If the organisers of the 2018 Gymnastics World Cup can manage that event in the they way that they managed to bring out the sun on a crisp October morning, then it should be an event to savour.
Gymnasts Ellie Downie & Kristian Thomas appeared outside the Arena Birmingham to provide their insights into welcoming one leg of the championship (there are 4 in total) to Birmingham next March. Both feel that the excitement and passion of playing in front of a home crowd can help squeeze that extra bit out of the performers in their quest for medals.
With a history of sport in the region and being centrally located for visitors who wish to travel from all over the UK, the event will also be another, significant step towards Birmingham’s aim of staging the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Speaking exclusively to TheSportFeed, Ellie highlighted the hard work and sacrifices that you need to be make from a young age in order to reach the levels required to compete at these high levels. It was regularly two hours training before school followed by three afterwards – this was well before dealing with written, rather than physical, homework.
Thankfully those days seem to be in the past, partly due to having financial support via the National Lottery.