Last year, tumbling star Shanice Davidson won an incredible world silver medal at the 2018 World Championships in St Petersburg. Her performances in Russia showcased her ability to shine amongst the best in the world.
One year on, and days away from the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo (28th November – 1st December), we caught up with Shanice who is ready to test herself on the world stage yet again.
“Winning the silver last year was incredible. I had no idea until I had finished both tumbles in the final that I was even close to the medals table. I just went out there and enjoyed the experience and ended up with a silver medal which was amazing.
“This year I just want to go out on the competition floor, do my runs the way I do in training and hopefully they are good enough to make the finals.”
The World Championships provide the final opportunity for major medals in 2019. After the team impressed last year, with four tumbling gymnasts making finals, preparation is key as the team aim to do the same again.
“I try to get as many full tumbles in each day as I can and also try to keep up high intensity conditioning levels. Then, when we get closer to the championships, we taper down by doing less training hours and less conditioning.”
This year Shanice finds herself competing alongside teammates that she knows well. The women’s quartet of Shanice, Aimee Antonius, Megan Kealy and Kaitlin Lafferty were crowned junior European team champions in 2016.
“We have such a close bond. We’ve been competing against each other from 10 years old. It’s an honour to be part of the GB team, especially when the team is such a strong team.
“Previous GBR tumbling teams have been very successful in recent years so it does bring slight pressure to the present team but it’s a good pressure!”
Don’t forget, you can watch all finals across the BBC. Read our full guide on how to follow the Championships.