Corby’s Keatings wants medal glory for Scotland

Corby's Daniel Keatings wants to help Scotland to their first-ever team medal in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games
Corby's Daniel Keatings wants to help Scotland to their first-ever team medal in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games

Daniel Keatings is targeting a first-ever team medal in gymnastics for Scotland in their home Commonwealth Games.

The Games got under way in Glasgow this week but Corby’s Keatings and his team-mates must wait until Monday for the gymnastics competitions to get started.

The team event will see Keatings and his Scottish colleagues up against the likes of England, meaning they will battle against their own Team GB team-mates, including Louis Smith and Max Whitlock.

And while Keatings, who trains at Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Club, has his own individual targets, he is desperate to give the home crowd plenty to cheer about in the team competition.

The 24-year-old said: “Scotland have never had a team medal before and I think we are capable of challenging England for the gold.

“I am doing the all-around and obviously want to go as well as I can in the parallel bars and the pommel horse.

“I think the pommel is going to be extremely competitive because Max and Louis are both in there as well.

“I think both individually, and collectively, we want to try to send a big message out to the rest of the world.

“Team Scotland and Team England have been training together at the National Centre so there has been a bit of banter flying around.

“But it is friendly rivalry. Ultimately, we are all part of the same team.”

Keatings was controversially snubbed by Team GB for the Olympic Games in London two years ago.

And while his focus is firmly on the Commonwealths, he knows the competition is another point in his progress towards the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“Of course, Rio is always in the back of my mind and the Commonwealth Games are a big stepping stone towards the next Olympics,” he added.

“But my sole focus is on the Commonwealths and doing everything I can to perform to my best for such a huge competition.”