Join us again on February 18th 2017 for our Annual Awards Dinner
The North Gymnastics Annual Awards Dinner was held on February 19th 2016 at the Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield. This is a lovely venue, set in acres of beautiful grounds and many of the 156 guests chose to stay over and treat themselves to a special weekend!
The evening began at 7.00pm with a three course Dinner, followed by the presentation of awards. This year the awards were presented by the North Region President, Mr Peter Crawford, assisted by Mrs Myrtle Sunley, Vice Chair.
Our awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and commitment of our gymnasts, coaches, judges and volunteers and this year we were pleased to receive 50 nominations from all parts of the North Region.
First to receive their awards for Junior service to Gymnastics were 14 young volunteers from Northen Hope, Robert Atkinson, Redcar, Darlington, and Northallerton Gymnastic Clubs. These young people are the future of our sport and they contribute many hours of coaching and assistance to their club alongside their academic work.
This was followed by the Service to Gymanstics Award. Twenty two nominations were received from Acklam, Robert Atkinson, West Cumbria, Washington, Northern Hope, Gateshead Metro, Redcar, South Tyneside, Hartlepool, Velocity, GymWorld and Gateshead TeamGym Clubs. As many of the nomination forms explained, our Clubs simply could not function without the huge support they receive from their volunteers and their contribution as coaches, judges, treasurers, administrators, Committee members, and mentors is very much appreciated.
The North Club of the Year award went to South Tyneside. The Club has had a fantstasic year with success at every level in Sports Acrobatics - regional to international - and this recognition was very well deserved. The Trampoline TC Award was presented by Adam Rear to Carlisle TC; Acrobatics, presented by Sandra Sargeant was awarded to Tees Valley; the GGTC Awards went to Hartlepool GC and the Tumbling TC Award was collected by Deerness Valley GC. The Schools Award was presented to Vanessa Foster from Carlisle, for her long and valuable contribution to schools gymnastics.
Each year the Association presents a Membership Award. Once again this was won by Darlington GC. This club is an outstanding model of good practice, ensuring that every gymnast, at every level is a BG member and with close to 600 members this really sets the bench mark for other clubs.
Master Gymnast Awards went to Ryan Dury from Deerness, and to Lauren Said, Sofie Lincoln, Vienna Ramsey, Hannah Pilling and Faye Wardhaugh from South Tyneside to recognise their outstanding acievements at British and International level.
Master Judge nominee was Victoria Pattison from South Tyneside. The Master Coach Award went to Brendan O'Brien to recognise his skill, enthusiasm and commitment to developing Tumbling in his club and in the region.
Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Maria Sinclair from Carlisle GC who has been instrumental in ensuring the development and progress of WA gymnastics in Cumbria. This award also went to Glen Wharton from Deerness to recognise his outstanding commitment and amazing success in Tumbling, including national and international recognition for his gymansts.
The final award was the Presidents Award for Lifetime Achievement and this year the winners were Dot and John Atkinson. Dot and John have supported the North Region for well over 30 years as coaches, judges, competition managers and county officials and this well deserved award recognised their love of the sport and their total commitment to Gymnastics.
Thanks to everyone for their nominations and for making this a special night for the award winners.