What an amazing start to 2018 it has been, I can’t believe it is only May! Going into this year I hadn’t done an all-around competition since my ankle injury at the end of 2016, so I was unsure of how my body was going to cope going into competitions. This year our competition season began much earlier than we are used to due to having the Commonwealth Games being held in April. We began trials for this in January, followed by the English championships a week later. I was then given the opportunity to compete in the American cup in Chicago, a huge event for us in gymnastics and I was happy to go and produced a solid all-around performance in a big arena. It was then another quick turn around as we had the British championships that same week that we got home from Chicago – so no time for jetlag!

Going into the British I was quite tired from the week before, so I was hoping to produce steady safe routines and to win was completely unexpected! It was such a special weekend, my coach Keith turned 70 the day before so I was very glad that him having to spend his birthday up at Liverpool was worth it! I think he is also now the first British coach to have coached a Male and Female gymnast to a British all-around title, which is amazing! Straight after the British we then had two weeks of training camps as a team up at Lilleshall before we flew out to Australia, and then another week once we landed in Australia to get over the jetlag and get used to the training hall and the weather before the games began.

Day one of competition was straight into the Team final for us and we were in the final subdivision with Australia, so the arena was very loud which made the atmosphere incredible. It was devastating to lose Claudia and Amy due to injury before we got out to Australia, however Lucy and Taeja did such a great job stepping into the team in their first major senior internationals. We fought very hard all the way around the competition and ended up coming out with Team Silver, 0.425 behind Canada who took Gold. I was named team captain before we came out to Australia due to having already had a number of major internationals experiences, and to go round and help that team was something I will never forget. I qualified for the all-around final the following day, and the bars and beam finals the next few days after. A fall on Beam in the all-around final kept me out of the medals the following day, which I was extremely gutted about immediately after the competition, however I am very proud to have gone out in the final day of gymnastics in the Beam final and finish strong on the event that let me down in the all-around, so to finish with an individual Bronze medal there was incredible. As we were one of the first sports to start competiting, we had a few days after our compeitions to see a bit of Austrailia before the games ended. We got to visit the Koalas and Kangaroos, go to the beaches and try surfing and also got time to go to the waterpark and themeparks that we had been driving past everyday on the way to training sessions!

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We have been home for just under three weeks now and I am fully back into training (and university). I am hoping to get a few new skills into my routines ready for our European trials in June. Once again a massive massive thank you to everyone who has helped get me here. I am so thankful to my coaches and the EIS team at British gymnastics for getting me back to this point where I was able to be strong enough to compete in all these competitions at the beginning of this year, I am so grateful to be back doing what I love. Massive thank you to my family, friends and everyone for all the messages I have received throughout the last few months.

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