Nov 28 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Carnbroe gymnast Liam Davie has told how a random attack in Glasgow city centre almost wrecked his season.
The talented 19-year-old is close to booking his place in Scotland’s gymnastics squad for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
However, Davie revealed that he has spent much of 2012 on the sidelines after breaking two of his fingers when he was targeted for no reason earlier this year. The injuries, which are still affecting him now, were as a result of an unprovoked attack at Queen Street low-level rail station.
Determined Davie has put what happened that night firmly behind him and is finishing strongly with some high placings in competitions.
But the teenager admits the incident had the potential to have lasting impact on his fledgling career.
“I’m pretty confident that I will be going to the Commonwealth Games,” said Liam, who is coached by Romanian Olympic bronze medallist Marius Gherman.
“I just need to make sure I stay on top of my training which I fully intend to do.
“My time out of action was pretty frustrating. I was attacked by someone with a pipe and I ended up breaking two of my fingers.
“I missed the first six months of competition. While everyone else was working on their routines, I was doing cardiovascular training and working on my stamina.
“The frustration from that incident is still there and I am still not doing the routines I know that I am capable of doing but I will keep working hard.”
Liam will be going to the Games if he hits several target scores over the next year. So far he is on track.
He performs gymnastic routines using the floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. His training schedule is intensive.
On top of the core fitness work he does in his own time, Liam trains for fours hours a day, five times a week, at the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow. A Sunday training stint lasts seven hours and he gets a Saturday off unless there is a squad get-together organised.
“I enjoy it,” smiled Liam. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it.”
At the northern European championships in October Liam finished in second place on the high bar, with Scotland fifth-best team overall.
In Stockholm, Sweden, Liam took top spot on the rings and was again runner-up on the high bar, helping Scotland to a team silver medal.
Liam is supported by loving parents William and Julie, with sister Annisha currently studying at university.He receives virtually no funding and relies on the backing of his mother and father. Last year’s fees for things like training, competitions and travel came in at just under £9000.
But watching Liam compete in Glasgow is a family dream. Every day he drives past the new Glasgow Hydro which acts as extra motivation.
“I know I can get better,” he added. "And I will get better.”