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  1. Olympic, world and European medal winner Daniel Purvis has today announced his retirement from competitive gymnastics.

    Dan has been a mainstay of the British men’s team for the last decade and was a key member of our historic Olympic bronze medal winning team in 2012. He also won world team silver in 2015 and individual floor bronze in 2010, along with eight European medals and five Commonwealth medals for Team Scotland during a career that helped transform men’s artistic gymnastics.

    He is retiring from competition with ambitions to continue his gymnastics journey through coaching; he is part of the prestigious UK Sport 'Athlete to Coach' Programme and has been working with the GBR Development Squads.

    Dan said: "It’s a surreal feeling retiring. It’s a scary feeling knowing that I won’t be training, competing and doing what I have loved to do for many years.

    "I am certainly going to miss it but on the other hand I have been fortunate enough to start on the elite Athlete to Coach transition programme which I’m really excited about and I’m looking forward to those new gymnastics’ challenges ahead.

    "It’s hard to say just one highlight over the years as there has been so many as an individual and with my teammates, however the one that has to stand out the most for me was the London 2012 bronze team medal. It was always a dream of mine as a little boy to go to the Olympic Games but to come away with a medal was something I never thought would happen; I still get goose bumps to this day thinking about it. It’s been a dream come true. It was an incredible moment and to share that feeling with my team mates was even more special. Achieving this result on home soil with my coach, family and friends there watching was something I will never forget.

    "It’s been a great honour to represent Great Britain and Scotland over many years. I am very proud to have been selected for both teams and to have been a part of so many historic and amazing results."

    Dan will be attending both the Scottish and British Championships giving fans a chance to celebrate his career with him.
  2. olympicrings

    With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics fast approaching the qualifying campaign is well underway to secure those precious Olympic places.

    In artistic gymnastics the process began at the 2018 World Championships with both our men’s and women’s teams safely progressing through to the next team qualifying event in Stuttgart later this year. For our trampoline gymnasts the race to secure Team GB places begins this weekend with the opening World Cup of the year in Baku.

    Olympic qualifying has been overhauled for this cycle with numerous opportunities for both teams and individuals to qualify through a variety or routes from now until next summer. The different options mean that tactics and long-term planning will be crucial.

    For artistic gymnasts the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart in October is the next main opportunities for Olympic hopefuls: at the end of the qualification competition, the nine top nations (excluding the three that qualified from last year’s Worlds) will qualify teams for Tokyo (4 people).  Additionally, the three top gymnasts in each apparatus final in Stuttgart, excluding those from qualified teams, will also book their Olympic spot.

    Individual apparatus specialists have already begun their qualifying journey through the apparatus World Cup series which began in November 2018 and runs to March 2020. The winners on each apparatus – a ranking decided by taking the best three results of each participant in the series – will be Tokyo-bound (on the condition that these gymnasts have not participated in the qualification of their team).

    Further ahead there will be the possibility of gaining extra individual places for the competing countries via the 2020 all-around World Cup series – these will be available to the top three countries in this four-stage series. The final qualifying opportunity will come at the European Championships in spring 2020 when there will be two further individual places at stake.

    For trampoline, half of the qualifying places will be up for grabs when Tokyo hosts the World Championships between 28 November and 1 December 2019, with the eight finalists in the individual competition securing a ticket for their country to the Games (with a maximum of one per country).

    The 2019-2020 World Cups, the first of which is this weekend, also presents another opportunity for the highest-ranked participants in this six-stage series to earn a place for their country, while the European Championships in May 2020 will decide two more individual places up for grabs.

    With so many different Olympic routes and possibilities, the next year promises to be an exciting journey for our Olympic hopefuls. A visit to Japan is also planned for our trampoline, men’s artistic and women’s artistic squads this summer as a simulation camp for Tokyo 2020 and a chance for the three disciplines to familiarise with the holding camp facilities and the city.

    Performance Director James Thomas explains more about how the qualifying could unfold: “The new qualification system is very different and fairly complex, but it does give a number of different opportunities for us over the next 18 months.

    Primarily in artistic gymnastics, we want to target the team qualification route. The World Championships in Stuttgart this year will be an opportunity for us to do that, where we have to finish in the top nine in the team finals which we’re confident we can do as long as we have all of our gymnasts fit, healthy and ready to go.

    After that, we have further opportunities to qualify two extra places. Where we think we’ll get those places will be the all-around World Cup series which starts in 2020 in which our all-around gymnasts will have to compete at four competitions and come top. We know that’ll be tough, as the likes of Russia, China and Japan will be there, but when we think about some of our established seniors and then some of the up and coming gymnasts, it’s going to be very exciting.

