29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 15: Gymnastics

The Gymnastics 50p coin was designed by Jonathan Olliffe.

Jonathan is a bit of a coin design master, and his design for Aquatics was also a winner. That means we’ve already asked him our three questions…so there’s nothing new to say here.

You can keep in touch with Jonathan through his website

About British Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a sport that displays the absolute peak of human conditioning. The power and agility of the participants is paired with an elegance and poise that takes years of practice to perfect. Having said that, it’s certainly not inaccessible, with all age ranges and abilities being able to join in. Gymnastics is commonly taught in British schools, and as a result we have a fantastic team who have a great chance of success in London 2012.

Here’s the official background from the British Gymnastics website!

One of the world’s first sports governing bodies, BG was founded in 1888 as the British Amateur Gymnastics Association and is a member of the World Governing Body for Gymnastics (FIG), the European Governing Body (UEG), the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR).

Gymnastics is an accessible and inclusive sport offering opportunities to all ability levels and ethnic groups within a range of controlled learning environments. It promotes an active and healthy lifestyle and is recognised as forming the basis for physical literacy by developing fundamental movement skills.

Interest in the sport has never been stronger. Hundreds of thousands of young gymnasts enjoy the sport in the school environment, take part in the recreational sessions offered at many leisure centres, and enjoy membership of British Gymnastics registered clubs that offer a complete development pathway from beginner through to Olympian.

If you would like to get involved, at any level, you should keep in touch through one of the channels below. The popularity is obvious…the British Gymnastics website has more than 33,000 fans!

Please let us know what you think of the coin in the comments below!

Find out more about Gymnastics

Official British Gymnastics website

British Gymnastics on Facebook

British Gymnastics on Twitter

Get the coin to keep!

If you want the keep and collect collector’s pack, you can buy the Gymnastics 50p on the Royal Mint website

If you’re ready to start the hunt for the coin in your change…you can join other London 2012 50p collectors on Facebook and Twitter!

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