The British Gymnastics team trained at Keio’s Hiyoshi Campus in early-July as part of the Team GB July 2019 Training Camp. The camp served as a practice run for the Team GB Pre-Games Training Camp which will be jointly hosted by Kawasaki City, Yokohama City, and Keio’s Hiyoshi Campus in the weeks preceding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
On Wednesday, July 10, British Gymnastics held an open media day that was attended by several British media outlets. This also gave Keio University the opportunity to have a chat with some of the Team GB gymnasts about their training camp at Keio and their hopes for next year.
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From left, Brinn Bevan, Courtney Tulloch, and James Hall
"With sport you only get one opportunity at this. Sport is a very young lifestyle. So I’ve been doing gymnastics since I was two years old, and now I’m 22, so I’ve already been doing it 20 years. Especially in gymnastics the lifespan isn’t very long. A lot of gymnasts will go onto their late 20s and early 30s. So you really have to make the most of your sport, put in the most effort, the hardest training, to make sure you get the most out of your competition and your career." — Brinn Bevan
"The day we came into the gym, all the [Keio] gymnasts were lined up on the floor, shaking our hands, and making sure we feel welcome, made sure we knew where everything was. We are enjoying our time here. When we were walking to the gym there were so many people and there is always something going on — that’s nice to see. It’s just a lovely place to be and we’re happy to be here." — Courtney Tulloch
"Just walking around you see so many people doing different sports — it’s very different from in England. You get the odd university like that every now and again, but I think it’s good to see so many people involved in sport, and I think it just makes it that bit more exciting." — James Hall