International Gymnast
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DANIEL KEATINGS

MAKING HISTORY

My gymnastics career started when I was just 5 years old when my parents enrolled me into my local gym club in Corby, Northants.

My Father had wanted me to follow him into Kickboxing but his club couldn't get insurance for children under seven so instead they enrolled me into gymnastics to get me flexible with the intention of me joining my Dad's Kickboxing class when I was eligible.

My coach quickly recognised my talent for gymnastics and moved me to a dedicated boys club in Northampton .and after two years in Northampton I was once again advised to move but this time to an Elite facility in Huntingdon.  Huntingdon is still my club today where I travel 60 miles six days a week to be coached by Paul Hall.

I entered my first British NDP championships one year later aged Nine winning Gold at my first attempt from a field of 120 gymnasts, I retained the title each year for the next two years before being pipped into silver on my 4th and historic attempt.

I was selected to join the British Squad when I was ten and competed for GB for the first time when I was 12 in Pennsylvania – USA  finishing second.  

I have won a total of Eight British All Around titles and claimed the Senior British All Around title in 2007 aged Seventeen.

In 2006 I was selected to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth games in Melbourne – Australia, unfortunately during the competition I suffered three stress fractures to my spine and had to withdraw from the competition. The injury would continue to plague me for 12 months and at one point I seriously considered quitting, it was purely my love of the sport that made me return after eight weeks of complete rest. It was very slow at first and I wasn't convinced I would ever return to  my previous level but I kept improving slowly and 12 months after the original injury I was selected to represent GB again in Paris, this time finishing 20th on the Pommel horse. Undeterred I continued to improve and three weeks later I won the All Around title for GB in Kiev – Ukraine, before claiming a silver medal on the pommel horse in the world cup event in Maribor – Slovenia.

My form continued to improve and I entered my first Senior European championships in Amsterdam 2007 finishing 13th All Around and 2nd on the Pommel Horse winning my first Major Medal.

Later in 2007 I entered my first Senior world championships in Stuttgart – Germany finishing 32nd All Around and 7th on the Pommel horse.

My good run of form was all while I was technically still a Junior and in 2008 GB decided to enter me into the Junior European championships in Luasanne - Switzerland . This was to be my most successful competition to date and a Historic result for Great Britain where I won 4 gold and 1 Bronze medal including the coveted  All Around and Team titles, something that has never before been achieved by a British gymnast and team.

Later in 2008 I was selected to represent GB in the Olympic games in Beijing – China, the ultimate dream for any Gymnast where I qualified for the All around final finishing 20th and narrowly missing the Pommel final finishing 9th .

In April 2009 I was selected this time for the Senior European championships in Milan – Italy, where I won a Silver in the All Around final, Britain's first ever All Around medal in a major championships and a Bronze on the pommel horse.

October 2009 - In front of a large British audience at the o2 Arena in London I won a Silver Medal in the All Around competition at the World Championships  - The first ever World All Around medal for GB

April 2010 - At the European championships I won Britain’s first ever Gold medal at a major championships by claiming Gold on the Pommel Horse. I was also part of Team GB who claimed their first ever medal as a team taking Silver behind Germany.
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