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Seager Eager for Repeat Glory at Europeans
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A year after helping the British juniors to their first European team title, Theo Seager is aiming for success at next month's senior European Championships in Milan. "I have worked hard throughout the year, and I feel much stronger in my overall fitness and strength," he told IG.

Theo Seager (Great Britain)

Seager said he wants to build on the experience he gained at the 2008 European Junior Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he and his teammates combined to earned the British men their first team title in European Championships history.

"Last year was unknown territory for me," said the 18-year-old Seager. "I feel mentally stronger from the Lausanne experience."

In Milan, Seager will be joined on the British senior team by 2008 European junior all-around champion and quadruple gold medalist Daniel Keatings, 2008 European junior all-around silver medalist Daniel Purvis, 2008 Olympic pommel horse bronze medalist Louis Smith, 2008 British all-around champion Kristian Thomas and 2008 British all-around silver medalist Luke Folwell.

Seager, the 2008 British senior champion on floor exercise and vault, said he is not apprehensive about competing in his first Senior Europeans.

"I think all major championships are similar with the pressure and performance," said Seager, who placed fifth on vault at the 2008 Junior Europeans. "Lausanne will always be something special to me, as it was my first major championships, but I know that the Milan experience will be completely different."

Born June 15, 1990, in Manchester, Seager trains under coach Paul Hockwart at Bury Gymnastics Club. Seager also credits Andrei Popov, a British national team coach, for his achievements.

In World Cup competitions, Seager placed sixth on vault at the 2008 DTB Cup in Stuttgart; and fourth on vault at the 2008 Glasgow Grand Prix. His tumbling skills on floor exercise include a 1-1-2 twist, punch front-full, rudi; full-twisting layout Thomas; 2-1/2 twist, punch barani; layout Arabian 1-3/4; and Arabian double front as a final pass. His rings dismount is a full-twisting double layout.

Seager said he is also aiming for spots on the British teams at the 2009 World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games, both of which will take place in London.

"I think the squad as a whole is stronger and there is a definite team bond, which I believe will see us through to London," he said. "I believe that determination, hard work and a willingness to listen to and learn from the coaches, and continue to develop into a senior gymnast, will get me to London."

Seager said that, although his first senior European Championships in Milan is important, it represents one of several key competitions leading to the 2012 Olympics.

"I am hoping to continue to progress and develop as a senior gymnast, and perform to the standard that is expected of me before, during and after the Europeans," he said.

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