Last week we reported that Daniel Keatings was not chosen as a gymnast to represent Great Britain at the up-coming European Championships next week in Berlin. Daniel has written an opinion piece for The Telegraph where he discusses his recovery and how his aim when overcoming injury was to compete at the European Championships.
..although things are definitely falling back into place after such a long absence, I am still a little bit rusty and the decision has been taken for me not to compete at next week’s European Championships in Berlin.
I am disappointed because Berlin had always been a target for me during my recovery, though I am probably about two or three weeks away from regaining my old sharpness and there is no point in rushing things.
Because gymnastics is such a subjective sport, and the marks awarded are often dictated by a gymnast’s reputation, going to Berlin in less than 100 per cent shape would also be a risky thing to do.
If I were to compete there, the judges would be expecting the old Daniel doing all the routines and scoring exactly the same I was last year.
So if I went there and messed up a few things, it would obviously create a picture in their mind about me not getting back to where I used to be. It would paint a negative picture rather than a positive one, and that is something that is best avoided.
Great news! Dan will be competing at the Glasgow Grand Prix in 2 weeks time!!