Olympic, world and European medal winner Daniel Purvis has today announced his retirement from competitive gymnastics.
Dan has been a mainstay of the British men’s team for the last decade and was a key member of our historic Olympic bronze medal winning team in 2012. He also won world team silver in 2015 and individual floor bronze in 2010, along with eight European medals and five Commonwealth medals for Team Scotland during a career that helped transform men’s artistic gymnastics.
He is retiring from competition with ambitions to continue his gymnastics journey through coaching; he is part of the prestigious UK Sport 'Athlete to Coach' Programme and has been working with the GBR Development Squads.
Dan said: "It’s a surreal feeling retiring. It’s a scary feeling knowing that I won’t be training, competing and doing what I have loved to do for many years.
"I am certainly going to miss it but on the other hand I have been fortunate enough to start on the elite Athlete to Coach transition programme which I’m really excited about and I’m looking forward to those new gymnastics’ challenges ahead.
"It’s hard to say just one highlight over the years as there has been so many as an individual and with my teammates, however the one that has to stand out the most for me was the London 2012 bronze team medal. It was always a dream of mine as a little boy to go to the Olympic Games but to come away with a medal was something I never thought would happen; I still get goose bumps to this day thinking about it. It’s been a dream come true. It was an incredible moment and to share that feeling with my team mates was even more special. Achieving this result on home soil with my coach, family and friends there watching was something I will never forget.
"It’s been a great honour to represent Great Britain and Scotland over many years. I am very proud to have been selected for both teams and to have been a part of so many historic and amazing results."Dan will be attending both the Scottish and British Championships giving fans a chance to celebrate his career with him.