We are extremely proud of the following members of London Gymnastics who received awards at the 2019 British Gymnastics National Awards, held at Birmingham Town Hall.
Winners and recipients from grassroots to elite level were presented with their awards at the ceremony, which was hosted by the face of BBC Breakfast Sport, Mike Bushell.
Huge congratulations to all recipients, but particularly to those from our region that received awards.
Well done also to Christine Cason who was shortlisted for the National Safeguarding Award.
The Nik Stuart Honorary Life Member award is dedicated to the late Nik Stuart MBE, former European silver medallist and nine-time British men’s champion, and recognises outstanding service to British Gymnastics and gymnastics at a national level for a minimum of 10 years.
The Award of Merit is presented to those who have provided an outstanding service to both British Gymnastics and the gymnastics community for a minimum of seven years.
Ben Murphy - Nik Stuart Honorary Life Member
A gymnast for 12 years before becoming a coach and national judge, Ben has committed his spare time to the sport for many years. He was one of the youngest Technical Committee Chairs, and has been Competition Director for the London Open for 20 years. Competition Manager at the 2009 and 2015 World Championships, and the Artistic Gymnastics Manager at the 2012 Olympics, Ben has also been the London Gymnastics Chair for five years, leading a forward-thinking region.
Anne McNeill - Nik Stuart Honorary Life Member
Anne’s gymnastics journey began as a parent when she took her daughters to festival gymnastics. That has led to a near 30-year involvement in our sport that continues today. Anne became involved in the London Festival, eventually taking the role of Event Director. From there, she became involved in the London Regional Executive Committee where she held the role of Chairman for over three years. Anne is selfless in her endeavours, providing support to gymnastics in all that she does.
Kathy Webb - Nik Stuart Honorary Life Member
A former recipient of the Award of Merit, Kathy volunteers an incredible number of hours to our sport. Not only does she volunteer for the trampoline, tumbling and DMT events, Kathy also volunteers for all major championships run by British Gymnastics. Completely dedicated to the sport, Kathy is reliable, trustworthy and willing to help out with all tasks. She shows no sign of stopping any time soon, and continues to support all events, most recently in Glasgow at the 2018 European Championships.
Siobhan Divers - Award of Merit
A gymnast, coach and judge for the past 30 years, Siobhan has given a lot to British Gymnastics. She was a member of the GB junior and senior squads and represented Britain at senior international events. Siobhan has served as a volunteer at major events including London 2012, is a highly qualified judge and has also helped to develop judge education for the sport. Major competitions judged include the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the 2018 European Championships.