British Gymnastics would like to congratulate Team GB member Louis Smith, Huntingdon Gymnastics coach Paul Hall and Head National Coach Amanda Reddin on being recognised in the Queens New Year’s Honours list.
Amanda Reddin, who was recently appointed Head National Coach for women's gymnastics and is coach to three-time World Champion, Beth Tweddle, has been awarded an OBE for her exceptional contribution to the sport.
Beth Tweddle MBE on Amanda Reddin OBE: “As the coach, Amanda hardly ever gets recognition. She’s the one who stays out of the limelight and tries to hide as much as she can. She’s an unsung hero and it’s great to see her finally getting the recognition for what she does.”
Triple Olympic medallist, Louis Smith was also recognised and received an MBE for his outstanding contribution to gymnastics. Smith took home silver and bronze at the London Olympic Games and recently won the Glitterball trophy for his television performances with dancer Flavia Cacace on the BBC One show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
Louis Smith MBE: “To receive this honour is out of this world and something I never would have dreamt of as I grew up in the sport of gymnastics. This year has been like no other for so many reasons. For me it's obviously one I'll never forget and I wasn't sure it could get any better, but to be awarded an MBE is the icing on the cake."
Louis’s personal coach Paul Hall was also awarded an MBE for his service to gymnastics and the London Olympics. Paul, from Huntingdon Gymnastics Club said the MBE was completely out of the blue.
Paul Hall MBE: “The MBE is wonderful news. 2012 has really been a year to remember. If anyone had told me we'd get the Olympics and then this award on top, I would not have believed it. I feel very appreciative to all the team at the gym club. Without their support I would not have been able to be involved with so much."