I first began gymnastics at the age of seven. I tried football before that but soon realised this wasn’t the sport for me. As a young boy I was fullof energy, always on the go, having fun, climbing trees, playing with my friends and jumping about, hyperactive really, so my family and friends thought I might enjoy the sport of Gymnastics. I was then introduced to Southport Gymnastics Club which I joined and that was how it all began. From the very start I loved the sport. It gave me something tofocus on and channel the tremendous energy I seemed to have. It was at Southport that I met Jeff Brooks who would become my personal coach and I have trained with Jeff at Southport for over twenty years. The first aim was to make the GB Squad and I had to finish in the top fifteen at the National Finals and then attend further trials. I made it and that was when it all started. The rest of my career took a lot of hard work, determination and perseverance. There were many ups and downs, highs and lows and a huge commitment from my parents driving me to training six days a week. They supported me and picked me up when I was down along with my coach Jeff. I needed their support training over thirty two hours a week as well as many competitions across the country and abroad. My career would never have been possible without their commitment and efforts.
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