Blog: looking back, looking forward

Hi all,

The gymnastics competition season is finally coming to a close and British gymnastics has had its most successful season ever:

•15 medals and eight titles at the Europeans

•24 medals at the Commonwealths

•a first Youth Olympic title

•both men’s and women’s teams reaching the world finals for the first time

•Beth Tweddle, Louis Smith, and Daniel Purvis winning individual world championship gold, silver, and bronze, respectively

With the close of the competition season we now go into the award season and on 4 November I was awarded the title of Northamptonshire Sports Personality of the Year for the second time after winning my Gold and Silver medals at the European Championships.

The awards were held at the county cricket ground in Northampton and were presented by Radio 5 Live broadcaster Mike Sewell. Apart from my own award it was also nice to see Karen Rate being recognised by winning coach of the year. Karen coached me at Northampton Boys Gymnastics club from 1996 to 1998 before I moved to my current club in Huntingdon.

I have now been nominated for the East Region Sports Personality and I will also be a guest at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Birmingham on 19 December.

My own training is going really well and after six months of intensive rehab I am now back training all six apparatus and hope to be back in competition for the Scottish Championships at the end of February in Perth, Scotland and if all goes well I then hope to compete at the European Championships in Berlin in April.

Cheers, Dan