INJURY may have plagued Southampton Solent gymnastic sensation Kelly Simm in recent months, but she’s determined to put it all behind her at this summer’s World University Games.

Held biennially in major cities across the globe, the World University Games (WUGS) sees athletes come together to compete across numerous sports with the Summer Universiade the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics. Simm, 22, is one of almost 10,000 participants from over 170 countries expected to compete at the Games which will be held in Chinese Taipei from August 19 to 30. 

The Whiteley gymnast won four gold medals in the prestigious international event, where gymnasts from her club Dynamo also put in some fantastic displays.

Simm was left out of the Great Britain squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics. But she has since increased her difficulty levels and was rewarded with four titles at the Rushmoor Academy.

SOUTHAMPTON’S Kelly Simm may have been disheartened to not compete at the Gymnastics World Cup last weekend, but is in full preparation to produce her best in her opening competition of the season next month.


The 20-year-old was ruled out of her first world cup event due to injury, after being selected as a wildcard for the British team, but is returning back to her best, just in time for the British Championships in April.

Second year student and artistic gymnast Kelly Simm represented Team GB at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow in October this year, where they won their first ever world team final medal. Kelly, who is in her second year of studying BSc Applied Sports Science at Solent and a member of the University’s High Performance Academy, was selected alongside five of Britain’s best gymnasts.
We spoke to Kelly to find out how it felt to win bronze with Team GB, how she puts aside her nerves and how she is preparing for Rio 2016 trials.

Britain’s recent busiest international gymnast Kelly Simm has kindly found the time in her incredibly hectic schedule to talk to British Gymnewstics about her recent competitions, coming through the challenge cup route onto the British team, her training schedule, national squad, competing for Great Britain, growing up at Dynamo, all the impressive upgrades she has debuted this year, and her advice for young gymnasts.

Gymnast Kelly Simm honoured again at Eastleigh Sports Awards

OLYMPIC hopeful Kelly Simm has scooped her second Sports Award inside six days.

Fresh from winning the senior sportswomen prize at the Winchester Sports Awards, she picked up the Senior Sportsperson silverware when the Eastleigh Sports Awards were held at the Hilton Hotel.

Gymnast Simm lives in the Winchester area but her club, Dynamo School of Gymnastics, are within the Eastleigh district.

Olympic gymnastic hopeful excited to make injury return

Olympic gymnastics hopeful Kelly Simm says she is "excited" to make her return from a back injury at the British Championships on Saturday.

Simm was part of the Great Britain squad which won team bronze at the World Championships in Glasgow in October 2015.

The 20-year-old missed the 2016 World Cup in March, but is fit to compete in all events in Liverpool at the weekend.

Outstanding achievements by Fareham sports stars

Sportsmen and women across the area were recognised for their achievements at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards.

Fareham was represented at the awards with three nominations among the 18 award categories and three winners.

Joanna Corben won master sportsperson of the year for her outstanding achievements in swimming during 2015 for Fareham Nomads and Kelly Wallis won participation coach of the year for her contribution and support to netball in the area.

Rio 2016: Kelly Simm motivated by training at Olympic venues

Great Britain gymnast Kelly Simm says a recent visit to Olympic training venues in Rio has been invaluable.

Simm, from Fareham, near Southampton, spent eight days acclimatising with other potential team members.

"Going out there definitely make you want to come back and makes you work harder," she told BBC Radio Solent.

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