18th June 2014
Huntingdon Gymnastics Club is delighted to confirm that 4 of its members have been selected to represent their respective Nations at the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow in 5 weeks time.
Following an announcement from The English Gymnastics Association the Club has confirmed that triple Olympic medallist Louis Smith will make up part of a 5 man England Squad- his first major team event since the London Olympics in 2012. The selection comes following Smith's announcement in January that he was making a comeback and had 'unfinished business' in the gymnastics world:
'I'm so pleased to have been given this opportunity to represent England, and to have a chance to prove that I can still compete with some of the best gymnasts in the World. I have fond memories of the Commonwealth Games, having taken Gold on Pommel Horse in Melbourne in 2006 and it's going to be fantastic to be able to sample the unique atmosphere of the friendly Games once again. I'm looking forward to a great competition.'
Smith is joined by Clubmate and fellow Olympian, Daniel Keatings, who represents Scotland, Cameron Mackenzie, who will be competing for South Africa, and Luke Carson, who last week secured his selection for Northern Ireland.
Head Coach Paul Hall was happy with the news of selection:
'This is a fantastic result for the 4 guys and for Huntingdon Gymnastics Club. We have had Club representation at the last 4 Games and this continues a tradition of providing World Class athletes capable of winning medals at the highest of levels. I'm especially looking forward to the potential of a pommel horse final that could see a clash of 3 of the World's best exponents- Olympic Medallists Max Whitlock and Louis Smith, and former European Champion Daniel Keatings.'
The gymnasts now travel to respective training camps for final preparations before travelling to the Glasgow Village at the end of July.