Britain’s Nikki Hanley will create history during the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp as the first female to judge a men’s artistic World Championships.
Nikki who is a member of British Gymnastics men’s artistic judging panel will function as an E-judge for Floor Exercise during qualifications next week.
Speaking to the FIG, Nikki recalled her journey into judging: “I have always been involved in Gymnastics,” she said. “First as a gymnast, then I started coaching girls at Woking Gymnastics Club, south-west of London, when I was 16. An opportunity came up in my club to take over the boys’ practice and I liked it. At the age of 21 I started to get involved with judging and have moved up ever since.”
During her career Nikki has judged at all major international competitions, including European Championships, Commonwealth and University Games, World Cups and even the London Olympic Games where she was a line judge - and now the World Championships will complete the full set.
Asked about her goals for the future, Nikki says she would like to continue judging internationally, adding that it would be great to see other nations also sending their female judges to international competitions.
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