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Danny Purvis

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"I first began gymnastics at the age of seven. I tried football before that but soon realised this wasn’t the sport for me. As a young boy I was full of energy, always on the go, having fun, climbing trees, playing with my friends and jumping about, hyperactive really, so my family and friends thought I might enjoy the sport of Gymnastics. I was then introduced to Southport Gymnastics Club which I joined and that was how it all began. From the very start I loved the sport. It gave me something to focus on and channel the tremendous energy...

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I currently work as a Personal Trainer, so when I’m not training I’m training other people, I enjoy helping people achieve their fitness goals and seeing them progress. Additionally, I have recently graduated from Aston University, Birmingham in Business and Management. Now that I am no longer studying I have vowed to explore the world continents, starting off with Europe. I have always enjoyed sports, playing everything possible when I was growing up. I took a keen interest in track and field whilst in secondary after a sports day. I then started going to my local track, at Alexander Stadium,...

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I first picked up a basketball at 12 years old on the South Acton Estate in London and I was hooked. Growing through the ranks of the junior circuit and then onto playing in the big league – my passion for the game was always at a high and I was a talented player, however my sporting achievements were never seen on par in comparison with my academic efforts coupled with the fact that Basketball was a new sport to the UK – the resources were simply not there to push me to the highest level. My love for the...

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My life has been so up and down like everyone else’s. Life isn't easy, it is hard, but you have to be willing the work harder! I take every day as it is, and I try to be as happy as I can be! In 2011, I broke my back and it scared me, but now it has made me work harder and concentrate on my future. I never thought I would walk again but I persevered and worked hard. Now, I have become a European Champion and have had many more successes. My next goal is to attend the...

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I am from Birmingham and am currently coached by Linford Christie at Brunel University. I train seven days a week for between three to four hours a day. I started athletics at about age twelve and started training twice a week with a distance running group until I saw the sprinters. I joined a sprint group and from there I went to training six days a week three to four hours a day! It took me almost eight years to make my first international team (European under 23s 2009). In 2010 I made my first senior international, the World Indoor...

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I began my career in competitive athletics relatively late, first competing in 2006 as a seventeen year old. As a result I had a limited youth and junior career. However, having begun late, I made steady and significant improvements in my first few years, 10.75 to 10.26 in the space of two seasons. My most significant improvement came in 2009 with me running a time of 10.09 which ranked me third in the UK, and ranked me amongst the quickest guys in Europe as well as the UK, but unfortunately that season ended early with injury. So it was not...

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