Blog: a busy few weeks, training, moving house and the British Olympic Ball

Well I have just had a really busy two weeks, on Friday 17th I moved into my own home and away from the comfort and routine of my parent’s home. It’s really nice to have my very own space but I do miss my dad’s cooking and my mum doing everything else – doh!

The very next day on Saturday 18th my younger sister also left home for Drama School in London, suddenly in two days my parents are home alone! What will they do with their spare time…..

After a couple of days off the gym to organise myself and also see my sister off, I was back at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall training with the Commonwealth Teams for Scotland, England and Wales and the GB World Championships Team. The atmosphere in the gym is really on a high as the teams prepare for two major championships. Personally it’s really nice to work alongside them as they really give me a huge lift but I would definitely prefer to be competing with them. My training is going really well and my overall fitness gets better each week.

On Friday 24th I felt really privileged to walk down the red carpet at the British Olympic Ball held in the Grosvenor Hotel in Mayfair, London. It was a really good evening with Mark Ronson and Jamie Cullen providing the entertainment at a star studded ball in aid of the British Olympic Association.

On Monday 27th I saw the National teams depart for Dehli including my personal coach Paul Hall who will be a part of the coaching staff for the English team. Paul also coaches my close friend and training partner at Huntingdon: Luke Folwell, who I will be supporting as he tries to claim another medal at the Commonwealth Games to go with the medal he won in Melbourne. While Paul is away George Predescu the Director of Gymnastics at Loughborough University will be looking after my training at Huntingdon and I will also be spending another week at Lilleshall.

On Thursday 30th I spent the day in York with over 200 youngsters who have been chosen to be ambassadors for the London 2012 Olympics. I had the opportunity to share my experiences from Beijing and emphasise what an important role the ambassadors will have in making London 2012 a huge success.

So as you can see I have had a really busy two weeks, next week I am back at Lilleshall so things should be a bit quieter.

Cheers, Dan