Blog: team GB departs for Berlin

Team GB has today departed for the European Championships in Berlin but unfortunately I won’t be joining them on this occasion.

Obviously I am a little bit disappointed but my routines are just not quite sharp enough yet and I still have a bit more work to get them back to the standard prior to my injury. My original competition target after my operation was to compete in October at the World Championships in Tokyo. But my rehabilitation was ahead of schedule which allowed me to challenge for a spot on the team for the European Championships, so I guess I am still really pleased that I almost clinched one of the spots.

I have been training at Lilleshall with the rest of Team GB for the past two weeks as I am still the first reserve team member and I have to say the team is looking really strong so I wish them all the best of luck. The boys have a friendly competition with Team Germany this weekend in Leipzig before travelling to Berlin with the qualifying rounds for the championships starting on 5 April.

The British Team championships were held in Leicester on 20 March and Team Huntingdon finished third behind South Essex and Leeds respectively. Unfortunately we were unable to field our strongest team as Louis Smith was competing in Paris, Sam Oldham only performed on three apparatus and I could only perform on four apparatus due to a small injury I picked up mid week on my left index finger. But the rest of the team; Luke Carson, Amhard Thomas and Cameron Mackenzie; performed brilliantly and pulled the team through to clinch the Bronze medal.

I also took part in a GB v France friendly held in Ipswich on 26 March, which we won comfortably ahead of France by ten marks. I put in a fairly solid competition apart from a fall on the rings and scored 88.05 which saw me finish 2nd All Around. This was a good competition for me and shows I am making good progress on my routines as my overall score has got better in every competition I have entered. I feel I am almost back to where I would like to be.

Cheers, Dan