Bangor Gymnastics coach, Mair Eluned, has won the transforming lives award at the Welsh Disability Sport Awards, while the club also collected the Wales Disability Insport Club of the Year award.
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 a new 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.
Dilys Buckley, senior coach at Bangor Gymnastics Club, said: “Mair is a fantastic coach and the kids all love her, she’s a good friend to have around, if I had to choose a ‘coach buddy’ mine would be her, she’s very cool, calm and collected, all her work and been voluntary and she hasn’t been recognised for it, we felt this was her moment. She has developed the disability sessions in the last three years and we wanted to thank her for doing that by nominating her for the award.”
Mair said: “We started with one lesson, a poster and one gymnast, there’s now three inclusive disability sessions with up to 50 gymnasts attending throughout the week.
“Some of them are so passionate about gymnastics, they keep saying that it’s their life and they want to come twice a week.
“It’s been a really wonderful journey, it’s so rewarding what you can offer children and young adults and just give them that opportunity to take part in a sport that I’m passionate about.”
The Club were awarded the Gold Insport award last year, the top disability award given to the club for its inclusive, quality sessions for disabled people within its community and Bangor Gymnastics 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 the club to facilitate additional disability classes and have Special Educational Needs Schools attend weekly sessions at the club.
The club also won 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.
Mair Eluned collects her award at the Welsh Disability Sport Awards