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Keatings on Commonwealth Games: 'There Is Definitely High Motivation'
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British Olympian and world championships all-around silver medalist Daniel Keatings told IG that representing his native Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month offers him a challenge comparable to the sport’s most prestigious competitions.

“I think the pressure is just the same as a world championships or an Olympics,” said Keatings, who trains at Huntington Olympic Gymnastics Club in England. “You are in the spotlight and there is an expectation and a hope, particularly this time with a home crowd, that you do well. In terms of motivation, as the event comes around only every four years and it’s my only chance to represent Scotland, it will be quite special and something I will be very proud to do. So there is definitely high motivation there.”

Keatings, who finished 20th all-around at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and second all-around at the 2009 world championships in London, said the Scottish team is looking strong in the final approach to the Games, which will begin July 23. Team members are working out at the British national team training center in Lilleshall, England.

“Training’s being going well,” Keatings said. “It helps that all of the British boys have been raining together at Lilleshall, even though we compete for different home nations, so we can keep pushing each other on and keep the intensity high.”

Keatings’ Scottish teammates in Glasgow will include Daniel Purvis, a top-seven all-around finisher at the past three worlds and a member of the bronze medal-winning British team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London; Frank Baines, the 2012 European junior all-around champion; Adam Cox, the 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist on high bar; and Liam Davie.

The Scottish women’s team for the Games: Cara Kennedy, Erin McLachlan, Amy Regan, Carly Smith and Emma White.

Keatings, the 2010 and 2013 European champion on pommel horse, said he plans to perform a pommel horse routine with a 7.2 Difficulty note in Glasgow. He is optimistic for team and individual success at the Games.

“Team Scotland has never won a team medal, so that’s a huge goal for all of us and something I think we are capable of,” he told IG. “Personally I’m aiming for the top five in the all-around and to medal on pommel and parallel bars.”

International Gymnast magazine related coverage:

Daniel Keatings interview and center poster (June 2009)

"Nervous Purvis" – Daniel Purvis profile (November 2012)

"Pure Purvis" –Purvis interview (March 2012)

"Lilleshall: Backstage in Britain" – cover story on British national program, Purvis cover photo (November 2011)

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