Since my last blog we have finally received confirmation that Glasgow have won their bid to be the host city for the 2015 Gymnastic World Championships, beating off tough competition from Paris and Orlando. While I was out commentating for the BBC at last year’s World Championships in Rotterdam I was also asked to be part of the formal delegation presenting the bid to the FIG (Federation of International Gymnastics), so personally I am really pleased to have been part of the bid.
I’m also pleased because it will follow a special year in 2014 when I will be competing for Scotland in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games.
The two events in 2014 and 2015 will share the same stadium; a brand new £120m, 12500 seat Scottish National Arena still currently being built. The World Championships in 2015 will also be the qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A very special time for Glasgow and Scotland. Apart from the great news about the World Championships, I have also been away training in Lisburn Northern Ireland for four days’ training at their fantastic world class gymnasium. The gym is completely kitted out with Gymnova equipment, which is the same equipment that will be used in the 2012 London Olympics. It was also the first time I really got to try out my new routines away from the comfort of Huntingdon and I was really pleased with my performance over the four days. We are now back in Huntingdon preparing for the Japan Cup in Tokyo which starts week commencing 28 June, so it’s now really important that I knuckle down and finalise my routines, and build on my consistency.