Mason Younger – British Gymnastics’ Star Volunteer

Volunteer

The Epitome of a First-Class Volunteer

Mason Younger is the epitome of what a good volunteer should be. In fact, he’s the brightest of beacons in terms of selfless dedication, great character and personal sacrifice. So much so, this wonderful 18-year-old has been recognised at the recent 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT British Championships for his incredible dedication to volunteering in recent years. This very likeable young man has volunteered at nearly every British Gymnastics event for the past four years, regularly giving up his weekends. It’s clearly something he loves, and this year alone Mason has volunteered at 11 separate British Gymnastics events and was most recently involved as a volunteer for two weeks in Glasgow for the European Championships. For him, it’s a total labour of love.

A Priceless Presentation

Back in Birmingham Mason was presented with a commemorative framed poster of the event, signed by all of the senior trampoline gymnasts. But it became even better when the youngster was also given a photo montage of the events he helped at which was signed and autographed by those he volunteered with.

It was a truly wonderful moment and one he fully appreciated; Mason said: “It’s amazing to be recognised for the volunteering I’ve done. That’s not the reason I volunteer, but it is great to be recognised. I just enjoy the experience of volunteering with a team and the opportunities that come with it. I really want to keep volunteering with British Gymnastics as they’re great to work with.”

Britain’s Junior Boys Shine in Germany

Gymnastics Competition

Some of Britain’s top junior boys returned home from competition in Germany recently wearing a sweet glow of success. UK sporting achievement is always very welcome especially when it involves emerging talent, and when glory is earned internationally it certainly adds to that winning feeling. It’s also another pointer to just how strong gymnastics is becoming across our clubs and academies.

The Cottbus Wohnen Junior Trophy provided some enthralling competition with plenty of excitement and high drama to match. In fact, six of our best junior boys made the trip with medals very much in mind. Such was their dominance they not only took the overall title but also finished more than 30 marks ahead of their hosts securing lavish praise along the way.

Grouping Together

Age ranges are very important at this stage of a gymnast’s career, and in this particular event, there were three involving under 13, 15 and 17-year-olds. Each group saw some outstanding personal performances from the British team of Oakley Banks and Sam Mostowfi from the vibrant Pegasus club, Danny Crouch based at South Essex, Jack Stanley, a favourite at Leeds, Remell Robinson-Bailey from the Earls club and Korben Fellows from the ever popular City of Birmingham.

13 Is A Lucky Number

Everyone at Pegasus was thrilled to see the effervescent Oakley Banks lift the all-around champion Bronx crown in fine style. His absorbing routines impressed the judges greatly as they awarded him a total of 74.500 marks. Looking closer, this versatile young athlete made five apparatus finals collecting a score of 13.150 on the floor – more than enough to claim Gold. Consistency was key, as he also ran up a score of 12.450 on the vault, to claim another leading medal. It was in every sense a dynamic effort as part of a hard-working team.

Product Update – September 2018

Product Update

In this month’s Product Update, we detail our latest enhancement – improved functionality for removing members from a group. And, as always, we give you a sneak peek at some upcoming functionality in development.

To find out everything we’ve been up to through September, keep reading.

New Enhancement: Remove from Group

What’s New…

Previously, when in a member’s record and attempting to remove them from a group, it was necessary to make sure the relevant group form was displayed in the ‘Select which form you would like to view/edit’ first.

This meant that you were only able to remove a member from one group at a time.

The new enhancement enables you to remove a member from multiple groups in one easy step whilst in their record.

Step 1: To remove a member from a group, you first need to go into the member’s record.

Step 2: From here, hover over the ‘Member’ icon and select ‘Remove from group’.

Step 3: You will then see a pop-up box appear displaying the groups which you can remove the member from. Tick the groups you wish to remove the member from and click ‘Remove’.

Step 4: Another pop-up will then appear asking, ‘Remove contact from selected group(s)?’. Click ‘OK’ if you are happy to remove the member from the selected group(s).

The 2019 Gymnastics British Championships

Britain's Best in Liverpool

Gymnastics British Championships

Liverpool can certainly be an enlightening place at any time of the year with the love of its people creating such a warm and wonderful atmosphere. It’s little wonder then that gymnasts from across the UK, and the world, love coming to this special city.

There is in fact, a buzz already resonating across clubs up and down the land with next Spring in mind. And the reason for this? The 2019 Gymnastics British Championships, complete with total spectator participation and thrilling action, looks set to ignite the banks of the Mersey once again.

Great Sporting Arena

The Echo Liverpool Arena, of course, is home to many of gymnastics’ great competitions, and there’s little doubt that athletes love performing in this amazing venue.

Set on a World Heritage waterfront in a city steeped in sport, the 11,000 capacity arena attracts visitors from all over the world. Getting a terrific view of the action isn’t a problem with excellent facilities available for everyone including wheelchair and ambulant disabled. Its brilliant layout makes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all ages. You’ll get a fantastic welcome.

