GYMNASTICS: Award for Holly Riseborough

Holly Riseborough with Alan and Hilary Somerville
Holly Riseborough with Alan and Hilary Somerville

Holly joins Nik Stuart Foundation Hall of Fame

Holly has had the great honour of being presented with the Spirit of Gymnastics Award (Female) from the Nik Stuart Foundation and so being inducted into the Foundation’s Hall of Fame. The award ceremony took place at the Manor Hotel in Meriden Coventry.

Nik Stuart was the British men’s gymnastics champion for nine consecutive years from 1956 to 1964. Following his death the founder members of the Foundation decided to continue the Foundation on a more formal basis to preserve Nik’s memory and honour his values and contribution to Gymnastics.

The NSF honours at least six people each year for their contribution to Gymnastics, and this year it honoured and and inducted into the NSF Hall of Fame, a number of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Gymnastics, as well as presenting special awards to Honourees from British Gymnastics and the Oscar Heidenstam Foundation.

The foundation has previously honoured such people as Louis Smith and this year gave the Male Award for the Spirit of Gymnastics to Max Whitlock who unfortunately was unable to collect his award as he was at the World Championships in Antwerp winning a silver medal on the pommel horse. Holly was most disappointed that she could not have her photograph taken with him!

Holly’s award was presented in the company of Alan Sommerville Executive Chairman of British Gymnastics and his wife and other senior figures in Gymnastics.

As regards competitions, Holly did really well returning from the Special Olympics National Games in Bath with 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Holly was part of the West Midlands team who had competitors in 12 sports. It was a successful competition with 1700 athletes competing from 19 regions across the 12 sports and raised the profile of Special Olympics for athletes with learning disabilities, with TV Coverage and appearances by Susan Boyle, Laurie McMenemy and the actor Colin Salmon at the Opening Ceremony. Laurie McMenemy MBE is the President of Special Olympics and presented medals during the four day event.

Holly has also recently competed in the 3rd Down’s Syndrome International Gymnastics Competition in Leicester where she won 5 gold medals in all gymnastic disciplines. Holly currently trains twice a week at Coventry Olympic Gymnastics Club with her dad Peter Riseborough and Viktorija Kozuchova and is hoping to return to the British Disability squad next month when time allows.

In 2015 Holly hopes to participate in the Special Olympics World Games in LA.