CAIRNS Imogen < Back  
Sport Gymnastics - Artistic
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 26 Jan 1989 in Bristol, ENG
Height1.64 m
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Bristol, ENG
Occupation Student
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began gymnastics lessons at age six at her local club, Fromeside.
Why this sport? A friend was competing in the sport, so she invited Cairns to join along.
Club / Team The Academy Gym Club : England
Name of coach Liz Kincaid
Training Regime She trains six times per week with a total of 30 hours.
International Debut
Year 1999
General Interest
Nicknames Im, Slim, Imo. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
Hobbies Shopping, listening to music, watching DVDs. (fig-gymnastics.com, 02 Feb 2010)
Hero / Idol British gymnast Annika Reeder. (NOC, 30 Jul 2008)
Injuries In October 2008, she injured her feet taking part in the floor exercise at her first competition after Beijing. She underwent two operations later and spent the following six months on crutches. She did not return to action until two years later in October 2010. (weareengland.org, 01 Aug 2010)

She suffered a broken ankle in 2007. She was training on the vault when she noticed her wrist strapping was coming undone. She tried to stop but crashed into the vault and broke her ankle. (International Gymnast, 22 May 2008)

She broke a bone in her wrist in April 2007, resulting in a plaster cast for 12 weeks. (International Gymnast, 22 May 2008)

She had to withdraw from the 2006 World Championship team after developing back pain in the lead up to the competition. She was training with the Great Britain team in Lilleshall when she developed the pain, with an x-ray revealing she had a stress fracture and would need to return home to rest. Three weeks later it was revealed that she was only suffering from 'hot spots' and did not require surgery. (backflip.com 29 Sep 2006, International Gymnast, 22 May 2008)

She injured her heel in the lead up to the 2006 Commonwealth Games and had to adjust her training. (International Gymnast, 31 Dec 2006)

From 2001-03 she suffered several injuries that reduced her competition appearances. (fulltwist.net, 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Have fun, enjoy it." (NOC, 30 Jul 2008)
Ambitions To compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (british-gymnastics.org, 14 May 2012)
Other information NO RETIREMENT JUST YET
After suffering injuries throughout her career, including two years out of action from 2008-10, she admits retirement plans have entered her mind on several occasions. But they were shelved again after her success at the 2010 Commonwealth Games: "Every injury has made me stronger and I was determined to make it to the Commonwealth Games [in Delhi] and to win two golds was great. There were times when I wanted to retire as my feet were so bad and I couldn't do anything, barely even walk, but I just kept believing and didn't give up. Now the next thing is to make it all the way to London 2012 which will be an amazing experience and the real pinnacle after what I have been through." (gazetteseries.co.uk, 01 Apr 2011)