Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT World Age Group Championships – Special Delivery from Russia

The beautiful city of St. Petersburg proved to be the perfect inspiration for those athletes charged with representing Britain at the 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT World Age Group Championships. What’s more, it resulted in a magnificent haul of ten priceless medals, enough to show the world just how good our gymnasts can be. What made it even better was the fact the medals were won in all three disciplines across the age groups, though it’s true to say it was in tumbling the team really impressed. It also demonstrated the tremendous strength in depth we have within this area of the sport.

Tumbling

Age 17 to 21

The delightful Megan Surman from the City of Birmingham club certainly made the judges happy scoring 33.900 in her tumbling final. It was enough to secure a valuable gold, though praise must also go to silver medal winner and team-mate Aimee Antonius who finished just behind her with marks of 33.800. The Black Country was also celebrating as Jaydon Paddock stormed to victory in the men’s event amassing a total of 36.900.

Gymnastics Club Administrator of the Year Award – Winner Announcement

Gymnastics Club Manager created The Gymnastics Club Administrator of the Year Award to recognise the unsung efforts of all the gymnastics club administrators who go, for the most part, without thanks. 

The work they do both in front and behind the scenes of their clubs is crucial, so we wanted to recognise their efforts and put them in the spotlight for once. 

Having read through all the submissions, the whole team at Gymnastics Club Manager have been blown away by the number of truly incredible and dedicated people working at the clubs throughout the country. Everyone who was nominated should be hugely proud of themselves. 

That being said, we had to select a winner. So, congratulations to Kelly Wilson of Athena Sports Academy.

Kelly was nominated by Shaun Carruthers. We think her story is incredible and one certainly worthy of The Gymnastics Club Administrator of the Year Award:

“Kelly was simply ‘a parent’ just two years ago, attending the club with her two children in our Disability classes – shy and lacking any confidence to interact with other parents or staff. Kelly has never had an easy route in life but doesn’t take any time to complain about the misfortunes she has faced.

“With some persuasion, Kelly agreed to volunteer her time at one of our events. Since then, we have seen Kelly absolutely transform into a professional, approachable and organised individual who is now incredibly confident in herself and her ability – made even more so with the introduction of Gymnastics Club Manager.

“Kelly has embraced the system and is now our ‘super user’, spending her days on (and off!) ensuring that it’s accurate and up-to-date. She now volunteers 5 days a week, for hours at a time making sure our customers are looked after and it’s incredible to see her previously shy character develop into such a well-rounded individual. 

“Kelly, we really couldn’t do it without you and we really hope this nomination shows our appreciation.”

An honourable mention also goes to Mandie Adams of Forest of Dean Gymnastics Club who narrowly missed out – another exceptional administrator with a wonderful story which we will be sharing in the coming weeks.

We didn’t want Mandie’s efforts to go unrecognised either so we will be giving her a runner-up prize of a £200 Amazon voucher. 

Keep an eye on our social media in the coming weeks as we will be sharing the stories of all ten finalists. We think the work they do is incredible and we think the wider gymnastics community deserves to know about it.

On behalf of everyone at Gymnastics Club Manager, thank you for everyone who sent in a nomination. But, more importantly, thank you to everyone who was nominated for doing such an incredible job at your clubs – the gymnastics community is a better place thanks to your work.

Kristian Thomas Elected to Join the Athletes’ Commission

Kristian Thomas

It’s always great for the sport when a gymnast is rewarded for their professionalism, dedication and unselfish service to others. So, it’s fitting that two-time Olympic gymnast and multiple major championship medallist, Kristian Thomas, has been elected onto the BOA’s Athletes’ Commission.

This is, of course, an advisory group set up to ensure the athletes’ viewpoint and interests are at the heart of everything the BOA does. The Commission has 12 members, made up of a mixture of retired and current athletes from summer and winter sports.

It was founded in 2004 to represent the interests of athletes in Great Britain to major decision-makers in the sport. The brief also included assisting athletes in member sports to both setup and maintain athlete representative structures. It’s also specified that all candidates must have competed for Team GB at an Olympic Games or Olympic Winter Games within the past 12 years, and no earlier than Turin 2006.

