We are pleased to announce the British gymnasts selected for the 2019 Junior Rhythmic World Championships, taking place in Moscow, Russia, from 19th-21st July.
Saffron Severn from Rhythmic Excellence in London and Elizabeth Popova from Llanelli Rhythmic Academy will represent GB.
The event is the very first Junior Rhythmic World Championships, with both gymnasts set to compete against some of the world’s brightest prospects.
The competition will take place at the brand-new, state-of-the-art 4,000 seater Rhythmic Gymnastics Arena in Moscow, with more than 140 individual gymnasts in action over three days of competition.
Throughout the day, join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your very best handstands with us. Use the hashtag #HandstandDay, and we’ll share some of our favourites.
Handstands are everywhere in gymnastics. It’s one of the very fundamental skills of our sport, and we want you to join us in celebrating.
Look out for some top tips from 2016 Rio Olympian Brinn Bevan in the build up to the day - they might just help you perfect your handstand!
We’re pleased to announce that the 2020 National Awards will take place at The International Centre, Telford, on 25th January next year.
The event recognises and celebrates the achievements of the most inspirational people within our gymnastics community, from our outstanding elite gymnasts to our passionate workforce and volunteers.
If you want to recognise someone in the gymnastics community, nominations will open soon. Ticket information will be released closer to the date.
National Lottery funding enables a lot of our gymnasts to focus on being competition ready. Our Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler recently featured in a short film put together by National Lottery Good Causes, where Amy visited the If U Care Share Foundation which helps people local to her home town of Bishop Auckland with their mental health. The Foundation are also funded by the National Lottery.
Take a look at the video from National Lottery Good Causes/UK Sport.
British Gymnastics would like to congratulate Martin Reddin and Lynn Simpson for being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Martin is Executive Director for Sport at British Gymnastics and he has been awarded an MBE for his services to gymnastics. He took up his current position in 2010 following previous roles as Technical Director for Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Head of Education and Principal National Development Officer. Prior to this, Martin was the National Senior Squad Coach for Men’s Gymnastics and attended the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 as the men's coach, the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 as well as numerous European and World Championships. In 2012, he was elected to the UEG (Union Européenne de Gymnastique) Executive Committee and in 2016 he took up a position on the FIG (Federation of International Gymnastique) Executive Committee.
Martin is also an FIG Brevet Coach in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and is married to Amanda Reddin, Head National Coach for the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics programme, who received an OBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.
Upon hearing the news, Martin said; “I am very proud to receive this honour. Over the last 36 years I have been fortunate to have worked in a number of different capacities within gymnastics, both in a club and for the governing body. I think this is recognition for many different people’s work that has resulted in the increased profile and success of gymnastics in the UK.”
Lynn is the Chair for the Trampoline and Tumbling Technical Panel for Scottish Gymnastics and she has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to trampolining. Lynn is also the Head Coach at Flyers Trampoline Club in Fife and has spent the last 16 years volunteering in the sport.
Lynn said; “It was all quite a shock! It’s lovely to be recognised for the work I’ve done over the years, so I’m grateful to whoever it was who nominated me for this honour. I love being a coach and I’m lucky to have such a fantastic team of gymnasts, coaches and parents at Flyers Trampoline Club, who support me in everything I do.
“I got involved with the Scottish Trampoline & Tumbling Technical Panel many years ago, with the aim of helping to improve our sport and increase the opportunities for our gymnasts in Scotland. We’ve still got lots of work to do but I believe we’ve made many significant improvements and that we are definitely going in the correct direction, and I hope this recognition helps to give our sport more of the exposure it deserves.”See the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2019