Today marks the end of an era, with the passing of the English Gymnastics President, Jim Moss. After a bout of ill-health, Jim passed away peacefully on Saturday 7th July.
Jim became involved with gymnastics in the West Midlands during the 1970’s where he worked as a volunteer mainly at the B.A.I (City of Birmingham G.C)
In the early 80’s, he was appointed honorary secretary of the West Midlands Amateur Gymnastics Association (W.M.A.G.A.) as part of a small management group, to reorganise the regional finance and administration structure.
With his renowned eye for detail and his depth of knowledge of the sport Jim quickly became an indispensable member of the regional team.
He remained in this role until 2002, then becoming Chair of the West Midlands Region until 2005, thereafter representing the English Gymnastics Association on the Regional Executive Committee.
Jim had a long association with British Gymnastics, initially as an IT consultant, when he introduced the first windows-based membership system in 1996, which he managed until 2000 when British Gymnastics appointed a full-time CEO and then continuing as adviser, assisting with the development of a modernised Corporate Governance structure giving devolved powers to the home country regions.
In September 2003 Jim was appointed Honorary Secretary of an English Gymnastics steering committee, formed to advise the British Gymnastics Board on the formation of the English Gymnastics Association (EGA). Their report was accepted by the Board and the EGA became a full affiliated home country of British Gymnastics.
In 2005 Jim was appointed as the Chairman of EGA and became the English nominated director on the Board, where besides working tirelessly for the modernisation of British Gymnastics, he continued his personal campaign for a fair deal for English Gymnastics including the recruitment and appointment of a CEO and administrative team dedicated to the EGA.
Jim continued to serve as a British Gymnastics director and Chairman of EGA until his retirement from the Board in 2011 when he continued as Chairman of the EGA until 2013 when he was elected Honorary President of the EGA.
Apart from his administrative role, Jim always made himself readily available to all clubs with help or advice on any aspect of gymnastics and throughout his long and distinguished career he continued to ensure strong support for the grass roots of the sport.