British Gymnastics National Awards 2019
31st January 2019
The awards, held at Birmingham Town Hall, acknowledge the outstanding achievements made by gymnasts, volunteers, coaches, clubs and community members across the country. Winners and recipients from grassroots to elite level were presented with their awards at the ceremony, which was hosted by the face of BBC Breakfast sport, Mike Bushell.
In 2018, there were many key achievements in the sport of gymnastics.
Almost 22,000 gymnasts took part or competed at British Gymnastics events, with 11,260 medals awarded and 50,000 spectators in attendance.
GB Elite Gymnasts won over 60 medals across all disciplines in major international championships.
We saw senior World Championship medal success for Max Whitlock MBE in artistic gymnastics and Elliott Browne and Shanice Davidson in tumbling, along with world bronze for acrobatic men’s pair Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott.
At junior level in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Amelie Morgan rewrote the record books by winning five medals at the European Championships, the most won in British History at this event. Amelie followed this with three medals at the Youth Olympic Games where Andrew Stamp also made history becoming our first ever trampoline medal winner.
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games there were medal-winning performances across all the competitions with Nile Wilson taking three gold and two silver medals to make him the most decorated British Gymnast of the games.
Major events continue to inspire and amaze the public. In the years ahead, the 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships will be staged in Liverpool and we are bidding to stage the 2023 World Trampoline Championships in Birmingham.
We continue to grow participation and to support our club network, helping secure £430,000 funding towards club facilities. We’ve worked with new leisure providers to create 19,000 new weekly places for people to take part in the sport.
With great coaching practice and positive gymnast experiences at the heart of our sport, we welcomed over 10,000 learners across 900 course, to continue meeting the needs of the community all over the country.
Below are the nominations and award winners from the night who are in the South East Region.
National Volunteer Award - Michael Gevaux
Michael has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to supporting the gymnastics community, with his enthusiasm and tireless efforts felt by many. Without the hours he has volunteers at Gatwick Flyers since it opened in 1996, the club may not exist. Michael remains dedicated to the cause, also volunteering as the South-East Region squad coach for Trampoline, a volunteer South-East region welfare officer as well as organising the Surrey Gymnastics Trampoline Competition.
Michael then went on to win the National Volunteer Award.
National Safeguarding Award - Michael Gevaux
Nominated for two awards, Michael is highly thought of throughout the gymnastics community. A volunteer regional welfare officer for the south east, he has formed a strong team that is recognised for its dedication to the role. He has helped to organise regional seminars and training in this role and in 2017 he was formally recognised for his dedication in this area.
National Club Award - Pegasus Gymnastics Club
With over 1,600 members, Pegasus Gymnastics Club continue to excel at all levels, from recreational, right through to elite. Having moved into a bigger facility four years ago, the club has grown from 350 members and now has a large workforce and a strong club structure. Their dedication to providing opportunities for members stretches right across the disciplines.
The club has set up links with local schools, they have arranged Key Step competitions for schools, made local authority links, created partnerships with organisations working with disadvantaged youths, social housing and volunteering, and have made links with disability sport providers and health professionals.
At an elite level, in 2018 alone, the club boasts impressive results for gymnasts James Hall and Courtney Tulloch, and Coach Ionut Trandaburu.
Pegasus went on a then won the National Club Award.
National Gymnastics Award for Equality & Inclusion - Woking Gymnastics Club
Woking continue to provide additional opportunities and support for members, but also work regularly with community partners to give those outside of the club the chance to take part. In the last 12 months the club have added a weekly preschool class to their programme, and have reached around 120 new participants at local Sure Start centres, making the sport accessible to underrepresented groups. The club have also reached five new disability organisations, running dedicated sessions for these groups free of charge.
Woking then went onto win the National Gymnastics Award for Equality & Inclusion.
Award of Merit - Dexter Millen
Dexter has work for South East Gymnastics for over 10 years and English Gymnastics for the last three years in the new Trampoline Competition Programme. His work, in particular with the new horizontal displacement and time of flight machinery, has been invaluable, quickly mastering how they work. A mainstay of all events in the South East region, in the recent years Dexter has become a board member and also a lead committee member for the county of Kent.
Nik Stuart Honorary Life Member - Kathy Webb
A former recipient of the Award of Merit, Kathy volunteers an incredible amount of hours in our sport. Not only does she volunteer for the trampoline, tumbling and DMT events, Kathy also volunteers for all major championships run by British Gymnastics. Completely dedicated to the sport, Kathy is reliable, trustworthy and willing to help out with all tasks. She shows no signs of stopping any time soon, and continues to support all event, most recently in Glasgow at the 2018 European Championships.
The John Atkinson Award - Lewis Watts, Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott - Spelthorne
Lewis, Conor, Charlie and Adam took the acrobatic world by storm in 2017, producing their best rto win World Games gold in Wroclaw, Poland. Having qualified for the final in top spot, the group made sure of gold by competing a clean final ‘combined’ routine to take the title ahead of close rivals China.
Hall of Fame - Lewis Watts, Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott - Spelthrone
The British men’s acrobatic group had been working together for six years before their crowning moment came. Competing against the very best gymnasts in the world in Wroclaw, Poland, the group performed incredibly to win 2017 World Games gold. That achievement topped a long list of successes that the group had whilst together, and they are worthy inductees in to the British Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
The men’s acrobatic group of Lewis, Conor, Charlie and Adam achieved an incredible amount, performing consistently over a number of years.The group also won medals at Junior European Championships, World Age Group Championships, European Championships and World Championships.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Adam said: “I’d like to say what a great honour it is for all of us to receive this award. We have all enjoyed working together over the years and winning so many medals has given us many good memories, but to get this award makes our time together very special.
“It’s great to receive this recognition for our achievements. Thank you so much!”