East Midlands Awards Dinner
29th September 2002

by Janet Hunter

Sam's most recent memory of an awards evening was sitting around for hours, clapping constantly and finishing the evening with curled up sandwiches and a few crisps! I am pleased to say that the East Midlands Awards evening, on 29th September, at the Quality Hotel, Loughborough, was nothing like that.

At this very pleasant venue, officials from British Gymnastics, gymnasts, coaches, parents and volunteers gathered from clubs around the region to acknowledge, celebrate and thank people for their achievements and efforts within the world of gymnastics. The event was long overdue in my opinion.

The food was well presented and plentiful although I must admit that Notts School of Gymnastics were slightly worried when we realised we would be nearly last to be invited to the buffet table! We need not have worried! After the buffet the awards commenced which had the right balance between the necessary formalities and a friendly atmosphere.

Lee Finlay and Robert Winch were awarded a Master Gymnast 2 award.

Nathan Dunstan, Max Shearwood, Sam Hunter, Jake Houtby, Chris Hipkiss and Reece Pearson were awarded the Master Gymnast 3 award.

Franz Doleschal received the silver merit award for voluntary services and Barry Winch the Gold merit for coaching.

With so many of our gymnasts awarded for their high standard of gymnastics Barry and Notts School of Gymnastics have every reason to be very proud. Each recipient had a photograph taken with certificate and Official to remember the event - nice touch.

Building relationships within our club and between other clubs in the region can only be a good thing and this evening was an excellent way of doing this. I hope that this will become a regular event on our gymnastic calendar and as our young gymnasts progress under the skill of our coaches we will see many more boys awarded in the future.

Our thanks have been sent to Glenys Derry who organised the event, and congratulations once again to all our recipients.