October is Black History Month - British Gymnastics

October is Black History Month

Throughout October we will be celebrating Black History Month.

Starting today, we’ll be celebrating the diversity and inclusivity of gymnastics, as well as showcasing  huge history-making achievements and inspiring stories from some of the black role models in our sport.

With that in mind, recently we recorded an interview with GB gymnast, Joe Fraser. In 2019, Joe made history of his own when he became the first black male artistic gymnast to become world champion. Almost a year on from that memorable day, Joe talks us through the routine, his thoughts during it and the feeling of elation when he knew he’d won gold. Watch it now on YouTube. 

About Black History Month 
Black History Month is an annual celebration that started in America in 1915, after the abolishment of slavery. The month is dedicated to celebrating achievements from the black community. Whilst in America they celebrate the month in February, in the UK, we celebrate it in October.  

First launched in London in the 1980’s, Black History Month aimed to counter the perceived invisibility of black people, and to challenge negative stereotypes.  

We want to hear from you 
During the month of October, we would love to highlight some of the brilliant work that is going on in our community to encourage diversity. If your club has made an increased effort to become more inclusive during recent years, or if you know of an inspirational person in the black community that has done so much for gymnastics, it would be great to hear from you. Please email communications@british-gymnastics.org.