It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Bert Dooley at the age of 85. Bert was involved in gymnastics for many years, as a gymnast, a Brevet judge and as an author.
Bert passed away on the morning of 5th November following a long illness.
As a gymnast Bert was renowned for his hand balancing, as well as his skills in the all-around competition. He competed at the British Championships on multiple occasions and won the national floor and vault championships in 1958.
In his professional life he was a member of the army, and competed for the army gymnastics team from 1960-1968, something he was incredibly proud of.
Bert will be remembered by many for his judging. Whatever the competition, Bert would be there. If he wasn’t judging he would help in another capacity, often with his wife Maureen and son Carl. Bert went on to judge at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and also judged regularly at European and World Championships.
Throughout his judging, he always kept in touch with his army gymnasts, and later went on to write a document titled ‘A History of Army Gymnastics (1860-1980)’, a copy of which is in the British Gymnastics archives.
We would like to send our deepest sympathies to Bert’s family and friends at this difficult time.