Blog: Olympic legacy

Since my last blog and our successful Team GB competition in Stuttgart, I have been back in the gym in Huntingdon working on my new skills and routines as I get ready for 2013. Next year I plan to compete my new routines in full, which will also see me competing one of the highest start values in the world on both Pbars and Pommel – oh, and my new High Bar routine ain’t too bad either!   In my blogs you may remember that last year I had to miss out on Christmas and New Year as I helped Team GB qualify for the Olympics on January 8th at the O2 arena. So, with Christmas just around the corner I am really looking forward to celebrating it with my family back at my parents’ home and with my friends over the New Year. After an amazing 2012 I think we deserve it!

As 2012 draws to a close it’s also time for reflection, so in my next blog I will look back on my own 2012 journey. For now though I am getting really excited as I’m going to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the year tonight in London. What a year of sport, and this year it is probably the most difficult to call but for me it has to be Bradley Wiggins. The real winner though has to be the Olympic legacy; I have been a gymnast from the age of 5 but even I have to admit that I am amazed at the amount of people now talking about, and actually wanting to take part in gymnastics. Our club in Huntingdon has been just inundated with enquiries and our class sizes are bursting in a building that desperately needs to expand, so more children and adults can enjoy the sport of gymnastics. As I mentioned in one of my recent blogs, my club’s trying to raise £100,000 to make this happen.   I have also heard the same story from so many other clubs, but if you are interested or know someone who would like to give gymnastics a go then simply go to the British Gymnastics website to find a club near to where you live. British Gymnastics has an excellent coach training programme and all the clubs are affiliated to British Gymnastics, so don’t feel that you have to travel to an elite facility to take part as all of the clubs have a great development programme. I started my gymnastics career in Corby before moving to Northampton and then onto Huntingdon, and every one of those clubs has had an important contribution in my development. So, find a club near you and give it a try!   This Olympic legacy is something I was interviewed about last week, by the Northamptonshire Telegraph. I’ll let you know when my interview is published so you can read it yourself if you would like. Here’s a photo from the interview. The photo shows Dan with Jon Dunham, Sports Reporter at the Northamptonshire Telegraph (left), and Andy Nash, Operations Director at Opus Energy (right).

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I hope you all have a great Christmas. Here are my top 5 things that make a family Christmas:

• Christmas dinner at home with my parents

• Christmas breakfast at my girlfriend’s parents’ home

• Seeing my sister as she doesn’t live near me

• Christmas morning at home with my girlfriend

• Surprises and lots of presents!

Well that’s it for now and have a great Christmas!

Cheers, Dan