Sport-by-sport - Gymnastics
|Chief Executive||Jane Allen|
|Performance Director||Tim Jones|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£10,770,600|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Silver, 3 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||62|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Bronze (1) - Louis Smith (pommel horse)|
|Press Officer||Tim Peake|
|Press Officer tel||01952 822 338 / 07825 980 335|
|National governing body||British Gymnastics|
“The National Lottery has enabled me to focus 100% on training and not have to find work to fund my training. I have access to specialist facilities that are catered to enhance my training and don’t have to worry about money allowing, me to focus fully on the best performance.”
Three-time world champion Beth Tweddle
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Louis Smith ended Britain’s 100 year wait for an individual gymnastics medal when he claimed bronze in the pommel horse, sparking one of the most successful periods in history for British Gymnastics.
In the period leading up to the London Olympics, British gymnasts have more than doubled the number of major medals won in the Olympic disciplines at Commonwealth, European and World Championship level in the compared to the corresponding period leading into the Beijing Olympic Games.
For the first time at an Olympic Games, in London Great Britain will be represented in all three gymnastics disciplines: Artistic, Trampolining and Rhythmic.
With a mix of veterans, such as three-time world champion Beth Tweddle, who has been on UK Sport’s World Class Performance Programme for over ten years, and younger talent like double European bronze medallist Hannah Whelan in the ranks, British Gymnastics is receiving over £10 million of UK Sport investment for the London cycle (2009-13).
This funding is being invested in athletes, support staff and vital services to ensure the whole squad will be in peak condition for the London Games.
Working closely with the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University, UK Sport’s Research and Innovation team have helped to install a multi-camera video capture system, featuring automatic triggering for slow-motion replays at British Gymnastics’ base at Lilleshall, enabling coaches to deliver instant feedback to athletes.
National junior coaches Barry Collie and Nick Ruddock were both selected for UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme in 2011, to enable them to have an enhanced impact in the short term, but also to become the elite coaches of the future.
UK Sport’s National Lottery funded Major Events Programme has supported four gymnastics events since 2007, including the 2010 European Artistic Championships and the 2011 Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham, helping to prepare athletes for the unique home Games environment of the London Olympics.
Looking beyond London 2012, the legacy of gymnastics in the UK has been guaranteed by the successful bid from British Gymnastics, Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and UK Sport, which secured the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships for Glasgow. The event will be staged in Scotland for the first time and will take place at the Commonwealth Games venue, the 12,500 seat Scottish National Arena.
Did You Know?
The GB men’s team became champions of Europe for the very first time in 2012, holding off strong competition from Russia, France and Germany to win the title in Montpellier.
*Accurate as of May 2012
Next major event
World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2015
- 23 October - 1 November 2015
- Funding: Up to £1,050,000