The achievements of some of the most inspirational people in the gymnastics community were celebrated at the Imperial War Museum in Cambridge on Saturday 21st October.
Several elite gymnasts and coaches were in attendance, with awards given out for the Outstanding Coach of the Year, Outstanding Athlete of the Year, a second inductee in to the British Gymnastics Hall of Fame and additional special awards, presented to those who have performed outstandingly in European and World competition.
Congratulations to all our winners.
Outstanding Coach of the Year
This award recognises an individual from the British Gymnastics high performance programmes who has produced outstanding international results through their athletes during 2016/17. This year three awards will be given acknowledging the ‘Outstanding Coach of the Year’, two in an Olympic discipline and one in a Non-Olympic discipline.
Olympic discipline winners: Rachael Wright & Nicola Preston (artistic)
Head coaches of South Durham Gymnastics Club, Rachael and Nicola have produced several international gymnasts representing Great Britain around the world, including 2016 Olympic floor bronze medallist, Amy Tinkler.
Non-Olympic discipline winner: Zoe Styles (tumbling)
As a personal coach, Zoe has produced 11 World Age or World Champions, three junior European Champions and has had gymnasts in teams that have won 13 junior European Team medals and over 120 international medals. She is also coach to World Games competitor Elliott Browne and coached World Champion, Rachael Letsche. Zoe is an asset to Wakefield Gymnastics Club and does great work as Yorkshire’s Chair on the tumbling committee.
Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award
This award recognises an individual from the British Gymnastics high performance programmes who has produced outstanding international results. This year two awards will be given acknowledging the ‘Outstanding Athlete of the Year’, one in an Olympic discipline and one in a Non-Olympic discipline.
Olympic discipline winner: Bryony Page (trampolining)
Bryony was part of the British team that took 2016 European gold before going on to the 2016 Olympic Games, where she produced the performance of her lifetime, firstly qualifying for the trampoline finals, and then producing an incredible routine to take home Olympic silver.
Bryony said: “I’m really happy and would like to say thanks to everyone that helped me along the way. It feels really special to be recognised.”
Non-Olympic discipline winners: Lewis Watts, Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate & Adam Upcott (acrobatic)
The senior men’s group from Spelthorne took a sensational gold medal at the 2017 World Games in Poland and then travelled home to win the British title just days later.
Hall of Fame inductee
Kristian has led the GB men’s artistic team for over a decade. Taking multiple individual honours at World, European and Commonwealth Games, winning Olympic bronze with the British team at London 2012 and captaining the team in Rio 2016. He becomes only the second person to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame, joining Beth Tweddle who was inducted in 2014.
Kristian said: “This evening has been just incredible. To see the appreciation from everyone; everyone being upstanding when I went up, it just made everything that little bit more special for me. Gymnastics has been so much more to me than a sport. I’ve got to travel the world, I’ve competed in sold out arenas, represented my country and won medals for my country. It’s been an incredible journey. 23 years ago, when I walked through the doors at my gym club, I would never have thought I’d be here.”
For outstanding performances at the 2017 Artistic European Championships
Ellie became the first British artistic gymnast to win all-around gold at a major international championship with victory at the European Championships. She then went on to take vault and floor silver and bars bronze. Ellie enjoyed a great night at the awards and said: “Having British Gymnastics support us all of the time, the national coaches and our family and parents as well. It’s great to be able to celebrate with them tonight.”
James won all-around bronze in his first major international competition.
Courtney won rings silver with a difficult routine in a high calibre field.
For outstanding performances at the 2017 World Games
Lewis Watts, Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate & Adam Upcott
The acrobatic men’s group wowed the crowds with a stunning performance to take gold at The World Games.
Lewis Walker & Kitty Williams
Team GB’s mixed acrobatic pair claimed a brilliant bronze medal.
Isabel Haigh, Ilisha Boardman & Emily Hancock
The women’s acrobatic group took bronze with a beautiful final routine.
In a high-quality field, Lucie won bronze in the women’s tumbling final.
For outstanding performances at the 2017 Artistic World Championships
Max Whitlock MBE
Max retained his world pommel horse title with a near faultless routine in the final.
In the floor final, Claudia performed with style to claim an impressive bronze medal. Claudia who was in attendance said: “After coming back from the World Championships, I was so pleased to get a medal, and to be recognised for that; I feel really special. So many people have worked hard to help me and I’m really grateful."