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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Amelie Morgan Excels in European Championship

Britain's newest gymnastics star re-writes history

Amelie Morgan

It was always on the cards that new ground and new history would be written into the European Championship record books. But it’s such a fantastic boost for the sport to see it all being done by one of our finest junior gymnasts. In fact, The Academy at Portishead is still celebrating the achievements of Amelie Morgan, whose magnificent five medals became the most won by any British junior girl. If ever there was proof of the wonderful jobs our gymnastics clubs do up and down the country, this was it. And as ever, her thrilling exploits will have inspired people of all ages – such is the beauty of this sport.

Amelie Morgan – Raising the Bar

If we thought our flexible and highly efficient software was a winner, Amelie has shown us the bar can always be raised higher. Her Glasgow adventure began with a couple of extremely creditable medals in both the team event, where she helped earn a British Bronze, and the all-round competition earning a Silver. And of course, for most athletes, all of that would have been most acceptable in such a prestigious international arena. But this highly likeable 15-year-old was in no mood to make do, promptly bagging Bronze with a superb performance on the vault. Yet another Bronze would ensue following an impressive floor routine, but she’ll also be very proud of her second Silver claimed on the beam.

In short – there’s little doubt this was a scintillating performance, taken all in her stride.

British Gymnastics’ Coaching Programmes

Capturing Coaches of The Future Today

British Gymnastics

We have professional Premier League football managers and coaches who haven’t actually played the sport at the same level if at all. No doubt you’ve heard people say in the past, you don’t need to have been a supreme or winning athlete to make a good coach. The same can be said for most other areas of sport, where getting the best out of individuals is down to your own character and people skills.

So, if you’ve ever fancied becoming a gymnastics club coach, but haven’t been a gymnast – or you’re a youngster dreaming of a career in coaching, all things are possible.

The Perfect Role Model

Head National Coach for Trampoline, Tracey Whittaker-Smith, began her own journey as a teenager and hasn’t looked back. “I started as a 16-year-old helping out at school”, she said. “I really enjoyed helping someone achieve something, and from then on I was hooked. It’s a great, great career, and something to be proud of.”

For those who enjoy the idea of beginning a coaching journey but aren’t sure where to start – help is at hand. You may be a gymnastics club volunteer, still at school or already helping out at your local club. It could be, you’re not currently part of the sport at all but feel you have something special to offer.

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:

Glasgow 2018 Multi-Sport European Championships

European Championships

Glorious Glasgow is dancing to the beat of the magnificent 2018 multi-sport European Championships. The city is pulsating with the vibe from athletes heading from every corner of the continent to Scotland’s second city, for 10 days of sporting bliss.

European Excellence

The Artistic Gymnastics European Championship taking place at the Hydro Arena is an integral part of the proceedings from the 2nd – 12th August. This is causing even greater excitement amongst the athletes, as they’ll have to chance to sample an Olympic type family atmosphere on UK soil. And in many ways, this can act to spur them on to even greater achievement.

This hasn’t been lost on star gymnast Ellie Downie who said: “It’s going to be amazing to perform on home soil, The Hydro Arena is a very memorable arena for me, it’s where we won our first World team medal, so it will be nice to be back there. I think the atmosphere is going to be incredible with the home crowd, and there’s going to be a lot of hype around it.”

The senior gymnasts are competing for team and individual apparatus titles, with the juniors contesting the team, all-around and apparatus events. As an added bonus, The European Gymnastics Federation has given British Gymnastics the rights to film all of Britain’s rising stars across male and female events.