|Reflecting on this year's improvements, Irish gymnast Luke Carson told IG he is ready to toast to his success over the upcoming holidays.
IG Online continues its yearly holiday series, bringing you the scoop on what the world's best gymnasts will be up to at the end of 2010!
Reflecting on this year's improvements since he relocated to England where he trains with Olympic and world medalists, Irish gymnast Luke Carson told IG he is ready to toast to his success over the upcoming holidays.
Carson, who represents Ireland in FIG competition and Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games and Northern European Championships, plans to spend the holidays in his home city of Lisburn.
"This is a magical time of year with lots of celebrating to be done to sign off a successful 2010," Carson said. "A nice pint of Guinness on Christmas Day is always well-deserved, and to see my family, whom I don't see very often due to training, is well-anticipated."
Despite solid international results in the latter part of 2010, Carson said the highlight of his year took place Jan. 5 – the day he relocated from Lisburn to Huntingdon, England, in order to train at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.
Carson said he is thriving at Huntingdon, where he is coached by Paul Hall. His training partners include 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Louis Smith, 2009 world all-around silver medalist Daniel Keatings and 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Luke Folwell.
"Ever since I moved there my gym development has really taken off, and I have made huge improvements across all apparatuses," Carson said.
In October, Carson competed at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the world championships in Rotterdam. He placed 15th all-around in Delhi with an all-around total of 78.20. He placed 95th all-around in Rotterdam, where he scored 80.882.
The 21-year-old Carson said he has the potential to score higher in 2011.
"My routines in 2010 have been my easier routines," he said. "I say my easier routines, as I have more difficulty to put in my routines. But to make sure I went clean at my competitions, I would take certain difficult elements out. So my goal for 2011 is to add more difficulty to my routines and then make those routines easy for when I start to compete again, thus increasing my all-around score."
Carson said his main goal for 2011 is an even better performance at the worlds in Tokyo, which could earn him a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"At this moment in time I am quite a bit away from the qualifying score, but I believe I have to potential to add a few more points onto my overall score to get me closer to my dream," Carson told IG. "Never say never!"