Max Whitlock ready to defend his crown with a fresh set of routines

Max Whitlock. Picture (c) Alan Edwards, F2images Operations
Max Whitlock. Picture (c) Alan Edwards, F2images Operations

Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock returns to action at the weekend as he looks to successfully defend his English Championship title.

Max heads to Wigan on the back of a solid training schedule over the past few months, and he says he will unleash some new routines at the event.

“I’m just going to go there and try and put in a clean competition and it’s all about what happens on the day, really,” he said.

“I’m going to try a new skill on every apparatus so I’m really looking forward to that. I wanted to come out in 2014 with new routines – obviously there are more risks but hopefully I can get a higher score.”

Double Olympic-medallist Max, from Adeyfield, is confident that he can challenge for honours but knows that he faces stiff competition from a number of fellow Team GB stars.

“These titles are something which really mean a lot to me,” he said. “But there will be a really strong field competing, including Sam Thomas and Kristian Thomas, so it’s going to be tough.

“Gymnastics is all about what happens on the day and people can make mistakes. It’s all about who can deliver clean routines on the day.”

This weekend’s competition signals the start of a busy year for Max, and he hopes that he can add to his already-impressive medal collection.

He will look to defend his title at the British Championships in two weeks, before heading to the European Championships at the start of summer.

Also coming up are the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships later in the year – and Max is relishing the prospect of such a hectic schedule.

“The more competitions the better for me,” said Max. “It gives me more experience and I can try to perfect my routines.”

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