The Olympic Cycle

As the Olympic cycle moves on at a brisk pace, these championships will provide a telling pointer as to where our athletes are in terms of both preparation and possibilities. Tokyo 2020 will certainly be looming on the horizon by then, adding extra spice to the proceedings.

In our athletes’ preparation schedule, the Gymnastics British Championships will be crucial to their future success. The gap between long-term success and failure can be minimal, as is the way with the sport at the top level.

The Youth Olympics – Buenos Aires

Youth Olympic Games

It’s all eyes on Argentina next month as The Youth Olympic Games ignites 32 exciting sports across 17 thrilling days of action in bubbling Buenos Aires. And, of course, gymnastics will play a leading role in what promises to be a magnificent multi-sport experience for just under 4,000 of the world’s best young athletes across 206 nations.

Third Edition Coming Up

This will be the third edition of the games following the success of both Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing in 2014. History will also be made in terms of gender equality, as this will be the first Olympic event to host the same number of male and female competitors.

To be eligible to participate the birth date of male athletes must have fallen between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002. Female athletes must have been born between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2003. Those athletes who have participated in FIG senior competitions or multi-sport games won’t be able to participate in the Youth Olympic Games

The Venue

The main events will take place at the Parque Polideportivo Roca, an extensive park with excellent facilities. And, of course, the gymnastics spectacle will involve artistic, trampoline, acrobatic and rhythmic competitors. As ever, it will be fascinating to see who will come through ready perhaps to shine on the Tokyo 2020 stage.

Mahdi Choudhury, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for Buenos Aires 2018 said: “Buenos Aires 2018 will offer a fantastic opportunity for our team to experience a multi-sport event for the first time and I’m sure it will act as a great springboard for their own senior Olympic dreams. Youth Olympic Games such as Buenos Aires offer the chance for young athletes to experience life in an Olympic Village, mix with competitors from different sports and nationalities, and are given the chance to grow as individuals as well as athletes. These events have helped shape the careers of Team GB Olympic stars such as Jade Jones and Tom Daley and we hope the same will be said for this group of young stars.”

The Games, involving athletes aged between 14 and 18-years-of-age will run from the 6th to the 18th of October

Beth Tweddle MBE Enters Hall of Fame

Role model and inspiration

Beth Tweddle

As one of Britain’s most successful artistic gymnasts ever, North-West based Beth has also set a wonderful example for everyone in the sport.

She was, of course, the first female from Great Britain to win medals at the World Championships, European Championships and Olympic Games. The rest is glorious history.

Legendary Status

In a dazzling career, it now seems fitting this enigmatic three-time Olympian and World Champion gymnast should be given legendary status for her efforts not just in the arena, but in the wider community as well. Britain’s greatest ever female gymnast will join luminaries such as Dame Kelly Holmes, Rio Ferdinand, Tracey Neville, Sir Chris Hoy and Mike Summerbee, as inductees.

Beth, who endeared herself to millions of television viewers in both the ‘Dancing on Ice’ series and ‘The Jump’, will be in distinguished company at The City of Champions gala dinner in Manchester at the start of November. The star-studded event will involve movers and shakers from the world of business, sport and the community. Dame Kelly Holmes MBE and Tracey Neville MBE will supervise the honours.

Tokyo 2020 – Gymnastics Predictions

Tokyo 2020

Halfway through the Olympic cycle the training is relentless and extremely disciplined for Tokyo 2020. It needs to be, of course, as the competition for Gold medals has never been higher. The slightest lapse in concentration, slip or error can be costly when it comes to the world’s highest level. Gymnastics wise, Team GB have a number of established stars who could certainly continue their valuable medal collection in fine style. But as with any other Olympics, some new names will emerge to capture both the hearts of everyone in the sport and some Gold medals of their own.

So, who might we need to look out for with Tokyo 2020 just two years away?

An Easy Place to Start

Dom Cunningham dazzled the judges at the recent European Championships, on his way to a superb Floor Gold. The 23-year-old artistic gymnast from Birmingham was able to add to his Commonwealth Games Team Gold of 2014, and Vault Bronze at this year’s games. Bishop Challoners own star has already laid the foundations for Olympic success, and there’s no reason why he can’t go on from here, to crown what has been an excellent year and career to date.

The Ring of Success

Those Olympic rings may be legendary, but for Courtney Tulloch they represent something much more than that. Based at the Pegasus Club, Courtney is already Commonwealth Games Champion on rings and a Silver Medallist on vault. He also has a couple of moves named after himself.

The 21-year-old is the perfect example of mental rigour having just missed out on a plane ride to Rio two years ago. Undaunted, he didn’t succumb to disappointment and now looks to become a gold medallist in Tokyo, having worked really hard in the interim.

Product Update – August 2018

Product Update

To see what we have been up to, carry on reading this product update – all the changes we have made are detailed below as well as a sneak peek at some exciting upcoming features and a look at some useful help articles…

New Enhancement: Mass Update/Import Contact

What’s New…

Previously, using the Mass update or import tool, the system could take some time to process the data (depending on the amount of contact and data you’re uploading). We’ve improve the performance of this function by scheduling the processing of the data in the back-end whilst you continue to use the other administrative tools, making your time more productive.

