Betty Smethurst - British Gymnastics

Betty Smethurst

We have been saddened to hear of the passing of Betty Smethurst. Betty was a gymnastics stalwart for over 60 years, helping to bring the joy of our sport to tens of thousands of young children on a regular basis.   

Betty passed away on Wednesday 15th January after a fight with lung cancer. She was surrounded by her family at home.

Throughout her 60 years in the sport, Betty trained and supported several generations of gymnasts, mostly whilst being an important part of Enfield Gym Club, with many going on to become coaches and judges in the sport.

In latter years Betty was totally supportive of the General Gymnastics programme in London Gymnastics, and even when she was fighting breast cancer, still managed to come to the competitions, to keep a close eye on the gymnasts she coached.

Eighteen months ago, the London region recognised her great input by making her an Honorary Life Vice President, an honour that was richly deserved.

Funeral Arrangements
Betty's funeral will be held on Thursday 13th February at 13:00 at Enfield Crematorium. The address is Enfield Crematorium, Great Cambridge Road, Enfield EN1 4DS. No flowers please. Donations to charity (to be decided). The family has asked that those in attendance wear something blue.