European gold medal winner Max is proud to be inspiring a generation

Max Whitlock in his London 2012 Team GB kit
Max Whitlock in his London 2012 Team GB kit

Max Whitlock says he is proud to be part of the Olympic legacy after winning a gold medal at the European Championships in Moscow.

Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max bagged gold on the floor and also won the all-round silver and pommel horse bronze to complete an excellent individual medal haul.

And he says he is delighted that his achievements are helping to grow gymnastics throughout the country.

“It’s a really good feeling,” said Max. “As a whole team we are trying to inspire a generation.

“Gymnastics is a really well known sport now compared to how it was a few years ago and hopefully we can carry that on.

“We will all keep training hard and trying to build on that.”

Max has had a phenomenal start to 2013 – culminating in his historic gold in Moscow.

“To go to the Europeans, especially after the Olympics, and to make history feels amazing,” he said.

“To see my name at the top of the leaderboard is just great.

“The build-up to the competition was a long one and me and (coach) Scott Hann were really focussed on what we wanted to achieve.

“I’m always looking to peak in time for the big competitions.”

Max now turns his focus towards the World Championships in Antwerp later this year.