The new enhancement to these areas adds the import or update file into a queue as well as displaying its status.

Product Update

Should something in your file not import or update correctly you can click on ‘Failed’ to see what the issue is.

Product Update

Product Update

Once completed, the system will show a ‘Request payment’ button so you can schedule/generate payment requests for anyone newly added to groups.

SportsAid Week – September 24th-30th

Supporting the Next Generation of Athletes

SportsAid

One of the wonderful things about the sporting community is their generosity. So many charities and organisations have benefited from the good deeds of the sporting fraternity, and gymnastics is certainly no different. To this end, the arrival of early Autumn heralds the onset of ‘SportsAid Week’, and the chance to support one of our most important fundraising groups.

What is SportsAid?

This dynamic and visionary charity works hard to both encourage and support young athletes aged 12 to 16, providing them with an average financial reward of £1,000. In fact, this involves more than 1,000 athletes across more than 60 sports each year. And it’s driven by one determined ambition – to help the nation’s brightest sporting prospects develop their abilities and skills even further. The overall aim, of course, is to give them an extra push as they strive toward representing Team GB at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

What Is the Key to SportsAid Week?

It’s all about fundraising on a major scale involving our National Governing Bodies, schools, universities, companies and even individuals with a passion for sport. And all this is before our Olympians and Paralympians get behind the scheme in a really big way. Everyone comes together to help generate major funding in a short space of time. Since its launch back in 2016, more than £90,000 has been raised for some very talented potential stars of the future.

The Gymnastics World Cup – An Overview

Gymnastics World Cup

Birmingham may be our second city, but on the 23rd of March, it will become number one in the world as far as gymnastics stars are concerned. For this is the day the 2019 Gymnastics World Cup takes centre stage at the Genting Arena.

A major global event, taking on extra significance with Tokyo 2020 emerging on the horizon, athletes and fans alike will revel in the sporting electra. Some of the best gymnasts on the planet will be ready to demonstrate their skills in the white-hot heat of battle, reaching the highest levels of ability. And with Birmingham already an exciting sporting hub, a superb atmosphere is all but guaranteed for what promises to be supreme competition.

Gymnastics World Cup – Global Stars

Though it’s slightly early to confirm the eight nations who will be taking part, recently represented countries have included the USA, Russia, China, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan. It’s highly likely we’ll see most of those again alongside Great Britain, of course. There will certainly be several Olympic, World and European medallists in the lineups, adding spice to what is always a fantastic occasion. And as the hosts, Britain will secure four spots automatically leaving the selectors spoilt for choice. The gymnastics world cup features up to nine male and nine female athletes.

Meeting the Challenge

Part of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup Series, gymnasts will face some tough challenges calling for discipline, strength and amazing flexibility. All three will be needed for their work on the rings, and those incredible carefully put together routines on the vault and floor. Then there’s both the parallel and high bars to encounter. Tension, excitement and the respect of the crowd will all make the stakes even higher. Our female gymnasts, in particular, will provide the perfect example of grace and composure.

Competitions like these provide great watching for club members across the UK, who take their gymnastics seriously. They can also act as a catalyst for inspiration for those youngsters just starting out in the sport.

2018 A Cause for Celebration

Last time around the gymnastics fraternity was celebrating medals won by both Alice Kinsella, daughter of Republic of Ireland football international Mark, and James Hall from the Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Maidstone. To do so in front of their home crowd, was a career highlight.

Amanda Reddin, Women’s Head National Coach, said:

“This is a great opportunity for our gymnasts. The competition structure of the event allows gymnasts to thrive under pressure, their routines showcasing all the effort they’ve put in during hours and hours of training to peak at the right time.

“Competitions of this nature are invaluable to support our gymnasts on their road to Tokyo. There’s no better platform for them to perform on – these conditions make the Olympic pressure real.”

Breaking it Down

Spectators will see male gymnasts taking to the arena from midday until four o’clock. Female athletes will be in action from half-past five until just after nine. The judges will be concentrating intently, as every move is priceless to competitors at the peak of their powers, looking to move up the ranks.

This fascinating World Cup consists of a series of stages only with no culminating final event. At each stage, the top three gymnasts or groups in each apparatus are awarded both medals and prize money. And naturally, an all-round winner will finally emerge. Only the winning nation receives a cup at the end of the series.

The Venue

No stranger to acting, as host for the BBC Sports Personality of The Year Award, the 16,000 capacity Genting Arena is the 10th busiest in the world. It’s also a very fitting and welcoming venue for such a prestigious gathering of athletes, located right next to the city’s airport. It’s fully accessible to both able-bodied and disabled alike, with state-of-the-art facilities to make any visit extremely enjoyable. There are some excellent parking and transport links as well.

The world cup will be held at Genting Arena on Saturday, March 23, 2019, and it’s open to all members of the public. So, the message from Brum is clear – book your tickets early to get the best seats in the house. It’s an experience you’ll never forget and very much part of the Birmingham beat.

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