Now I really know what it’s like to live out of a suitcase I have just finished packing and I am now chilling out with my girlfriend for a couple of hours before catching an early flight to Slovenia for the Maribor Grand Prix this weekend (June 1-3rd).
Since my last blog I have travelled to Montpellier, France for a training camp with the GB Squad as they prepared for the European Championships. WHAT A RESULT!!!! I always knew that British Gymnastics was on the verge of dominating a European Championships after coming very close in 2010 when we dominated the Junior competition. Then we won: the Team Gold; All Around Gold and Silver; Gold on the Floor, Pommel and Hbar; and Bronze on Rings and HBar. In the Senior Competition we went on to win: the Team Silver; Silver on Pommel; and the first ever individual apparatus Gold for British Gymnastics, when I took the Gold on the Pommel Horse. Phew!!!
Fast forward two years to Montpellier, France the Juniors yet again dominated the Junior competition winning: the Team Gold; All Around Gold; and Silver and Gold on Pommel, Rings and Hbar. The Seniors also went one better than in 2010. The competition was decided on the very last routine on High Bar; Kristian Thomas performed brilliantly to score 15.133 and to claim Great Britain’s first ever Team Gold in a major championships.
The next day Louis Smith continued to show his dominance on the Pommel by claiming Silver (behind Kristain Berkie of Hungary). WOW, what a future!! Obviously I was slightly disappointed not to be there and be a part of the first ever winning team, but I am now 100% fit and training all six apparatus again and looking forward to the Olympic selection.
I now have a very busy schedule over the next four weeks. I begin in Maribor, Slovenia this weekend, followed by Ghent, Belgium the next weekend, and then the final team selection competition will be at the British Championships in Liverpool next month.
I also had the opportunity last week to visit two schools with Opus Energy where I spent the morning talking to and teaching the children some gymnastics. It was a great day out and the schools really do have some talented young gymnasts. I hope I have inspired them to get involved in sport.
Here are some images from the day. More will follow on my blogspot next week!
Finally, I would like to congratulate both the Junior and Senior teams for the huge success at the European Championships in Montpellier!
Juniors: •Frank Baines •Nile Wilson •Jay Thompson •Courtney Tulloch •Brinn Bevan
Seniors: •Daniel Purvis •Kristian Thomas •Louis Smith •Max Whitlock •Rulan Panteleymanov