How I started
I have always been a climber. I remember always wanting to climb on the monkey bars and up trees as a child! It was always something I would do passively when out with friends or with my parents. I also always had lots of energy, I was always hyperactive it seemed. It was through a teacher that introduced me to the school’s Gymnastic’s club that I fell in love with the sport. It was everything I had wanted out of a sport and I loved it! I kept on practising and eventually was able to attend events between schools at a county and national level!
My Greatest Achievement
My greatest achievement has to be winning a team bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics. It was a real goosebumps moment. It made me incredibly proud and gave me a massive feeling of pride. It had felt like everything just fell into place and this was it, my dreams were realised. I was so glad to have done my family and friends proud, but also relieved that myself and my teammates had produced a great result for Britain!
My Greatest Challenge
The greatest challenge I have faced has to be not being selected for a major Team GB competition, this was a massive setback, especially having trained so much for it. The feeling of being let down was massive, but I had to bounce back, and I knew this. So, I began training again, and I began training harder than ever before. I smashed previous records in the gym, I tried new things, I developed my skills. I came back and was selected for the next Team GB competition, and that was all the proof I needed to tell me that I can do anything.
My hobbies include gymnastics, bowling, going to the cinema and spending time on my Playstation! Of course, some of these must be done in moderation, for instance, I make sure that I have done exercise for the day because it can become too much after a while! I always ensure that I have completed all other jobs before booting up my Playstation. As for going to the cinema, I just love being there! I am a massive film lover, so I enjoy going and watching something, it’s so much fun!
My favourite meal is a classic Sunday roast, these are a staple in my household as they are tasty and have a great balanced selection of foods! You get all you need out of a good old roast!
Dan was absolutely amazing with all the children today. It is brilliant for the children to be able to listen to and learn from such an inspiring individual. The kids were amazed by his handstands and backflips and to be able to see and hold an Olympic medal is a wonderful opportunity for all of them. Also, to know that their sponsor money is helping to provide opportunities for athletes like Dan and those who come after him, makes their fundraising so relevant during our sports week. Thank you so much.
Corrie Primary and Nursery School