Roger Castle MBE, sadly lost his battle on the 1st of August with his family around him.
His commitment to gymnastics spanned over 60 years, from his days as a competing gymnast to his present role as DSYGA (Dorset Schools and Youth Gymnastics Association) Chairman and Head Coach of Highcliffe Gymnastics Club. Throughout this time, his commitment and passion towards the sport has been totally unwavering, even in the face of personal injury and illness.
From 1966 (when he qualified) to the present day, Roger has also made significant contributions to the teaching profession, from his early days as Head of PE at Christchurch Grammar School to the continuing tutoring and support he offers to hundreds of youngsters, so many of whom speak of the key role that Roger played in their academic successes.
He was also widely regarded as an expert in the field of tumbling gymnastics. His extensive knowledge of tumbling has propelled several gymnasts onto the national podium, giving Dorset a reputation for excellence in this discipline.
Twice in his career he was recognised for his contribution to our sport; 2005 a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dorset Sports and 2011 a MBE for Services to Gymnastics.
Upon receipt of his MBE he quoted “It was a surprise to receive the news of the MBE, not necessarily something I feel I fully deserved but a great surprise and privilege. My family are particularly delighted.” Many people would advertise winning such accolades, but Roger was a quietly proud man who waited for people to hear about these achievements rather than promote them himself.