Bangor Gymnastics club have been shortlisted for two awards at The Disability Sport Wales Awards which will be held at the Vale Hotel in Cardiff, on Friday 26th January 2018.

The club have been shortlisted for the Insport Club of the Year which recognises the achievements the club that and that it represents the spirit of the Insport Programme, demonstrating how they have achieved a more inclusive approach to their sport and activities.

The final nominees for the insport Club of the Year Award are:

  • Aberystwyth Basketball Club
    Bangor Gymnastics Club
    Cardiff City Table Tennis Club

Mair Eluned, Director at Bangor Gymnastics Club, has also been shortlisted for the ‘Transforming Lives award’ which celebrates the contribution and achievements of the individual.

Mair was nominated for the award for her continuous efforts to encourage & give children with disabilities more opportunities to take part in Gymnastics by setting up 3 popular inclusive gymnastics sessions and also rebound therapy sessions, an intensive 1:1 technique that comprises the therapeutic use of trampolines to provide opportunities for movement, exercise and recreation for people with additional needs, which will be starting at the club very soon.

In November Bangor Gymnastics Club won the Welsh Gymnastics Club of the Year award at the 2017 Welsh Gymnastics Awards and were also awarded the Welsh Gymnastics Insport Award, a special recognition for offering opportunities to children with disabilities and providing gymnastics sessions for disabled young people within the local community.

The Club were awarded the Gold Insport award last year, the a top disability award given to the club for its inclusive, quality sessions for disabled people within its community and were the first sporting club in Gwynedd to have achieved this standard.

The new gymnastics facility at Llandygai Industrial Estate has enabled the club to grow its membership to over 700 members and has allowed it to facilitate additional disability classes and have Special Educational Needs Schools attend weekly sessions at the club.

At the time of achieving the Gold insport award, Mair Eluned said: “It’s been a long journey to achieve Insport Gold but it’s been worth the hard work to see how far the club has developed, offering more and more disability gymnastic sessions, increasing our membership and ensuring we can offer Gymnastics For All.”

Talking of the first insport Gold club in Gwynedd Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for Gwynedd, Marcus Politis said “I am so proud of Bangor Gym Club. They are by far the biggest provider for meaningful inclusion through the county, they have an excellent programme, excellent volunteers and their facility needs to be seen to be appreciated. Their principles and policies for disabled people are a blue print for all open and disabled sports clubs, not just in Gwynedd, but in the UK ”

DSW Partnership Manager Michelle Daltry Said “Congratulation to all involved with Bangor Gymnastics Club, it is great to see such a successful club embracing inclusivity to ensure that all gymnasts get a positive experience of their sport. This is such a fantastic example of how sport can be welcoming to all, an achievement all coaches and volunteers should be proud of. Thank you to all involved for all your hard work” .

Disability Sport Wales helps disabled people across Wales achieve their dreams through sport. The scheme works with local authorities across Wales to offer over one million sporting opportunities for disabled children and adults, building their fitness, confidence and skills, and building the athletes of the future.