Following Damien’s fantastic gymnastics career as a GBR Tumbling Gymnast, he maintains an active and committed member of the gymnastics community. He has continued to embody the exciting and dynamic nature of gymnastics in his work, going from stunt performer to directing, where he has brought gymnastics to a new level accessible to thousands of cinema, television and streaming fans. He is currently director of Derby City Gymnastics Club where hundreds of people benefit from his experience and are motivated to participate and compete in gymnastics.
We recently caught up with our new WTGC2023 Ambassadors to get his thoughts on the event and what to expect.
Tell us about the key highlights of your Tumbling career.
In my Tumbling career, I was fortunate enough to experience some truly special moments. Among them was being a member of the gold winning World Tumbling Team in 2003 and achieving the silver medal for the European Tumbling Team Competition in 2004. As a coach, I had the pleasure of working with talented athletes who went on to become world age champions, including Greg Townley, who also became a Senior World Cup Champion. I am grateful for the opportunities and support that helped me grow and achieve these milestones.
What have you been doing since retiring from the sport?
Since retiring from the sport, I’ve become a stuntman. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work on films like James Bond, Captain America, Kingsman and Assassins Creed. Over the last three years, I’ve ventured into directing and second unit directing for movies. It has been an exciting and fulfilling journey, and I’m grateful for the chance to continue contributing to the industry in different ways.
Why should people be excited for the World Championships in Birmingham?
I am most looking forward to witnessing the Tumbling Final and British Gymnasts in action. The Tumbling Final is always an incredible showcase of acrobatic skill, making it fantastic to watch. The agility, precision, and athleticism displayed by the tumblers is simply awe-inspiring.
As for the Great Britain team, there is a special sense of pride and excitement in seeing our nation’s athletes compete on the world stage. Their dedication, hard work, and unwavering spirit make them exceptional role models for aspiring athletes.
As a former GB athlete, what do you think it will mean to the team to compete in front of a home crowd?
As a former GB athlete, I can confidently say that competing in front of a home crowd motivates you. It is an absolute honour to represent your country in front of your fellow compatriots. The support, cheers, and encouragement from the home crowd create a great atmosphere to compete in.
Having experienced the World Cup Final in Birmingham in 2006, I can say it remains the most memorable competition of my life. The energy and enthusiasm from the spectators really fuelled my performance.
Tickets are on sale now
Over 1000 of the world’s best gymnasts will compete in Birmingham across eight thrilling days of competition in an event that includes the World Age Group Competitions.
Don’t miss your chance to see them live. Secure your place now from £20 for adults and £10 for under 16’s and concessions.