Honiton gymnastics coach shortlisted for prestigious accolade

PUBLISHED: 10:30 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 16 May 2017

Helen Reddy, pictured with some of her medal-winning gymnasts.

Helen Reddy, pictured with some of her medal-winning gymnasts.


The winner will be announced at Sandy Park in Exeter this coming June.

She is the local face of gymnastics in Honiton, having been involved in the sport for more than 30 years.

Now, Honiton Gymnastics Club’s coach Helen Reddy could scoop a prestigious award for her contribution in the last year.

Helen Reddy will attend a glittering awards ceremony at Exeter’s Sandy Park in June after she was shortlisted for Coach of the Year in the Devon Sports Awards 2017.

Helen has been recognized by judges for her work at the club and Ivybridge Community College, where she is head of performing arts and runs the gymnastics academy.

After a sporting career as a national-level gymnast, Helen took over the reins at Honiton Gymnastics Club in 2001, along with Emma Smith and Pam Burns – after her coaches left the area.

Since then the club has grown tremendous in size and success, with Helen at the heart of club and coach development.

The club boasts 400 gymnast and more than 30 coaches guided by Helen, who also masterminds the club’s events, including organising the UK’s biggest annual acrobatic gymnastics development competition.

Liz Slater, leisure partnership manager at Plymouth City Council, who nominated Helen for the award, said: “I can think of no better candidate, in my 25 years of sports administration, who deserves this accolade more.

“Helen’s work touches on the lives of a tremendous number of young people through Devon.”

The overall winners of the Devon Sports Awards 2017 will be announced at the event at Sandy Park on June 30, which is hosted by Olympic gold-medal winner James Cracknell.

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