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Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a sport practiced by men and women that requires balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, endurance and control.

From the parallel bars and rings, through to the balance beam and floor exercise, the world's most dedicated gymnasts will be showcasing their elegance, agility, strength and composure at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics are the two Commonwealth Games disciplines. 

Artistic gymnastics is split up into men’s and women’s with different events being contested and rhythmic gymnastics is a competitive event for women. 

In artistic gymnastics, athletes can compete in individual events or in the all-around competition where their scores from each event are added together to find an overall winner.

Gymnastics is often seen as the event not to miss at the Commonwealth Games, with some of the most impressive spectacles.

Rhythmic gymnastics inspires and mesmerises individuals as the athletes perform flawless, free-flowing movements as a part of controlled and elegant routines with ribbon, a ball, clubs and a hoop; a poetic demonstration of strength and determination.

The final apparatus for Nile Wilson, he is the defending high bar champion for the Commonwealth Games at only 18 years old he has wowed the country for the previous four years, but can he bag gold again? 

He lands it, a phenomenal delivery, he kept fighting right until the end to get gold and with the most difficult high bar routine, one of the hardest in the world, and after playing to the audience and showing everyone what he can do, this sensational delivery means he once again goes home with gold.

You might need to know...

The team competition is decided by adding together the scores of four gymnasts
Scores are awarded based on the difficulty of a routine and the execution of that routine as determined by judges in the arena
In women’s artistic, gymnasts compete in four disciplines: floor, uneven bars, vault and beam
Men’s artistic is made up of six events: floor, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar, rings and pommel horse

On the Gold Coast in 2018 Team England topped the medal table with a total of 16 medals including six golds, seven silvers and three bronzes. 

With world-class athletes such as Max Whitlock, Claudia Fragapane, Nile Wilson and Beth Tweddle having represented Team England in previous Games, England remains the nation to beat in the Commonwealth. 

Team England previous gymnastics medals

Max
Whitlock
Gymnastics
Max
Whitlock
Gymnastics
Max
Whitlock
Gymnastics
Nile
Wilson
Gymnastics
Nile
Wilson
Gymnastics
James
Hall
Gymnastics
Max
Whitlock
Gymnastics
Alice
Kinsella
Gymnastics
Lucy
Stanhope
Gymnastics
Kelly
Simm
Gymnastics
Taeja
James
Gymnastics
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Max
Whitlock
Gymnastics
Max
Whitlock
Gymnastics
Nile
Wilson
Gymnastics
Alice
Kinsella
Gymnastics
Kelly
Simm
Gymnastics
Hannah
Martin
Gymnastics
34
Gold
35
Silver
29
Bronze
98
Total

The artistic and rhythmic gymnastic events will take place at Arena Birmingham and it is due to be one of the events everyone should have in their calendar!

Team Leader

James Thomas

James Thomas

With over 15 years of experience working in the UK’s performance sport system in a variety of performance focussed roles in both Olympic and Paralympic sports, James has a vast experience in both elite performance and talent development. 

James is currently the Performance Director at British Gymnastics and leads the World Class Programme, that includes ten different gymnastic disciplines including four Olympic disciplines, fifty funded athletes and a performance staff of fifty-five. The British Gymnastics programme has produced hugely successful results over the last three Olympic cycles and James led the recent Tokyo 2020 qualification campaign that saw Britain’s greatest World Championship results in 2019. 

James is also a member of the Performance Director Strategic Group that aims to support the wider Performance Director community and also serve as a critical friend to system partners including UK Sport, the British Olympic Association and the English Institute of Sport.

James has led teams to successful performances at major championships including Welsh Boxing to multiple medal success at Glasgow 2014 for Team Wales.

James Thomas

Team Leader

Rona Patterson

Rona Patterson

I joined the team at British Gymnastics five years ago covering a maternity post as Head of Education and have been in my current role as England Performance Pathway Manager for the past three years. This involves working across six gymnastics disciplines with 163 gymnasts and the personal and national programme coaches, organising national and international training camps, coach and gymnast education and development opportunities and international competition preparation, selection and team support for the England squads. I have previous experience working at major multi sports events including the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as four years in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and I’m really looking forward to working with the team in the build up to Birmingham 2022.

Rona Patterson
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