Stars of British gymnastics look ahead to returning to SSE Hydro as part of Glasgow 2018 European Championships
The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal may have drawn to a close but some of the biggest names in the sport are already looking forward to the prospect of competing Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next year.
Around 600 gymnasts from up to 50 European nations will take part in the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – a new multi-sport event that brings together some of the continent’s leading sports over 11 days of competition.
Gymnastics is one of six sports taking place in Glasgow as part of the European Championships, building on the success of previous events including the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro.
Fans can buy tickets for 84 thrilling sessions of sport across the Championships, starting at just £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and over 60s. Tickets for all events can be purchased from www.glasgw2018.com/tickets and will be sold on a first come first served basis, with gymnastics amongst the most popular.
Among those hoping to go for gold at the SSE Hydro next August is Glasgow 2018 gymnastics ambassador Max Whitlock MBE, who has won an incredible 25 medals at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth level, including gold on the pommel in Montreal.
He said: “I’m really excited about Glasgow 2018 – it is always great to compete at a multi-sport event and I have always loved it in Glasgow. The crowd is always amazing and give you that extra lift. It can make such a difference to your performance out there on the podium.”
Max was joined by five other British gymnasts in various finals at the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, with Claudia Fragapane, Nile Wilson, Amy Tinkler, Alice Kinsella and Courtney Tulloch all in action over the weekend.
Claudia Fragapane, who took bronze on the floor in Montreal, is another who has fond memories of competing in Glasgow, having been part of the women’s team who won a historic bronze medal.
She said: “The atmosphere was just breath-taking. There was a lot of pressure because everyone wanted us to do well. We wanted to do well and we knew we could do it so to get that massive roar from the crowd helped us with each performance. It will be amazing to go back to Glasgow – the city has such a special place in my heart.”
And Nile Wilson, who won team silver in the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow and followed it up with an individual bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games before finishing sixth in the all-around final in Montreal, is hoping his positive memories of Glasgow can springboard him to further success on the world stage.
He said: “The SSE Hydro has hosted some of the greatest moments of my career. The home support really, really does make a difference. And obviously we’re now looking forward to next year’s European Championships and I’m really excited at the prospect of competing once again in Glasgow.”
Britain’s youngest ever Olympic Games medal winner, Amy Tinkler, who was also an all-around finalist in Montreal, added: “The crowd was absolutely amazing in Glasgow. I had never done a major competition on home soil so I didn’t know what to expect but it was amazing. Hopefully the Europeans next year will be just as good.”