The Men’s London Open Hall of Fame was started in 2010 and is to recognise the outstanding contribution to gymnastics made by so many people involved in our events.
In 2016 we induct four more people into the Hall of Fame to join our illustrious list. A journey in gymnastics is never an easy path and without the support of many people along the way our sport would be in a very different place.
Our first 2016 Inductee into the Hall of Fame is an International Record Breaker. A Category two Brevet Judge she was the first woman ever to judge at the Men’s Artistic World Championships. This recipient has gone on to judge at European and Olympic Competitions. An excellent ambassador who supports, mentors and guides others. For her continued work as a Judge, we are delighted to announce the first entry into our Hall of Fame goes to; Nikki Hanley.
Sadly our next winner could not be with us at the London Open. Having run her current club since 2002, this coach has consistently produced successful gymnasts at all levels from club to International Success making a massive contribution to British Gymnastics. Our London Hall of Fame Coach entry is awarded to Michelle Baker. Thank you to Kristian Thomas for collecting the trophy on Michelle’s behalf.
Our Gymnast entry into the Hall of Fame goes to someone who is the epitome of all that is Great about Great Britain and our gymnastics programmes. A gymnast since the age of 5, this unassuming gymnast is calm under pressure, skilful, powerful and artistic. This consummate professional is recognised both in Great Britain and Internationally as an ambassador and role model. It is with great pleasure that we award entry into the Hall of Fame to Kristian Thomas.
Events such as this cannot run without the dedication of a band of people that come together with a vision to create an innovative competition. This final Hall of Fame entrant has done just about every job from making tea, lining up gymnasts, marshalling on floor and looking after all those men’s coaches! From Club competitions through to the Olympics this girl never lets anyone down, setting the highest standards in event organisation. Our final 2016 Entrant in the Hall of Fame is Nat Stocks.