Phoebe Blair wins Young Volunteer of the Year at the British Gymnastics National Awards

Posted on: 23/10/2017

Phoebe Blair (Yr 8 aged 12 years) won a Young Volunteer of the Year at the British Gymnastics National Awards ceremony on Saturday night at Duxford Imperial War Museum. This is a National Award where hundreds of clubs sent nominations in. Debbie Cooper (Lead Coach) from Canterbury Gymnastics nominated Phoebe due to consistent dedication to coaching younger within recreational classes which were based at Canterbury Gymnastics club, but also her coaching really beginner gymnastics at Canterbury Gymnastics Clubs satellite club based in Folkestone, Hawkinge Community. Phoebe supported local gymnastics events last year which saw her choreograph gymnastics routines for several young people to perform within their Christmas shows. Phoebe also led a group of 25 Year 7 students in the trial for the Elite Gymnastics Academy provision at Spires Academy (please find these photos attached). Out of the hundreds of young volunteers who were nominated for National Award she was shortlisted to the final three, a huge achievement in its self. From there Phoebe actually won the award! As you can see form the photos below, the award was called National Young Volunteer of the Year. As you can appreciate winning a National Award is a huge achievement but winning it for something that isn’t performance based but helping inspire young children to achieve in gymnastics makes it very special indeed. This is a huge achievement on a National scale. The photos below show Phoebe collecting her award, they also show her with John Major, Claudio Fragapane, Ellie Downie, Beth Tweddle and Kristian Thomas.

Phoebe currently competes for Canterbury Gymnastics Club and the Spires Elite Gymnastics Academy.

Rae Mattioli, Owner of Canterbury Gymnastics Club said ‘We are so proud of the hard work and dedication Phoebe shows so selflessly. She is truly a special girl who has a bright future ahead of her. We couldn’t be prouder of her’.

Nicky Lewis, Head of Sports Development at Spires Academy said ‘Phoebe continues show her amazing worth to the school and its community. She is a true inspiration to young people and a testament to hard work paying off. We are so proud of her achievements both within her volunteering work and her incredible performances as a skilled gymnastics within the Spires Academy Elite Gymnastics programme.’.


Click on the link below to visit the webpage with the details and highlights of the awards.


Click on the link below to see the write up from British Gymnastics on Phoebe

Written by Kelly Dale

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