25th February 2018 - Alex Barnes

Hamble gymnast Kelly Simm has been selected to represent England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Due to run between the 4th and 15th April 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia, this year's Commonwealth Games will be the second time Simm has been selected for the competition. 

After suffering an injury plagued 18 months, artistic gymnast Simm was delighted to be selected. "The last two years have been pretty hard for me but after getting this selection I was absolutely over the moon."

"I think at the start of the year I didn't know if this would be a possibility. I thought it was going to be too early." After recovering from ankle surgery in 2017, Simm has been working hard at Dynamo School of Gymnastics and Lilleshallto get herself back up to speed on all four apparatus.

The Southampton Solent University student has a medal winning history at the Commonwealth Games and was part of the team gold in 2014. She is also a Universiade all round champion and has a world championships bronze medal to her name. 

Simm revealed that she discovered she'd been selected following two trials, including the English championships. It meant that she had to keep the news a secret until yesterday's reveal, which she admitted was really hard to do. 

"I was allowed to tell my coaches and my parents were in the house when I found out, so they were always going to find out. Other than that, it had to be very secretive." 

Simm and the rest of the Commonwealth Games team, which includes Alice Kinsella, Amy Tinkler, Courtney Tulloch, Georgia Mae-Fenton and Claudia Fragapane, will travel out to Australia soon with the games scheduled to begin in early April. However, Simm and the team have plenty to cram in before then. 

"I'm at Lilleshall for the rest of this week with a GB training camp and then we'll be going to Chicago for the American Cup next week. Then after that we have the British championships, another two weeks in Lilleshall and then we'll go. We have quite a busy time coming up."

In regards to herself, Simm said she was feeling really good but was aware that she still needed to be sensible with her training. 

"I've only done two all round competitions and they've been quite close together. I've just got to make sure that everything is still good and keep building up my training and fitness. I'm so excited and am in a very good place right now."

"Going into the trials, I was fully open minded. I didn't really know what to think, I was just excited to be doing all four pieces. After the trials had gone really well, I was quite hopeful but you never know with trials and selections. It's not necessarily where you place but whether you are a right fit for the team as well." 

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