Hann and Whitlock honoured with British Gymnastics Awards

South Essex's table at the glitzy awards ceremony in Leicester.
South Essex’s table at the glitzy awards ceremony in Leicester.

SCOTT HANN, Max Whitlock and the South Essex Gymnastics Club were all winners at the 2016 British Gymnastics National Awards at the stunning Leicester Athena venue this month.

SEGC’s Director of Coaching and Great Britain coach Hann was name Outstanding Coach of the Year for producing brilliant international results with his gymnasts at this year’s Olympics.

Hann is the man who helped guide Max Whitlock to double gold at Rio 2016 and also trains his SEGC club-mate Brinn Bevan, who also represented Team GB with distinction in Brazil this summer.

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Scott Hann receives his Outstanding Coach of the Year award from GB’s Men’s Artistic National Head Coach Eddie Van Hoof.

Whitlock was crowned Outstanding Athlete of the Year and also won the John Atkinson Award, which is given to a gymnast who has become a world champion. The South Essex star claimed the world pommel title in Glasgow in 2015.

South Essex Gymnastics Club was also recognised for its Commitment to Elite Performance in the Rio 2016 Cycle. This was given to all clubs which had gymnasts in the British teams competing at the Olympics in Brazil.

Hann said: “It was a great venue and a lovely evening and it was nice to have our chairman Roy Short and some of our trustees there to enjoy the success.

“Max continues to rightly pick up lots of accolades but this one was special because it is recognition from lost of people I really respect in our sport.

“My award meant a great deal to me too, of course, but I felt I collected it on behalf of all coaches who work so hard with their athletes to help them achieve their potential.”