British Gymnastics is delighted to announce the appointments of Sam Hunter and Adam Folwell as men’s artistic and women’s artistic National Development Coaches.
The National Development Coaches will provide direct support and expertise throughout the Performance Pathway at regional and home nation level - the focus being on developing talent, providing technical and practical guidance to gymnasts and coaches and contributing to the development of Coach Education resources.
Sam Hunter will be well known among the gymnastics community as a leading international and Great Britain competitor, whilst as a junior gymnast, he competed at all levels through the setwork programme, experiencing first hand, the different coaching styles and methods of those coaches that have shaped his gymnastics. Sam competed at a number of European and World Championships, achieving a high ranking of 8th in the World Championships all-around in Rotterdam 2010 and gaining recognition as a ‘world class gymnast’ receiving the FIG pin.
British Gymnastics men’s national coach Eddie Van Hoof said: “I am delighted to welcome Sam Hunter into the men’s artistic gymnastics National Coaching Staff and Programme. Sam has been appointed to the role of National Development Coach with a strong regional remit towards setwork development, performance and education. As a leading international performer attending numerous international competitions and training camps, Sam has gained an insight into coaching styles and national structures from across the world.
Sam brings a new and fresh perspective to the men’s programme, with the opportunity to shape and influence performance and development both regionally and nationally. The demands of the post cannot be underestimated and will prove to be an exciting challenge. Sam exhibits an understanding and enthusiasm for this challenge that is second to none and is ambitious to continue his and the men’s programme journey to even greater achievements in the years to come. I am certain that everyone will get behind Sam and the programme, in giving him the support and encouragement to make a success of this opportunity.”
Sam will officially take up the position on 28th October and he will be present at the National Setwork Finals to be held at GMAC, Birmingham on 1-3 November 2013.
Adam Folwell, the women’s artistic National Development Coach, was a former male artistic National Squad gymnast, who after retiring from competitive gymnastics took up a coaching role at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club within the women’s programme.
Under the direction of Paul Hall, Adam has honed his coaching skills working with recreational classes and competitive gymnasts through to high performance national squad athletes. The culmination of this journey saw him attend World Championships with his gymnast Marissa King, who also competed for Great Britain at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
British Gymnastics women’s head coach Amanda Reddin said: “I am confident that Adam will be able to pass on the coaching skills he has developed over the past ten years to help new and developing gymnasts and coaches within the women’s artistic Performance Pathway. His enthusiasm and dedication to our sport ensures the impact he will have on the overall development of the women’s artistic programme, leading up to Rio and beyond.”
Complementing the appointments of Sam and Adam, British Gymnastics are also delighted to confirm the team of Performance Pathway Coaches who have been appointed to deliver the regional clinics and camps, connecting content and standards from the World Class Programme down to gymnasts and coaches at a local level. They will be responsible for delivering the new Performance Pathway clinics and regional performance camps, in partnership with our regional partners across the 10 English Regions and Northern Ireland.