Blog: Daniel Keatings at the first competition of the 2010 season

I have just returned from a weeks training at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre as part of GB’s preparation for the Europeans and I can’t believe the competition season starts again next week! The winter breaks away from routines just seem to get shorter each year and the focus is now firmly away from new skills and back on routines. It is really important that we get the consistency with minimal errors back into our routines.

The ten man GB squad is looking really strong now and with only five places available for the European team everyone will be fighting for a place, including myself. All of us are working hard and are bonding as a team really well so it will be a sad day when the team is announced as everyone deserves a slot. The choice will be left with the GB Technical Committee. It is important that we get the balance just right with a good mix of all-around gymnasts and apparatus specialists as the format for the European teams will be five gymnasts up but only four scores count, so you need the specialists to give you the high scores and the all-around gymnasts to give you the consistency across all apparatus.

My own competition season starts this Wednesday (3rd March) when I will be flying to Massachusetts for the Americas Cup. I have had a mixed week at Lilleshall and my preparations have had a little setback when on Monday I stubbed my index finger on the Pbars. I had to put all my focus on conditioning until the swelling went down. I got back into my routines on Thursday and I am quite happy with them except for a few small errors which I should hopefully get rid off over the next four days in Huntingdon.

The rest of the GB squad will be at the English championships on Saturday except for Danny P, who also competes for Scotland. After that we have the London Open on the 13th March, the British Teams on the 27th march and then the European Gymnastic Championships starting on the 21st April.

The first competition in a new season is always the toughest SO WISH ME LUCK!

Dan