Reigning British champion and Olympic team bronze medal winner Dan Purvis says he is ready for action in a bid to defend his crown at the forthcoming Men’s and Women’s British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool.
The Southport gymnast immortalised in superhero pose in the official event artwork hopes to continue his fine form 6 months after an historic Olympic medal.
Dan Purvis “Looking back to last year it was unbelievable, amazing that we won the Olympic medal but also that we were crowed European Champions for the first time ever – that really set our year up. On a personal level it was great to be able to produce 6 routines for the team. The highlight was definitely the crowd, to have that kind of atmosphere build through the competition was crazy, I went first up on pommel and was terrified, I’ve never felt anything like it in my life.
Coming home after London was so different, people generally understand the sport a lot more and appreciate what we did plus it’s always nice to get offered a few free-bees every now and then.
To now see myself as this superhero character is a dream come true – I love my hero films and to see myself in this pose is brilliant, I’m not quite sure we are superheroes but hopefully we’ve inspired plenty of people by what we did last summer.
Last year’s British Championships was fantastic, taking the title and also individual medals in such a brilliant arena, and hopefully this year I can do the same. There’s no doubt the competition is really high and with some juniors moving up to senior level it’s not going to be easy but I’ll be battling all the way.”
The Men’s and Women’s British Championships is the most prestigious event on the artistic national calendar.
The championships will take place from the 22nd-24th March 2013 at Echo Arena in Liverpool. Over the three day event, which includes competition for juniors and seniors, in both the all-around – where gymnasts compete on all pieces of apparatus- and individual apparatus competitions, the crowd will be treated to awe-inspiring displays of strength, suppleness, stamina, coordination and courage.
With the coveted British title at stake, the tension will be high and the pressure will be on to see who can handle the nerves to be crowned Britain’s best. Southport gymnast Dan Purvis is the reigning men’s champion with City of Liverpool's Rebecca Tunney the women’s.
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