Posted on 05/10/2018 in Trampoline & DMT
One of the country’s most respected members has been recognised by gymnastics worldwide governing body.
John Beeton was awarded the FIG Honorary Diploma at the recent Trampoline & Tumbling British Championships in recognition of his distinguished long-term service as an international judge at world level.
The criteria for the FIG Honorary Diploma is an unblemished coaching record, possession of at least five FIG brevets and participation as a judge at a minimum of eight FIG competitions including Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup finals.
Since beginning work with the Scottish Trampoline Association in 1978, John has been instrumental in not only the development of Scottish and British but also world trampolining. He has also been head of delegation at 32 world cups, team manager at 11 European and world championships and received 11 other high-profile awards during this time. He is an honorary life member of Scottish Gymnastics as well as a recipient of their lifetime achievement award and was presented with the Frank Edmonds trophy by British Gymnastics.
Speaking about the accolade of being the first person in trampoline sports in Britain to have received the award, John told us: “It is obviously a great honour to be awarded this prestigious award by the sport’s governing body and I was absolutely thrilled to receive it.
“I have judged at the top of the sport over the past 34 years and recognised for my achievements on receiving numerous awards during this, but can honestly say to have been recognised by the International Gymnastics Federation with this award was a great surprise but much appreciated.
“I have been supported over the years by The Scottish Trampoline Association, Scottish Gymnastics and British Gymnastics who have all played a major role in financially supporting myself to attend the various world events and I appreciate all that each has done. This award would not have been achieved without their support.”
Picture: John receiving his lifetime achievement award in 2016