Blog: I’m back! The Scottish Championships 2011

Since my last blog I’ve now completed my first competition, the Scottish Championships in Perth, since last year’s European Championships. It’s been nine months since I had reconstruction

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I was a little bit nervous going into the competition, but I got through it and came out injury-free. I am very relieved to have competed on all six apparatus.

The competition didn’t go quite as I had expected, but to be honest I never really thought I would be able to compete on all six apparatus at this stage of my recovery. All the credit must go to my medical team and British Gymnastics.

I started on the floor with a good clean routine but without the normal difficulty. Next up was pommel, where unfortunately I had two falls. I had clean routines on both the rings and the vault, before I moved onto parallel bars where unfortunately I made two large errors. High bar was the last apparatus and I put in a solid routine with very few deductions.

I was off the pace on the scoring but I was more focused on completing a full competition across all the apparatus. But I still managed to bag a silver medal in the process.

This was the first step in the final stage of my recovery, and my focus will now be on improving my skills and difficulty to get me back to the level prior to my injury.

I have another competition this weekend in London where I hope to increase my difficulty before hopefully qualifying for the GB team and the European Championships in Berlin in April.

Once again I can’t thank everyone enough including the medical team, British Gymnastics, my coaches, sponsors, friends and family for giving me so much support, belief and encouragement over the past 11 months.

I’m now officially back, so watch this space!

Cheers, Dan