Last weekend, top flight gymnast Amy Regan, was crowned the 2013 Scottish Women’s Artistic Individual All-Around National Champion, for the fourth year running. The City of Glasgow gymnast also won gold on the floor and the vault and took bronze on the Uneven Bars in the individual apparatus finals. This rounds off a successful few months for Amy, who won bronze on the Vault at the British Championships earlier in the year.
Aged 18, Amy already has the experience of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games under her belt and explains: “Delhi was an amazing experience. I was only 15, so I was quite young, and I had never been to a competition on that scale before, so at first it was quite nerve racking. But having been through it once it will help me for Glasgow.”
A clear highlight from Delhi was the crowd support in the gymnastics arena and she adds: “At the Floor final, you could hear the crowd erupt when every gymnast came out, it was just amazing!”
Amy’s fourth place in Delhi surprised many, including herself.
“I went to Delhi for more the experience than to be a serious medal contender. As it turned out I made the Floor final and whilst there were a few mistakes in my routine I was a little upset with, overall I was very happy with my performance.”
Working hard ever since, to put herself in a strong position to attack the Glasgow 2014 medal podium, Amy maintains a level-headed attitude and is adamant that the high-pressure event will not alter her mind-set.
“I always try and keep the pressure off and just focus on what I can control rather than the rest of it. It’s best to focus on me and what I can do rather than the outcome of everything.”
Recalling her Delhi experience, Amy is looking forward to the buzz from her hometown crowd: “Every time I think about it I get goose bumps. I want to do well, especially as it’s in my hometown and this gives me a really good advantage, so fingers crossed and I will take it in my stride.”
As the summer of 2014 approaches, Amy will inevitably receive more and more attention, but claims that she will not let this affect her as she is solely focused on stepping onto the podium at The Hydro in the SECC Precinct in just over 12 months time.
“To be honest, I will be happy with any colour of medal, but I’m really aiming for gold!”
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