About Daniel Keatings

Aged nine, Daniel competed in his first British NDP championships winning gold. After an excellent first British NDP championship Daniel moved to the Junior British Gymnastic Squad.

2002 – Aged twelve, Daniel represented Great Britain (GB) in the Pennsylvania International Gymnastic Competition finishing second.

2006 - Daniel represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Australia but unfortunately suffered a back injury which saw him withdraw from the competition. The injury continued to plague Daniel for the following twelve months – which he calls the lowest point of his career.

2007 – Throughout 2007 Daniel put his injury problems behind him and made steady, solid improvements throughout the year:
o Daniel was chosen to represent GB in the World Cup in Paris, finishing 20th on the Pommel Horse.
o Following this he went on to win the All Around title for GB at the Stella Zakharova Cup, Ukraine before winning a silver medal on the Pommel Horse at the World Cup in Slovenia.
o He was entered into his first Senior European Championships in Amsterdam finishing 13th in the All Around and 2nd on the Pommel Horse, proudly winning his first major medal (silver).
o He entered his first World championships in Germany finishing 32nd in the All Around and 7th on the Pommel Horse.

2008 – Aged eighteen, Daniel competed for the GB Gymnastic Team in the Junior European Championship in Switzerland. This was his most successful competition to date and a historic result for the GB Gymnastic Team. Daniel won four gold and one bronze medal including the coveted All Around and team titles, something that has never before been achieved by a British gymnast or team.

Later in 2008 Daniel achieved his ultimate dream to be selected to represent GB in the Olympic Games in Beijing, he qualified for the All Around final finishing 20th and narrowly missing the Pommel Horse final finishing 9th.

2009 - In April this year Daniel entered the Senior European Championships in Milan, where he won a silver medal in the All Around final, Britain's first ever All Around medal in a major championships and a bronze on the Pommel Horse at the World Cup Event in Glasgow 2009.

2010 - In April, at the European Championships Dan won Britain’s first ever Gold medal at a major championships by winning the Gold medal on the Pommel Horse. He was also part of the Team GB who claimed their first ever medal as a team taking the Silver just behind Germany.

Unfortunately, despite a great start to the year, Daniel picked up an injury which saw him spending the rest of the year building up his fitness and getting back on track to competing again.

2011 – After 12 months’ recovering, Daniel got back on track in early 2011. By the summer, Team GB had taken the bronze medal ahead of China in the prestigious Japan Cup competition.

The Team hit a low point afterwards at the Tokyo World Championship Finals when they failed to qualify for the Olympics. A month later, Dan injured his finger and couldn’t compete in the Stuttgart Grand Prix.

2012 – Dan had a great start to the New Year when Team GB qualified successfully for the Olympics at the ‘London Prepares’ event. Things were going well for Dan, as shortly afterwards he came first at the Cottbus World Cup.

Sadly though, a knock to his ankles put him out of training for a while. Undeterred, he returned to the competition circuit and won five medals at the British Championships. This didn’t secure Dan's place in Team GB at the London Olympics. Determined to make it bigger than ever before, however, Dan now has his sights set firmly on the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio!

Watch Daniel perform a rountine below:

Learn more about Daniel at www.danielkeatings.co.uk or visit the Opus Energy Challenge website.