Key GB moments at the Olympic Games
The second Olympic Games are held in Paris. Lloyd Phillips from Newport South Wales takes part along with four other gymnasts, William Pearce from London, William Connor, Broadbec, and Hiatt.
Above – Welsh Gymnast Lloyd Philips at the 1900 Olympics
The Adams’ Shield National team competition takes place for the first time. This is the men’s club championship and is open to all UK clubs. Clubs from Scotland, Ireland, and England competed with Dundee being the winner. The event is held at the new premises of the Dolobran Athletic club whose membership, having grown to 700 members, required a new facility. This is made possible with the help of the Cadbury family. The Friends Institute on Moseley Road in Birmingham is still standing.
Above – The Adams Shield the original before the bands were added
1908 London Olympics
Wallter Tysall (Birmingham Athletic Institute) – SILVER
First Olympic medal for GB. 45 gymnasts listed in the team that came 6th
6th – 15th July
Individual competition included high bar, parallel bars, pommels and rings.
Team GB 23 men Albert Betts, Harry Dickenson, Samuel Hodgetts, Alfred Messenger, Edward Pepper, Charles Vigurs, Samuel Walker, John Whitaker, Sidney Cross, Bernard Wallis Franklin, Edward Potts, Reginald Potts, George Ross, Henry Oberholzer, Charles Simmons, Arthur Southern, Ronald McLean, Charles Luck, Herbert Drury, William McKune, William Tilt, William Cowhig, Leonard Hanson
Men’s Team – BRONZE
1924 Olympics Paris – British Men’s Team competed.
First British Championships held for Women in Swindon.
Women compete for the first time. GB Ladies Team (12 gymnasts) – BRONZE (team event only for women)
Photo shows the GB Men’s Team comprising gymnasts – E. Warren, H.J. Fischett, Gilbert Charles Raynes, W. Cronin, E. Walton, T.B. Parkinson, A.J. Whitford and S. Humphreys.
Team GB compete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Read full report on the 1936 Olympics. Last Olympics before outbreak of World War II.
Photo shows Edna Earl competing on the Uneven Bars.
GB men training at Sutton Coldfield in preparation for Olympics, but in the end, they did not travel.
The Gymnast magazine ceases.
1948 Olympic Games in London – 2 teams represent GB. Much of their training is done in poor conditions including in Hyde Park. German POW Helmut Bantz helps the men’s team with their training. Read the full Olympic report here.
Two full teams selected for the Olympics in Rome. At the last minute, funding is withdrawn for the 2 coaches, Frank Turner and Edna Gross. They pay their own way.
First schoolboys course held at Swaylands Kent.
London, Manchester & Liverpool YMCAs and The London Gym Club ( a total of 65 male gymnasts) perform before the FA Cup at Wembley performing on High bar, 2 vaulting tables and floor work with hand balancing. Date 23rd April.
Los Angeles Olympics – 2 teams of 6 take part. 2 Rhythmic gymnasts take part.
GB Men & Women gymnasts participate in the Alternative Olympics Czechoslovakia. (The Eastern Block Olympics as they boycotted Los Angeles).
British Gymnastics aims to give all disabled people regardless of impairment or ability the chance to participate in every form of the sport. Disability Gymnastics recognised as an official discipline.
John Atkinson appointed Technical Director.
Colin Still becomes full time National Coach for women, a post he had held in an honorary position since 1981.
Lloyd Readhead appointed as National Coach for men.
BAGA celebrates its centenary year with a mass display at Wembley arena.
Seoul Olympics – 2 women and 2 men take part. 1 rhythmic gymnast competes.
Princess Anne opens the new dedicated gym at Lilleshall.
Barcelona Olympic Games – a team of 6 men and 2 women represent GB.
Some male gymnasts are centralized with their training at Lilleshall.
Adrian Stan from Romania is appointed National Coach for women’s artistic gymnastics.
Aerobic Gymnastics introduced in Great Britain.
Sydney Olympic Games – a team of 6 women and 1 man represent GB.
Alan Somerville becomes CEO for British Gymnastics following a variety of General Secretaries. BG finances are in a poor state. Alan Somerville changes this around.
British Gymnastics membership now up to 100,000.
Athens Olympic Games – a team of 6 women represent GB.
Britain announced as host for 2012 Olympic Games. British Gymnastics launches new strategy to host a European or World Championships each 4 year Olympic cycle.
Beijing Olympics – a team of 6 women and 2 men represent GB. 100 years after Walter Tyslall wins a silver medal, Louis Smith wins Britain’s next Olympic medal, winning bronze on pommel horse.
The Junior men’s team wins gold at the European Championships beating Russia.
The Senior British men’s team wins gold at the European Championships.
The Olympic Games is held in London with gymnastics at the North Greenwich Arena. GB men win bronze medal in the team event. This is followed by 3 individual medals, silver and bronze for Louis Smith & Max Whitlock on pommels and Beth Tweddle wining bronze on bars. Behind the scenes, British Gymnastics’ events team run the gymnastics competitions in the North Greenwich Arena (AKA the 02 Arena) and Wembley stadium for the Rhythmic Gymnastics.
British Gymnasts are now more popular than any other time in our history. TV audiences are higher than ever and our top gymnasts achieve recognition off the competition floor
Gymnastics as a sport is more popular and membership numbers exceed 300,000 for the first time
Rio Olympic Games – GBR wins 2 gold medals, Max Whitlock wins floor exercise and pommel horse. Louis Smith wins silver on pommels, Amy Tinkler wins bronze on floor and Nile Wilson wins bronze on high bar. Max wins bronze medal in the all-around. Bryrony Page wins the silver medal on trampoline.
British Gymnastics wins Governing Body of the Year award.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are delayed and take place in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The women’s artistic team won the bronze for the first time since 1928.
Max Whitlock wins gold again on the Pommels making him a 3-time medal winner at three consecutive Olympics on the Pommel Horse.
Bryony Page wins the bronze medal in the women’s trampoline event at the Tokyo Olympics, making her a 2-time Olympic medallist. She also becomes the 2021 World Champion making her the first world champion in this discipline and our most successful trampoline gymnast.
Photos of Bryony Page and Max Whitlock – BG