Posted on 31/03/2021 in Club News
Scottish Gymnastics has appointed Scott Hann MBE to lead the artistic gymnastics national performance programme.
Scott began working with the men’s performance pathway programme in 2015 and has been the national technical advisor since August 2018. He will now lead the women’s programme and support the delivery of additional technical expertise while continuing to provide technical leadership of the men’s programme.
This new approach will see artistic gymnastics share a culture of excellence and positive environment to support gymnasts and coaches on their journeys. National training for both disciplines will take place together under Scott’s leadership which will see elements of training delivered jointly with a focus on gymnasts and coaches working collaboratively.
Scott will mentor and support two new lead coaching roles and together they will design and deliver training programmes to support athletes and personal coaches. He will also provide advice and technical support out with camps to help gymnasts maximise their potential for Birmingham 2022 and beyond, in line with Scottish Gymnastics’ strategic aim of developing gymnasts and coaches to British and world performance levels.
Speaking on his extended role, Scott said:
Scottish gymnastics is an exceptional, forward-thinking organisation with which I am immensely proud to be associated. I am excited to work with a group of amazing coaches, gymnasts, and support staff across both disciplines to continue to raise the standard in all areas, but more importantly, work to unite the two programmes to create a one team, one vision, one goal approach, placing the athletes at the centre of all decisions.
Scottish Gymnastics Chief Executive Doc McKelvey said: “We are delighted that Scott is extending his role with Scottish Gymnastics which allows us consistency in delivering artistic gymnastics.
“The interruption to our activities during Covid-19 gave us an opportunity to look at how our pathway supports both artistic disciplines and build in recommendations from the independent review of our performance programmes.
“This is a pioneering approach because traditionally the disciplines have worked separately, and we believe this collaboration, with Scott’s leadership, will have a positive impact on the athlete performance journey.”
John Campbell, technical committee chair for men’s artistic, said: “Our men’s artistic programmes have benefited from Scott mentoring and technical leadership over the last six years and this is a great opportunity for both disciplines to work together and benefit from his knowledge and expertise.”
Ruth Gibson, technical committee chair for women’s artistic, added:
Scott is an inspiring and motivational coach and the leadership he will bring to both men’s artistic and women’s artistic is an exciting opportunity for artistic gymnastics in Scotland. The approach of both disciplines working more closely will support gymnasts and coaches to maximise their potential and achieve their gymnastics goals.
Scott is the director of coaching for South Essex Gymnastics Club and most notably coach of Olympic and world champion Max Whitlock. He was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to gymnastics.