British Gymnastics would like to congratulate Martin Reddin and Lynn Simpson for being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Martin is Executive Director for Sport at British Gymnastics and he has been awarded an MBE for his services to gymnastics. He took up his current position in 2010 following previous roles as Technical Director for Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Head of Education and Principal National Development Officer. Prior to this, Martin was the National Senior Squad Coach for Men’s Gymnastics and attended the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 as the men's coach, the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 as well as numerous European and World Championships. In 2012, he was elected to the UEG (Union Européenne de Gymnastique) Executive Committee and in 2016 he took up a position on the FIG (Federation of International Gymnastique) Executive Committee.
Martin is also an FIG Brevet Coach in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and is married to Amanda Reddin, Head National Coach for the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics programme, who received an OBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.
Upon hearing the news, Martin said; “I am very proud to receive this honour. Over the last 36 years I have been fortunate to have worked in a number of different capacities within gymnastics, both in a club and for the governing body. I think this is recognition for many different people’s work that has resulted in the increased profile and success of gymnastics in the UK.”
Lynn is the Chair for the Trampoline and Tumbling Technical Panel for Scottish Gymnastics and she has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to trampolining. Lynn is also the Head Coach at Flyers Trampoline Club in Fife and has spent the last 16 years volunteering in the sport.
Lynn said; “It was all quite a shock! It’s lovely to be recognised for the work I’ve done over the years, so I’m grateful to whoever it was who nominated me for this honour. I love being a coach and I’m lucky to have such a fantastic team of gymnasts, coaches and parents at Flyers Trampoline Club, who support me in everything I do.
“I got involved with the Scottish Trampoline & Tumbling Technical Panel many years ago, with the aim of helping to improve our sport and increase the opportunities for our gymnasts in Scotland. We’ve still got lots of work to do but I believe we’ve made many significant improvements and that we are definitely going in the correct direction, and I hope this recognition helps to give our sport more of the exposure it deserves.”See the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2019