Disability Gymnastics Panel meet for the first time - British Gymnastics

Disability Gymnastics Panel meet for the first time

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The British Gymnastics Disability Gymnastics Panel have met for the first time following its formation earlier this year.

The meeting, held virtually, took place on Friday 6th October, and saw the nine panel members introduce themselves to one-another.

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. 

As well as formal introductions, in the first meeting each member of the panel was asked to prepare and present their own priorities to the group.

From this, some common themes were seen across disciplines and work areas, with each member now tasked with creating an action plan for the new year.

A key theme that came from the meeting was the importance of increasing the numbers of disabled gymnasts that take part in the sport, as well as increasing the opportunities available.

The next meeting will take place at the end of January. We’ll be providing updates throughout the year on the progress made by the panel. 

Just last month we announced the nine members that would sit on the panel. We’re delighted to share more information about each person, including the diverse experience they bring to the group.  

Angela Turner 
Angela will Chair the panel, doing so with a wealth of experience in the sport. Speaking about the formation of the panel, Angela 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 disability 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."

Dawn Lawson 
Dawn was involved in women’s artistic for nearly 14 years before moving over to trampolining in 2004, where she set up her own club. A lead coach for the South West team at regional team finals, Dawn has also been part of the trampoline technical committee. 

Lyndsay Madden 
With 36 years’ experience, Lyndsay first took part as a gymnast before taking on coaching and judging roles. She’s now a club owner, running an academy in the North East of England, and has additional experience as a disability gymnastics coach.  

Hazel Coates 
Since 1982 Hazel has been heavily involved in disability gymnastics, initially working as a physiotherapist, specialising in physical and learning disability. Hazel then served on the British Gymnastics National Disability Technical Committee for its entirety, holding positions of Competition Coordinator and Chair. 
Amy Andrassy 
Amy first got involved in the sport as a gymnast through recreation classes at six years old, before going on to compete internationally in TeamGym. At the age of 14, her coaching journey began. 10 years later, she is the Head Coach of Gymnastics for All at her club, leading on pre-school, recreational and disability gymnastics. 
Jazmine McLellan 
At four years old, Jazmine took her first steps into a gymnastics club and has been involved ever since. Initially as a gymnast, Jazmine now coaches' women’s artistic, recreational gymnastics and inclusive sessions, making her a brilliant addition to the panel.  
Jaime Robb 
Jaime fell in love with gymnastics from a young age as a rhythmic gymnast. She retired from competing at 16 years old but wanted to remain in the sport through both coaching and judging. Whilst at university, she then became involved in coaching disability gymnastics and hasn’t looked back.  
Alexander Row 
Starting out as a recreational coach, Alexander has held many roles in gymnastics. He’s been a School Liaison Officer, Head of Men’s Artistic at his club, and is now the Head Coach of his club. Alexander has worked with gymnasts of all levels, ages and abilities, and just last year accompanied a group of athletes to the Special Olympic World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi. 
Catherine Lethbridge 
Catherine has been involved in gymnastics for over 20 years as a parent, judge, coach, tutor and member of the Women’s Technical Committee. On top of that, she’s undertaken roles including writing rulings, organising competitions and conducting competition analysis for all levels and abilities.