Louis Smith awarded (2008) - British Gymnastics

Louis Smith awarded (2008)

louis-smith.jpgLouis Smith from Huntingdon Olympic Gym Club, was announced one of the recipients of the BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy on Wednesday, 16 January.

The 18-year old, coached by Paul Hall, broke through to the Senior world elite, by winning the Bronze medal on Pommel Horse at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart. Smith was twice Junior European Champion on this apparatus, in Lubljana (SLO) 2004 and Volos (GRE) 2006.  

Introduced in 2005, to mark the BOA’s Centenary Year and the awarding of the 2012 Olympic Games to London, the BOA presented a trophy to each of the 35 Olympic Governing Bodies for them to award on an annual basis to their top Olympic Athlete. Winners of the Olympic awards were also invited to celebrate their achievements at the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year. BOA Chief Executive Simon Clegg: “The presentation of these trophies recognises the drive, determination and commitment of athletes across all of our Olympic sports as they strive to achieve their goals in the international sporting arena. The BOA hopes to welcome as many of these athletes as possible in to Team GB in the coming Olympiads.”