South Wales gymnastics coach Olivia Bryl has been named as the Heather Crouch ‘Young Coach of the Year’ at the prestigious UK Coaching Awards 2012.
Olivia received her award from sports coach UK Patron HRH the Princess Royal in a glittering ceremony at the Lancaster, London.
Olivia, from Barry, has set up a coach and gymnast talent development programme and coached Welsh squad artistic gymnasts to Welsh and British titles. On top of this she guided three gymnasts from Wales to the Great Britain junior European team.
A former elite gymnast at World Championship and Commonwealth Games, Olivia is also one of the world’s youngest international judges, something which has helped her further understand the requirements for producing world-class gymnasts. She demonstrated her passion for development by volunteering as a Gamesmaker at the London 2012 Test and Olympic events, allowing her to pick up training and competition ideas which she brought back to the gymnasts in the squad programme.
“It feels great to win I really didn’t expect it," she said. "To be here with so many top coaches and athletes and given an award for a job you love is a great honour. I’ve got a real passion for gymnastics and I just try and do my best for all the gymnasts I work with. But in reality it’s all about a team of coaches and other people who all work together. If it wasn’t for the whole team then I wouldn’t be winning awards like this. I just hope to keep improving and working hard as a coach.”
Look out for more from Olivia as the BG Media Team pay a visit to Cardiff in the coming weeks.