On the 25th January, at The International Centre, Telford, the achievements of some of the most inspirational people within our gymnastics community will be recognised and celebrated at the 2019 British Gymnastics National Awards.
One of the awards presented will be to the Nik Stuart Honorary Life Members. This award is dedicated to the late Nik Stuart MBE, former European silver medallist and nine-time British men’s champion and recognises outstanding service to British Gymnastics and gymnastics at a national level for a minimum of 10 years.
We are pleased to introduce you to the following seven people who will receive the award in January.
Dave has been a stalwart of London Gymnastics for over 40 years as a coach and judge for the men’s and disability disciplines. His vast experience is valued by the community and he is always on hand to share his expertise with individuals and clubs. One of Dave’s major roles as part of the committee has been as a treasurer, a role which he has served with excellence.
Over the last 13 years, Catherine has been activity involved with London Gymnastics, particularly with the organisation of the Men’s London Open. She was also part of the Organising Committee that brought the gymnastics at the Olympic Games to the O2 Arena. As well as this, Catherine is dedicated to her club and under her leadership has developed a successful Leadership Academy, helping young gymnasts to develop skills that could help them forge a career in the sport.
Chris is the Regional Welfare Officer for London Gymnastics and for over 10 years, she has demonstrated the necessary skills and knowledge to be an outstanding welfare officer, both regionally and nationally. In her role, Chris has developed and implemented strategies for child protection and regularly visits clubs and coaches to support them. Chris also carries out this role superbly with her club and is a well-respected figure in the gym.
Andy has been involved in acrobatic gymnastics his whole life. He started out as the base of a men’s pair who represented Great Britain in the 1980’s. After retiring from competitive gymnastics, he became a coach and an international judge. He is now an active member of the Acrobatic Technical Committee where he continues to work hard to help develop the sport and support up and coming talent.
Simon has been one of the leading lights in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. Between 1993 and 2008 his gymnasts won six senior British all-around titles and his club teams won three British Team championships. During this time, he trained to become a judge at international level and since 2003 has represented Great Britain at five world championships. Simon has also given his time to Chair the Men’s Artistic Technical Committee and remains a member of the Men’s Judging Panel for Great Britain.
After taking her son to gymnastics over 40 years ago, Kay has been involved in the sport ever since. She started by taking up men’s artistic coaching courses and working with a small group at a local club. She then moved into coaching children with disabilities in 1986 after a number of new gymnasts joined the club, and since then has become an innovator for inclusive gymnastics. Many gymnasts have benefited from her specialist coaching and she has also helped to develop future coaches.
Tracey has been at the forefront of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics for the past twenty years. In 2003 she was appointed as the Women’s National Coach for Welsh Gymnastics and since then has coached at European, Commonwealth and world competitions as well as at the Olympic Games. Her gymnasts have achieved over 50 British titles and she has helped nurture over 40 British squad members. Tracey was also instrumental in the Welsh team’s success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where they won a historic bronze medal.
Congratulations to all of our Nik Stuart Honorary Life Members.