A Sporting Honour

It’s a great honour for the 29-year-old former artistic gymnast from Wolverhampton to be chosen as one of five new members serving a four-year term from 2019 to 2022. It means Kristian will be at the heart of the decision-making process for Team GB so he can have a key part to play on how the sport continues to develop long into the future. No doubt his experience will be called upon frequently having performed at the highest level for a number of years.

He was, in fact, the first male gymnast ever to win a medal in ‘vault’, landing a bronze in the 2013 World Championships. Two years later he won his first major international title, securing gold in the floor exercise at the 2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships. And we can’t forget his contribution as part of the British team that won gold in the 2012 European Championships team event, and a historic bronze in the same event at the 2012 London Olympics.

For those who know Kristian well it comes as no surprise to see him further an ambition not just to help up and coming athletes, but also those currently working hard with Tokyo 2020 on the horizon. It’s a huge responsibility, but this exceptional athlete will surely take it all in his stride.

The Superstars of Gymnastics

Bringing out the very best talent

It was only a matter of time before a major new showcase event revolutionised the sport of gymnastics. And now it’s here in the form of ‘The Superstars of Gymnastics’. March 23rd, 2019 will become a red-letter day when this unique promotion raises the profile of the sport to a whole new level in terms of spectators, fans of the sport and organisers.

As the years go by, the sport has gained unprecedented levels of coverage on television, offering the opportunity for youngsters to see first-hand what’s involved. We all know it’s a powerful medium, of course, but by adding some glitz and glamour it’s hoped that some depth and excitement will be brought to the overall presentation of gymnastics live on Sky Sports.

A Dramatic Venue

There can’t be any better venue for this than the magnificent O2 Arena on the banks of The Thames, London – which when filled to capacity offers the most spectacular backdrop. It’s certain to provide an electric atmosphere, and naturally, there are some mouth-watering names taking part.

High-Profile Names

Though the full list has yet to be confirmed, everyone involved will be at the top of their discipline. And who better to lead the line-up than the irrepressible Max Whitlock MBE (a regular user of Gymnastics Club Manager!), who became Britain’s first ever gold medallist in artistic gymnastics winning both the men’s floor and pommel horse exercises at the 2016 Summer Olympics? Max is a five-time Olympic medallist and a glowing ambassador for the sport.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Superstars of Gymnastics,” said Whitlock. “It is very, very exciting and it’s going to bring something never seen before. It will be a very different event from any other gymnastics event out there, and it will give the gymnasts freedom to perform anything they want to wow the crowds.

“I have had a think about my routines, and I have a few ideas up my sleeve and look forward to bringing something that has never been done. I think it’s about getting something that is very different and unique”

Gymnastics Club Administrator of the Year Award – Enter Now!

Gymnastics Club Administrator of the Year

Your chance to recognise the unsung superhero who keeps your Club running seamlessly. Nominate today to win a luxury weekend away for them with £500 spending money, £1,000 for your Club and a £100 voucher for the nominator. 

Do you know someone who is an admin-star? Someone who works tirelessly, always with a smile on their face, to do the job no-one wants to do at your Club?

If so, Gymnastics Club Manager would love to hear from you because we think it’s time we recognised all those good folk who go the extra mile to keep the world of gymnastics ticking. We want to showcase the work of these amazing people and ensure they get the recognition they deserve. So we’ve created the first-ever Gymnastics Club Administrator of the Year Award.

How it Works

If you know an unsung admin-hero who deserves recognition, simply click the button below to nominate your Administrator of the Year.

You’ll need to write a brief summary of why you feel they are worthy of this award and provide a ‘supporter’ who is prepared to endorse the nomination and list their name and mobile phone number. 

Nominations close on Friday the 7th of December. The Gymnastics Club Manager team will then select a shortlist of 10 nominees who will then be submitted to an independent panel, from which the winner will be selected. The judging process may include a phone or in-person interview for the leading contenders.

The Prizes

The winning Administrator will receive a luxury admin-free weekend for two at a hotel of their choice (up to the value of £500) and £500 spending money so they can put their feet up and enjoy a well-earned rest. Plus, their nominator will receive a £100 Amazon or M&S Voucher and the Club, £1,000!

