Coach’s chance to watch international gymnasts

A COACH from a Nailsea gymnastics club had the chance to watch international gymnasts in action when she volunteered at the London 2012 Olympics.

Carolyn Devereux, a director of Gemini Gymnastics Club in Blackfriars Road, volunteered for 15 days during the London games, working in athlete’s services at the North Greenwich Arena and Soccerdome.

The 43-year-old from Congresbury had the role of ensuring the gymnasts had all the water, ice and towels they needed while training and also resting in the athlete’s lounge. She also made sure the area was kept clean and fully replenished with snacks and drinks.

Before taking on the role, Carolyn worked for two weeks at the Visa International test event at the same venue to ensure she was fully trained for the start of the Olympics.

She said: “Once the training and warm-up halls and the main competition arena were okay I did get a fair amount of downtime to watch the gymnasts training, which for my role as a gymnastic coach, was perfect and totally amazing.

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“It was incredibly exciting to be there and be part of it.”

Since the Olympics began, Gemini Gymnastics Club has received a number of calls from new people hoping to sign their children up for its sessions.

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The club is also hoping to extend its premises to give its members access to a wider range of equipment and allow them to increase their skills.

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