After a career spanning 25 years at British Gymnastics, Media Specialist Vera Atkinson has retired.
Vera is well known and hugely respected throughout the gymnastics and media world and will be hugely missed, especially at major events where she led press operations.
Vera began her career at British Gymnastics in 1995 and has since led the transformation of the organisation’s media, communications and digital production departments, utilising her years of experience at the forefront of gymnastics coverage to ensure we are able to fulfil all the needs of the modern media environment.
As Head of Press Operations at major championship such as the 2009 and 2015 Artistic World Championships, the 2008 Acrobatic World Championships and the 2011 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT World Championships, Vera created world class facilities and managed and motivated workforces, welcoming the world’s media and inspiring increased coverage and exposure for the sport of gymnastics.
Vera’s knowledge and expertise are based on a lifetime within the sport. Vera, was twice World Champion and one-time World Bronze medallist with the Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Group and was Head of Sport for Bulgarian National Television before coming to Great Britain in 1995. She was the first woman from the world of gymnastics to receive the International Olympic Committee’s Diploma for Women in Sport in 2002, and in 2008 she was awarded the “Bulgarian State Award” for her services to sport. Vera has also played a number of influential roles for the International Gymnastics Federation where she sits on the prestigious Ambassador Commission.
Vera’s unique insight, experience and knowledge of all aspects of media and sport have been invaluable to British Gymnastics and everyone wishes her the best in her well-deserved retirement.