So, what are you waiting for? Click the button below to nominate your Gymnastics Club Administrator of the Year today!

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Lucie Colebeck Retires

Taking a Final Tumble

Lucie Colbeck

European tumbling champion Lucie Colebeck has announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics.

There aren’t many sports that include natural retirements at the tender age of 22, but Gymnastics can certainly fall into that category. On closer analysis, however, the Pinewood Gymnastics Club stalwart has spent most of her early life as an athlete, and as a regular in the British tumbling team. Given all of this, she’s packed a fantastic amount into a colourful gymnastics career. It’s also true to say she has been one of our most successful athletes in her niche, winning a number of medals at both European and World levels.

Outstanding Athlete of The Year

Two years ago, Lucie was named Outstanding Athlete of the Year at the British Gymnastics national awards ceremony. She was recognised at the time for 15 years of amazing discipline. This included winning a silver medal at the World Championships, by being named the top athlete from the ‘non-Olympic’ category.

Through the years this excellent role model has combined her training with coaching both at Pinewood and several local schools, including Ludgrove in Wokingham. Tumbling may not be an Olympic discipline, but that hasn’t stopped her progress as a great exponent of the art. And it’s true to say she’s helped raise the bar in terms of high standards.

A Titled Presence

Lucie has experienced 12 British Championships, five Europeans, seven Worlds and a World Games. In this time, she’s won eight British and European titles, a couple World age titles, six World championship medals and a World Games medal. But more than that, she’s been a tremendous example to those starting out in the sport and can move on to new things with her head held high at what has been an emotional time.

Lucie said: “The gym family is something I absolutely love about being part of the Great Britain team. Each and every one of them is brilliant. It’s been amazing.”

“Personal triumph is not done with one person alone. It involves a whole bunch of people; coaches, judges, teammates, friends and family. Many, many individuals are involved in the road to success and there are lots of people I have to thank for their constant support, including my parents who have been fantastic.”

Tumbling Explained

To succeed long-term at Tumbling means marrying together the skills of artistic gymnastics and trampolining. In certain cases, a 52-metre-long spring track is utilised, and now the exercise is regulated, codified, performed and judged using acrobatic equipment of the same standard. A total of eight skills are used together by both male and female athletes.

The discipline has been an Olympic event only once, at the Olympics of 1932. It was a demonstration event in both 1996 and 2000. It is, however, one of the main events at the World Games and an annual World Championships event held in conjunction with the ever-popular Trampoline World Championships. Make no mistake, it’s a thrilling discipline to watch with exciting twists and turns, and no end of personal skill.

Getting a Taste

Many clubs offer tumbling taster sessions for anyone who would like to get involved, with an emphasis on simply enjoying the discipline. Recreational tumbling classes can be hugely enjoyable, and if you want to take things further, their coaches can offer the right advice and guidance. You can start from as young as eight years, and you know what they say? ‘It’s never too early to take up gymnastics’. Finding your local club online might be a good place to begin.

Looking Back

“The first time I jumped on the track I fell in love; fell in love for the first time and this will certainly be the hardest heartbreak I’ll have.”

“Getting to be a part of so many spectacular things that I would never have imagined this sport would allow me to do, the Common Wealth Games and the Olympic Games; I mean, WOW. To have the opportunity to go to Rio and show the world the art of tumbling was a massive honour and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”


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Youth Olympic Games – An Overview

British Gymnasts impress in Buenos Aires

Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games

The gymnasts left these shores carrying high hopes and a real willingness to give everything in pursuit of medals at the Youth Olympic Games. On their return, every single team athlete could feel proud of their achievements. And there were certainly five great reasons to smile with the word, ‘final’, constantly springing to mind.

First Day Feel Good Factor

To spring from ninth place up to fifth in a world competition is a feat in itself given the fine margins at play in the sport. Artistic gymnast Adam Tobin provided a wonderful example of what real character is all about, in doing just that. He conjured up a brilliant vault at a crucial time to leapfrog those directly in front of him and notch up an overall score of 79.573. He said: “I was pleased with fifth. I was in ninth at one point and had to do something spectacular to get back in the top six. I had to do the best vault I could, and I did, I stuck that and got a high score.”

