Olympian, Commonwealth gold medallist, TV judge and athletics commentator Craig Heap will host the opening ceremony of this year’s National Championships, on Friday 26 April at the University of Nottingham.
Craig has previously been involved in the National Championships in Bath and Newcastle. He is a long time supporter of sport and physical activity for young people, working as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sport Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Sporting Champions to name a few.
Craig will compere and host our exciting ceremony, introducing the performers throughout the evening, speaking about his experiences in performance sport and kicking off an amazing weekend of sport.
In a gymnastics career spanning 20 years, Craig has won 14 British championship titles and competed in five European and five World championships.
In 1998 he became the first person in history to captain England to team gold at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Four years later at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, he captained England again to gold.
Despite breaking his hand in two places seven weeks prior, Craig fulfilled his childhood dream of competing at the Olympic Games, achieving a personal best in the all around final of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Craig was the only male gymnast to be selected to represent Great Britain at these Olympic Games and in the same year he won BBC Sports Personality “Team of the Year” award (British Olympic & Paralympic Teams).