Tumbling star Rachael Letsche and the men’s acrobatic group of Lewis Watts, Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott have been inducted in to the British Gymnastics Hall of Fame at the 2019 British Gymnastics National Awards in Birmingham.
Rachael and the men’s acrobatic group become the first gymnasts from their gymnastics disciplines to be named in the Hall of Fame, joining artistic gymnasts Beth Tweddle MBE, who was inducted in 2014, and Kristian Thomas, who received the honour in 2017.
The Hall of Fame is the ultimate award within the British Gymnastics awards list, celebrating the outstanding achievements of British gymnasts on the highest international stage; the culture of self-belief, tenacity and enthusiasm which they have shown, and their ability to inspire.
Rachael enjoyed a stellar career as a world level tumbling gymnast, with her achievements second to none. Individual tumbling gold at the 2012 European Championships was followed by individual World Games silver in 2013. Then in 2014, she went one better, becoming individual tumbling world champion.
On being inducted in to the Hall of Fame, Rachael said: “I take great pride and pleasure in being inducted in to the British Gymnastics Hall of Fame. To be receiving a memorable award is an incredible moment, and for me this brings back so many memories of hard work, dedication and success competing in tumbling. It will and always has been a huge part of my life.
“To be celebrating this achievement amongst other inspirational people is an amazing feeling.”
The men’s acrobatic group of Lewis, Conor, Charlie and Adam achieved an incredible amount, performing consistently over a number of years. Years spent perfecting their skills as a group culminated in the ultimate achievement in 2017 when they became World Games champions.
The group also won medals at Junior European Championships, World Age Group Championships, European Championships and World Championships.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Adam said: “I’d like to say what a great honour it is for all of us to receive this award. We have all enjoyed working together over the years and winning so many medals has given us many good memories, but to get this award makes our time together very special.
“It’s great to receive this recognition for our achievements. Thank you so much!”
The last inductee in to the Hall of Fame, Kristian Thomas, was on hand to introduce the new inductees at a star-studded evening at Birmingham Town Hall.
2012 European Championships, individual tumbling gold
2012 European Championships, team tumbling silver
2013 World Championships, team tumbling bronze
2013 World Games, individual tumbling silver
2014 European Championships, team tumbling gold
2014 World Championships, individual tumbling gold
Men’s acrobatic group (Lewis Watts, Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott)
2014 World Age Group Championships, 12-18yrs men’s group all-around gold
2015 Junior European Championships, men’s group all-around gold
2016 World Championships, men’s group all-around bronze
2017 European Championships, men’s group all-around silver
2017 World Games, men’s group all-around gold