We are delighted to announce the formation of the British Gymnastics Disability Gymnastics Panel.
The Panel has been created to provide more opportunities for disabled participants, with the group aiming to influence, shape and drive inclusive opportunities in gymnastics.
We welcome the selected members of the Panel who are; Angela Turner (Chair), Lyndsay Madden, Hazel Coates, Amy Andrassy, Jazmine McLellan, Jaime Robb, Dawn Lawson, Catherine Lethbridge and Alexander Row.
Collectively the panel has a wealth of expertise in Disability Gymnastics. Each panel member brings with them their own experiences and knowledge, with each representing different disciplines and areas of gymnastics.
Dave Marshall, British Gymnastics Participation Director, said: "This is an important milestone for British Gymnastics, and we’re pleased that we are now able to announce those who will sit on the Panel. It is a fantastic group that really want to make a difference.
"It’s vital for our sport that opportunities are equal. The Panel will help to ensure that disability gymnastics has a presence and is considered and recognised within all disciplines of the sport."
Additionally, the Panel will play a role in supporting the creation and implementation of new resources, and act as the main point of contact for any disability specific queries from within the gymnastics community.
Angela Turner, the Chair of the Panel, said: "I am really excited about the establishment of the DGP and look forward to working with all the new panel members. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for developing disabilities gymnastics across the disciplines.
"The panel represents a renewed commitment from British Gymnastics to disability gymnastics and will enable the growth of opportunities for more inclusive sessions, clubs and competitive pathways."
The Panel will meet formally on a quarterly basis, with the first meeting due to take place before the end of the year.
We’ll be providing updates throughout the year on the progress made by the Panel.