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.
In an interview on Saturday, the 2015 World University Champion admitted that the recovery has been difficult, but is determined to come back and showcase new routines against the country’s elite gymnasts.
“I was gutted not to be competing as it was going to be my first world cup event. I was so excited, but unfortunately I had a bit of an injury over Christmas which meant the preparation time wasn’t quite there."
“The British Championships is the biggest competition of the year inside the UK for us so is a very important and you always want to perform well there. It's hard to set a goal though, as I'm still not 100% sure what routines I will be competing.”
Her injury has been frustrating to the Dynamo gymnast, but the rehabilitation process has been going well behind the scenes: “I’m just starting to get my individual elements back now. I had to have a bit of rest on the pounding so I couldn’t do all the elements, but I am starting to put my routines together. I’m really hoping they will all be ready in time, and I’m excited to get out there again and compete.”
However, Simm still flew up to Glasgow last weekend, but in a completely new capacity. She sat alongside Matt Baker and Daniel Keatings, commentating for the BBC on Team GB’s gymnasts and their overall performances. This was her first time taking on a media role and Simm relished the opportunity: “It was a completely different experience for me. I’ve never done anything like that before. “It was really good to see how it all works (behind the scenes) and to join Matt and Dan was such a great experience. We’ll see how it looked tomorrow but I think it went okay!”
The Southampton Solent University student was immensely proud of her fellow compatriots in the World Cup event, with Max Whitlock bagging himself the gold medal, home-favourite Dan Purvis taking a bronze and Claudia Fragapane also standing on the medal rostrum, taking a bronze back with her to Bristol. This bodes well for Team GB’s chances in the Olympics and Simm couldn’t be prouder: “It’s amazing! They couldn’t have done any better and just to see them all on the podium is fantastic. I know how hard they all work so it is an amazing achievement.”