team GB gymnast launches desperate appeal to find 60 medals which she sold for ... trends now

Team GB gymnast launches desperate appeal to find 60 medals which she sold for ... trends now

A former Team GB gymnast has made a desperate appeal for help finding 60 medals that she sold in disgust for five pounds at a car boot sale almost 15 years ago.

Nathalie Moutia, a 43-year-old from Aldershot, represented her country as a rhythmic gymnast for more than a decade from the age of nine, and was crowned British Champion aged just 13. 

But four years ago she became one of hundreds of former UK gymnasts to reveal a string of bullying and physical and emotional abuse allegations at the heart of the sport.

Ms Moutia was diagnosed with PTSD due to the abuse she said she suffered at the hands of Team GB coaches. The former athlete said this included coaches weighing her twice a day, denying her food and making her train even while injured. 

She says it was these memories which made her, in a moment of rashness she now regrets, to sell off all her medals at a Sunday car boot sale in Chichester, West Sussex at some point between 2006 and 2009.

Nathalie Moutia, a 43-year-old from Aldershot, represented her country as a rhythmic gymnast for more than a decade from the age of nine

Nathalie Moutia, a 43-year-old from Aldershot, represented her country as a rhythmic gymnast for more than a decade from the age of nine

The only photograph Ms Moutia still has showing the medals she won over a career lasting more than a decade

The only photograph Ms Moutia still has showing the medals she won over a career lasting more than a decade 

Explaining the decision, which she made during her twenties while she was working in HR, Ms Moutia told MailOnline:  'One Sunday my partner just said to me: ''We're doing a car boot sale this morning. 

'Why don't you put them all in a box and we can sell them?''. He encouraged me to get rid of them. It was all with good intentions – out of sight, out of mind - but when I remember that moment, I wish I could turn the clock back.'

Ms Moutia recalls an elderly man approaching their trestle table at the car boot sale, pointing at the cardboard box filled with her medals and saying: 'I'll take all of those.'

'I remember thinking, ''I don't care what I get for them, I just want them gone,'' she said. 

'So, I said, ''Is a fiver okay?'' He said ''yes,'' picked up the box and walked away. It was a sense of relief at the time, but I can't believe that I let that happen.

'Now all I have is this photograph with the medals, taken when I was 13 and at the peak of my gymnastics career. 

'This is the only picture I have, and it only shows half of the medals sold because I went on to win lots more before I eventually retired from the sport in 1998.'

Ms Moutia was crowned British Champion aged just 13. She gave away her medals in disgust at the way she and other athletes had been treated, but now regrets the decision

Ms Moutia was crowned British

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