As for high-level consistency, how does reaching five finals in total sound in vault, floor, pommel, rings and parallel bars? There may have been no medals, but for North Devon based Adam, who gave the eventual winners a real run for their money, it offered up hope for future success.

In short, he was a credit to the team.

Second Day Supremacy

Day two at the Youth Olympic Games largely belonged to the amazing Amelie Morgan who blitzed her way to a Silver in the all-around event. Pressure is something the young Buckinghamshire gymnast takes in her stride. Amelie sat fourth following early routines needing to produce something special to get into the medals. And the athlete responded with a couple of completely unblemished performances to power her way into second place. She told the media: “I’m over the moon to be stood here in second place at the Youth Olympics. I was definitely a bit more nervous coming into this event knowing that the standard was that much higher than what I’ve competed against before. I just went out there and did the best that I could, and it’s paid off.”

British Team Named for Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

The 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Set for Lift Off

A star-studded women’s and men’s teams have been selected to represent Great Britain at the forthcoming 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha. In truth, they are all household names, ready to do us proud in Qatar from October 25th to the 3rd of November.

Hands Across the Sea

This sparkling event will feature more than 700 male and female gymnasts from across 80 countries over 10 days of enthralling competition. And standards, as you might expect, will be extremely high as we get ever nearer to Tokyo 2020. In fact, for many, this offers a great opportunity for early Olympic selection involving supreme tests of ability in the all-around, individual apparatus and team events. The competition has never been greater, all adding up to what should be the best Championships yet.

Ladies Leading the Way

For our ladies, the championships will see both Ellie and Becky Downie returning from injury, though both are now fit, fully prepared, and ready to go. They are in every sense, a very welcome boost given their expertise and experience.

Ellie was the first gymnast to win a major All-Around title for Great Britain of course, and her sister Becky is a double European and Commonwealth Games champion on the uneven bars. The prides of Nottingham will be looking for a strong performance in Doha, along with the popular Georgia-Mae Fenton from East London.

Georgia is the current Uneven Bars Commonwealth Games Champion who also competed at the recent European Championships in Glasgow.

Alice Kinsella from the Park Wrekin club was another team member who did well in Scotland, along with Kelly Simm from Dynamo, Southampton.

Britain’s Motivated Men

As for the men, our hopes remain just as high with a team containing names we are all familiar with at the high-end of competition.

Max Whitlock MBE is a five-time Olympic medallist and an ambassador for the sport. He’s also in the form of his life and sure to excel in such a dramatic arena. Max will be joined by the very talented Joe Fraser from The City of Birmingham club, who is no stranger to performing under pressure.

Dom Cunningham, also from Birmingham, won Individual Floor Gold at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow and looks set to add to his impressive collection of medals.

And how about Olympic Bronze medallist Nile Wilson? He was also a member of the Silver-Medal winning British team at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Nile became the first British gymnast ever to win five Gold Medals at the European Junior Gymnastics Championships.

That leaves us with James Hall – a member of the British Senior team since 2014, who has also won All-Around Bronze in the European Artistic Gymnastic Championships, as well as a Team Gold and an individual All-Around Silver in the Commonwealth Games.

Building Toward Tokyo

James Thomas, British Gymnastics Performance Director said: “The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha represent the start of the qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Building on from the European Championships and with a number of gymnasts returning from injury, we had several world-class gymnasts pushing for team selection through the recent competition trials. The selected team for Doha gives us the opportunity to make a positive start to our Olympic qualification campaign, going head-to-head with the world’s best in the team competition and pushing for medals on key apparatus.”

An Amazing Arena

The action will take place in the superb surroundings of the world’s largest multi-purpose dome, able to host 13 different sporting events in a climate-controlled area. There’s even a full-size quality football pitch and the facilities are some of the best on the planet.

Interestingly, the time difference is just one hour so following the event through the media won’t be a problem. They know how to put on a show in Qatar, and the Aspire Academy is certain to bring out the very best in our athletes.

On Top of the World

In recent years, countries like Russia, Romania and The United States have dominated the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships – but given British Gymnastics has never been so strong, this could be the year when our men and women steal the headlines.

Let’s hope our teams can enjoy that ‘on top of the world’ feeling.


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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.