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.

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.”

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.”

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).

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.

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.

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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Product Update – July 2018

Product Update

To see what we have been up to throughout June and July, carry on reading – all the changes we have made are detailed below as well as a sneak peek at some exciting upcoming features…

New Feature: Acceptance Terms in Custom Form Fields

What’s New…

‘Acceptance’ is a new type of answer we have introduced for custom form fields that helps you manage the acceptance of things like privacy statements, terms and conditions, photography or medical consent.

It gives your members/customers the option to agree to your policies whilst providing a hyperlink through to the wording of them. As they do, it will create a record and a timestamp on your contact’s profile that records when they agreed to your Policies, Codes of Conduct and/or Terms and Conditions, etc.

To create an Acceptance Form field:

Step 1: Go to the ‘Admin > Forms’.

Product Update - July 2018

Step 2:  Click on ‘Create custom fields/statements’ at the top of the list of fields to the left of your screen:

Scotland Leading the Way in Disabled Gymnastics

Olympic medallist Dan Purvis inspires young disabled athletes// Gymnastics Club Management Software blog

 

Scotland Leading the Way in Disabled Gymnastics

Looking at the person and not their disability is something everyone should fully grasp as being a rewarding experience. We all have thought processes, internal feelings and talents, regardless of any physical or mental hindrance. The truth is, some of the most inspiring human beings have a disability. In fact, some of the most incredible role models are disabled gymnasts. Olympic Medallist Dan Purvis, for example, would certainly agree with that, having recently been a special guest at a two-day training camp in Aberdeen.

Helping the Next Generation

The three-time British All-Round Champion spent some valuable time with young disabled athletes and coaches from all over Scotland. Training had barely got underway when he made his surprise entrance, much to the delight of everyone there.

As an ambassador for the British Gymnastics Foundation, his visit was part of the charity’s Inspirational Experiences Programme. This innovative scheme aims to transform lives through gymnastics and enhance the pull of the sport as a consequence. Disabled gymnasts work extremely hard, so the advice, shared experiences and top tips Dan provided, were like gold dust to some amazing youngsters. Naturally, he coached some parts of the session himself, which had the desired effect of encouraging his charges even more.

Dan said: “When I was a kid I had quite a few gymnastics role models like Alexei Nemov and Kanukai Jackson, and I remember watching the Olympics and Manchester Commonwealth Games and being so inspired to dream big. Being at the disability gymnastics training camp today, I got such a warm welcome and so many of the gymnasts told me that I inspire them. That really is a great feeling and it fills me with pride to be doing my bit to inspire others in our sport.”