Blog: awards galore for Daniel Keatings

Monday 7th December 2009 – Awards Galore

Having arrived back in the UK, after a much needed holiday, I was straight back in the gym for some light conditioning and stretching. I had been invited to attend and perform at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards on the Tuesday evening, and had to prepare small routine.

Tuesday morning I was feeling a little tired and after another conditioning session I headed to Newmarket for another awards evening, the BBC East Sports Awards. After performing my routine I was then, to my surprise, presented with an award for the most ‘Inspirational Performance of the year’! The award was in recognition for my achievements at the World Championships.

The next awards ceremony was the Sports Journalist Award lunch held in London, which meant a day off training! My coach Paul Hall, team mate Louis Smith and I attended to see British Gymnastics awarded with the prestigious Sports Journalist Association Committee Award. The award recognises “the progress made by a sport which is now established as a medal-winning force on the world stage.” This is a great achievement for British Gymnastics.

Thursday I was back to full training mode. But that wasn’t all for the award ceremonies; I also had to work on a routine for my appearance at the BBC Sports Personality of 2009 awards in Sheffield. By this time my body was aching from head to toe and was screaming at me to stop. It was obvious that my two weeks of fun had finally caught up with me. But it was important to keep warm with some light conditioning and stretching ahead of Saturday…my day of rest!

Sunday 13th December 2009 – Sports Personality of 2009 Awards

More conditioning Sunday morning, before travelling to Sheffield for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. It felt like my body was finally getting back to normal, but it was a harsh reminder of why I don’t usually take a two week holiday – it’s just too painful.

The awards were a great way to end a fantastic 2009; I got to perform in front of some of the UK’s finest sports men and women alongside Gold Medallist Beth Tweddle. It was also great to see Beth and British Gymnastics recognised alongside sports such as football, athletics and Formula 1. It just shows how far British Gymnastics has come on in the last few years.

You can watch the routines from Beth and I, on BBC iPlayer.

Missing the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Deli

On a more disappointing note, I also received news this week that unfortunately I will not be participating in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi. Due to a tight schedule for 2010 the CWG clashes with the Gymnastics World championships. It is very important that team GB finish in the top 24 teams at the Worlds as it is the first qualifying stage for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

This is obviously really disappointing for me as the CWG is only one of a handful of competitions were I can compete for my home nation Scotland. But I also support the decision of British Gymnastics and appreciate the importance of qualifying for the next stage of London 2012.

It does however give a great opportunity to Gymnasts on the fringes of the National teams to take part in large multisport event and I wish all of my team mates the best of luck in Delhi next year. That’s all for 2009 – it’s been a hectic one!

As this is my last blog of 2009 I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dan