    Another opportunity is the 2020 European Championships where we will have to have all-around gymnasts, that haven’t qualified already, finish in the top two. Here we may be looking at some of the exciting emerging talent we have – some of our juniors that are moving up to seniors – that could be a great opportunity for us to qualify a fifth or sixth place.

    For trampolining, the World Cups this year form a key part of Olympic qualification. The first one is coming up in Baku and we’re taking a strong team there, to hopefully make some finals. There’s four World Cups for trampolining this year, so they’ll be looking to that throughout 2019, with the year finishing at the World Championships in Tokyo. That’ll give the gymnasts a chance to compete in Tokyo, in that environment ahead of next year.”


    Upcoming World Cup’s

    14-17 February: Trampoline World Cup, Baku (AZE) - Kat Driscoll, Bryony Page, Laura Gallagher, Luke Strong

    22-24 February: Individual apparatus World Cup, Melbourne (AUS) - Dom Cunningham, Courtney Tulloch

    2-3 March: *All-around World Cup, Greensboro (USA) - James Hall

    16-17 March: *All-around World Cup, Stuttgart (Germany) - Frank Baines

    16-17 March: Individual apparatus World Cup, Baku (AZE) - Dom Cunningham, Courtney Tulloch

    23-24 March: *All-around World Cup Birmingham (UK) - Brinn Bevan, Nile Wilson, Ellie Downie

    22-24 March: Individual apparatus World Cup, Qatar - tbc

    6-7 April: *All-around World Cup, Tokyo (Japan) – Giarnni Regini-Moran

     *Not Olympic qualifying

  3. Mike Darcey Corporate Head Shot resized
    British Gymnastics has announced the appointment of its new Chair, Mike Darcey who will take over from outgoing Chair Matt Neville. Matt is stepping down after eight successful years and having served the maximum term.

    Mike said: "I am delighted to be appointed the next British Gymnastics Chair and to continue the good work of Matt Neville. Gymnastics played a big part of my life growing up in New Zealand and it is exciting to think I am getting back involved at such an exciting time for British Gymnastics. During my tenure, we will be focused on delivering the British Gymnastics strategic plan; striving to meet the participation boom, ensuring sustainable medal-success, being a leading example of good governance and integrity, and tackling the ‘business of sport’. Some big challenges but I can’t wait to get started."

    From 2013 to 2015, Mike was CEO of News International, publishers of the Times, Sunday Times and Sun newspapers. Prior to this, Mike spent 15 years at Sky, initially as Director of Strategy, then as Chief Operating Officer for the last six years. Mike played a prominent role in most of Sky’s major strategic decisions and its commercial and regulatory dealings during this period. This included the acquisition of major sports broadcast rights including the Premier League, Champions League, Formula One and others.

    Mike is currently the Chairman of M247, the private equity owned B2B technology services business, as well as a board director for Sky New Zealand and for Arqiva. Through Tide End Consulting, Mike offers strategic advisory services to international media companies and has also advised on media issues in the UK, Germany, Russia and South Africa.

    Originally from New Zealand, Mike has lived and worked in the UK since 1989. He is married to Julie with two children at university in the UK and the US. He was a competitive gymnast in New Zealand as a teenager, and later a coach and judge.

    Matt Neville said: "It’s been an honour to be the Chair of British Gymnastics and I congratulate Mike on his appointment and wish him well. British Gymnastics has achieved unprecedented success and the sport’s popularity and results across key areas speak for itself. I am proud of the part I’ve played in helping British Gymnastics realise their ambition."

    Mike Darcey officially takes over the position on 14th March after the completion of the 2019 March Board meeting.

  4. The senior men's artistic squad for 2019 has been named, with Adam Tobin, Donnell Osbourne, Jake Jarman, Jamie Lewis and Pavel Karnejenko all making the step up from junior to senior.

    We caught up with Jamie as he visited Lilleshall for the first senior men’s squad training camp of 2019. He’s hoping for a big first year as a senior.

    Full 2019 men’s artistic senior squad
    Frank Baines, Southport
    Brinn Bevan, South Essex
    Hamish Carter, City of Birmingham
    Joe Cemlyn-Jones, Falcons Gym Academy
    Dominick Cunningham, City of Birmingham
    Joe Fraser, City of Birmingham
    James Hall, Pegasus
    Jake Jarman, Huntingdon
    Pavel Karnejenko, Notts Gymnastics Academy
    Jamie Lewis, Woking
    Joshua Nathan, City of Birmingham
    Sam Oldham, Notts Gymnastics Academy
    Donnell Osbourne, City of Birmingham
    Daniel Purvis, Southport
    Giarnni Regini-Moran, Europa
    Jay Thompson, South Essex
    Adam Tobin, Falcons Gym Academy
    Courtney Tulloch, Pegasus
    Max Whitlock, South Essex
    Nile Wilson, Leeds Gymnastics