Gymnastics: Keatings gives Island gymnasts the nod of approval

COMMONWEALTH Games medallist Daniel Keatings admitted he was surprised by the standard of gymnastics on display during his visit for the 2015 Fort For All Day.

Gymnastics: Keatings gives Island gymnasts the nod of approval

The 25-year-old, who won pommel horse gold for Scotland at the Glasgow Games last year, was at Fort Regent on Sunday to oversee sessions with Regent Gymnastics Club, and spoke highly of the talent Jersey has to offer.

'I was really impressed,' said Keatings. 'I started off doing some basics with the boys, but then asked them to show me what they could do, and they started showing me some amazing things, which is good, as it just shows there's going to be a bright future.'

The 2008 Olympian also discussed the importance of the Fort For All event in generating interest at 'grass roots' level, and how the sport can benefit youngsters on a broader scale.

'It's important to get more people active and involved in the sport, so I think it's a good event,' he continued. 'It's all about trying to get more people through the door at grass roots level, because the more people you get through, the more talent you'll get everywhere. We've got to try and keep that going in every sport.

'Gymnastics is an amazing sport for life skills. Determination and hard work are important, and then there's even short and long goal setting, which can be used in everyday life. It gives you a good base in terms of flexibility, agility, strength and power which can then be taken into any sport.

'You can get anyone into gymnastics. If they don't like it in a year then they can move on, but then at least they've got a good foundation to progress.'

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