City of Liverpool's Whelan confident of British success

Hannah Whelan
Whelan is aiming to win back-to-back British titles

Teenager Hannah Whelan says she is confident of retaining her senior British artistic gymnastics title in Liverpool on 9 and 10 July.

The 19-year-old, who represents the City of Liverpool club, will compete in the vault, bars, beam and floor in the championships at the Echo Arena.

"The beam is probably known as my best piece but I like competing on the floor," she told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"I don't want to jinx anything but I'm pretty confident."

Whelan, who was born in Singapore and brought up in Stockport, trains for over 30 hours a week at Amanda Kirkby's Park Road gym in Liverpool.

She is hoping the venue of the Championships can give her an extra lift.

"Liverpool is kind of like my second home," she said.

"It's a fantastic experience to be able to compete in front of a home crowd, so to speak, and it's really nice to have it in such a big arena."

While the London Olympics are at the forefront of the national consciousness, Whelan says its too early for her to fully focus on them.

"It is in the back of everyone's minds, that's the main goal, but we've still got the World Championships in Tokyo [in October] to focus on."