Blog: Happy New Year from Daniel Keatings

Looking back over 2010:

2010 for me has been mixed with career highs and injuries. Team GB however has continued to go from strength to strength.

•March 2010 – Americas Cup:

I finished 5th in the All around and a good start to the season with some new skills tested in competition.

•March 2010 – London Open:

I tidied up my new skills which helped me to break through the 90.0 barrier and score my highest career total score of 90.5, something I had been trying to do for 18 months.

•March 2010 – British Teams:

Dislocated my fingers on parallel bars two days before the competition. I still competed but with weaker routines to help Huntingdon claim silver.

•April 2010 – European Championships:

I was part of a five-man Team GB that claimed our first ever team medal by taking a historic silver, behind Germany in Birmingham. I also won Britain’s first ever Men’s European title by claiming gold on the pommel horse.

Two days after that win and while training at my gym in Huntingdon, I ruptured my ACL tendon which brought my competition season to a shuddering stop.   After a successful rehabilitation programme I am really looking forward to competing again in 2011 and would like to send a special thank you to everyone who has helped me get through a very difficult 8 months: the GB coaching and medical team who have been absolutely unbelievable, my family, my personal coaches, my sponsors and supporters, my team mates and my friends all of whom have had an important influence on my recovery.

The competition season starts again in March and I am looking forward to taking part in some low-key competitions to help increase my fitness before hopefully being selected into Team GB for the two major competitions of the year including the Berlin European Championships in April, and the Tokyo World Championships in October.

Oh! and I almost forgot, I will be celebrating my 21st birthday on 4 January.

Here’s to a successful 2011!

Cheers, Dan