Daniel Keatings: Rehabilitation is on track and I am back training with my GB team mates
After 16 weeks of rehabilitation I am back training, at last, with my GB team mates in Lilleshall. It is a really exciting time for the GB team with section process over for the World Championships.
The places were fiercely fought over, with the members of the junior team, who did so well at the European Championships all vying for places. This is a crucial team selection as we need to secure qualification through to the next round of qualifiers for the London Olympics.
With the selections made, a very strong team has emerged:
• Louis Smith - Olympic, European, world medallist on pommel and European team medallist
• Daniel Purvis - European medallist on Floor and seventh all round and European team medallist
• Kristian Thomas - World Championships all round sixth and European team medallist
• Sam Hunter - European team medallist
• Theo Seager - Junior European team gold medallist and fifth on vault
• Ruslan Pantelymonov - Fourth on Vault at this year’s World Cup Grand Prix in Portugal and the current English champion on rings.
I have every confidence that team GB will have an extremely successful World Championship and get through to the next Olympic qualification stage - I wish them every success and will supporting from the side lines.
On a more personal front my own training is going from strength to strength. My programme at Lilleshall was split into two separate programmes; in the morning session I spent four hours focused on my strength and recovery and in the afternoon I worked alongside the rest of the GB team training some new skills and key elements of my routines.
I am continuing to build on my general strength and fitness and am currently focusing on individual moves on pommel, parallel bars, high bar and rings. On parallel bars I have been working on some new exciting moves that will really increase my start value on this apparatus.
It’s really good to be back with the rest of the squad and a huge motivator!
There have been some exciting developments in the junior team: Britain also has a new Olympic champion - Sam Oldham - who won the high bar gold medal at the inaugural YouthOlympic Games in Singapore in August. Sam also went on to claim silver on the pommel horse and finished fifth in the all round competition, fifth on floor and fourth on p-bars. This is a huge achievement for Sam and GB, he is definitely someone to keep an eye on for the future – well done!
Daniel Keatings, who is powered by Opus Energy, made history last October when he became the first British gymnast to win a medal in the all-round event at the World Gymnastics Championships. To find out more about his sponsorship deal with Opus Energy click here.