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British Win 'Brilliant' To Veteran Purvis
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Recently crowned British all-around champion Daniel Purvis told IG he was thrilled to regain the title he previously won or shared three times, especially among a field that included talented younger gymnasts.


Daniel Purvis

"It feels brilliant being British champion again, especially as the upcoming youngsters are pushing us 'old hands' harder and harder all the time," said the 24-year-old Purvis.

Purvis said a shaky performance at the American Cup held March 7 in Arlington, Texas, motivated him for his steadier performance at the British championships that took place March 27-29 in Liverpool.

With an all-around total of 88.50 points, Purvis easily finished ahead of silver medalist Frank Baines (86.35) and co-bronze medalists Sam Oldham and James Hall (85.70) in Liverpool.

"I made an early start to the season once Christmas was over," Purvis said. "The challenge of the American Cup spurred me on to get competition fit as soon as possible. Although the American Cup didn't go as well as planned, it helped me get closer to competition readiness. So I felt good approaching the British championships, and confident that if I could go clean there was a good chance of a podium finish."

In previous British all-around championships, Purvis tied for first place in 2010, won outright in 2011 and 2012, and finished second in 2013 and 2014.

Purvis now aims to fortify his routines so he will be selected to compete at the European championships in Montpellier, France, later this month.

"Hopefully my performance at last weekend's British will see me in the line-up for the Europeans," he told IG. "I've tried to upgrade most of my routines but I still need to consolidate them. So it's all about deciding with my coaches what my routines will contain and then get them as clean as possible. It's always an honor to represent Great Britain at the Europeans so I'm keeping in as good a shape as I can in the hope of selection."

International Gymnast magazine's coverage of British gymnasts includes:
"Nervous Purvis" – Daniel Purvis profile (November 2012)
"Pure Purvis" – Purvis interview (March 2012)
Purvis cover photo (November 2011)
"Shooting Star" – Brinn Bevan profile (June 2013)
Imogen Cairns, British men's team on cover photo collage (March 2012)
"No Turning Back Now" – Cairns profile (January/February 2012)
Becky Downie cover photo and interview (June 2014)
Claudia Fragapane interview (December 2014)
"10 Questions with Paul Hall" – interview (January/February 2010)
"European Brilliance" - interview with Ruby Harrold (September 2013)
Daniel Keatings interview and center poster (June 2009)
"Royal Ambitions" – Marissa King interview (April 2008)
"Bridging the Gap" – Lisa Mason interview (February 1998)
Sam Oldham on cover photo collage (July/August 2010)
Oldham interview (June 2010)
"Bright for Britain" – Niamh Rippin profile (July/August 2010)
"Sibling Revelry" - Angel and Venus Romaeo profile (September 2010)
"Royal Treatment" - Louis Smith profile (December 2008)
"10 Questions with Adrian Stan" – interview (June 2009)
"Welsh Wisdom" - Raer Theaker profile (October 2013)
"Divide and Conquer" – interview with Kristian Thomas (May 2012)
Neil Thomas update (December 2009)
Beth Tweddle cover photo (September 2009)
"The British Invasion" – profiles on Tweddle, Hannah Whelan, Becky Downie, Smith and Purvis; Keatings interview and center poster (June 2009)
"The Good Shepherd" – Ed van Hoof interview (April 2013)
"Lord Max" – Max Whitlock interview (June 2013)
"Lilleshall: Backstage in Britain" – cover story on British national program (November 2011)

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