Corby Olympic hopeful Daniel Keatings has failed to win a place in Team GB’s men’s gymnastics squad for the London Games.
The decision announced by the British Olympics Association yesterday is a huge disappointment for the 22-year-old who battled with injuries before putting on an impressive display at the British Championships in Liverpool.
Daniel said: “I was quite emotional when I found out and now that’s turned to anger.
“I worked really hard and did really well at the British Championships and everyone is baffled as to why I wasn’t selected.
“It may have had something to do with the injuries I have had this year.
“I’ll bounce back from this and I’ll go forward and win some world and European medals and prove that I should have been in the team.
“In the immediate future I’ll carry on training because I’m first reserve for the squad.
“I’m still young and I’ve got another Olympic cycle to look forward to.”
At the 2009 European Championships Daniel finished with silver in the men’s all-around final, winning Britain’s first ever all-round medal in a major championship.
In 2010 he made history again when he won Great Britain’s first ever Senior European Championship gold medal on the pommel horse, the day after he helped Great Britain win a silver medal in the team competition. A Member of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, Daniel is regarded as a great ambassador for his sport and for Corby.
Corby Council’s lead member for community Cllr John McGhee said: “I’m sure that this is very disappointing news for Daniel.
“He has worked extremely hard, has shown great dedication to the sport and is a great local example to young people.
“We have always fully supported Daniel and I’m sure everyone will join us in continuing to do so throughout his career.’
Corby Gymnastics Academy head coach Cameron Semple said: “It’s really disappointing for Daniel.
“He has worked really hard but has suffered injury problems, so I am not surprised he hasn’t been selected.
“Daniel has had a great influence on young gymnasts in the town, as will the 2012 Olympics.
“It would have been fantastic if he had been a member of the squad but I am sure he’ll bounce back from this and take part next time round.”
On Twitter yesterday Daniel said: “Thanks for the support everyone. I achieved loads of the selection targets more than most of the team but it wasn’t enough to impress the selectors.”
A former pupil of The Kingswood School, Corby, Daniel has visited schools in the area promoting his sport.
He was invited to open the new Kingswood School by headteacher David Tristram and was also honoured by Corby when Keatings Road on the Kingswood estate was named after him.