PENCOEDTRE Village’s Olivia Bryl is to be officially recognised by British Gymnastics at this weekend’s National Awards for her outstanding contribution to gymnastics by the sport’s governing body in the UK.

The gymnast, coach and judge will receive the Award of Merit at the prestigious ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall, which celebrates individuals who have provided an outstanding service to both British Gymnastics and gymnastics at a national level for a minimum of seven years.

Olivia first got involved in the sport as a competitive gymnast, competing for her country at many international competitions, including the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and World Student Games.

After retiring in 2010, she has spent the past eight years coaching the next generation of talent in Wales, particularly in her current role as Junior National Coach.

On top of her coaching responsibilities, Bryl judges in a volunteer capacity. She has travelled the world judging at international competitions, which include three Commonwealth Games, World Cups, World School Games and many other events.

The Award of Merit has been awarded to Olivia for her dedication to developing talent and supporting coaches on this journey to international success.

On receiving the award, Bryl said: “I feel very honoured to receive this award, as gymnastics has always been a huge part of my life from an early age. I have been given so many opportunities and new experiences along the way, which have allowed me to further my knowledge, meet new people, and travel the world. I want to continue helping those young gymnasts, coaches and judges to achieve and experience as much as they can.

“I’m privileged to work in a sport where the people are so passionate and committed, and I am looking forward to seeing the success of British Gymnastics at the Awards Evening.”

Jane Allen, chief executive of British Gymnastics said: “Each year at our National Awards, we delight in recognising and celebrating the achievements of the most inspirational people within our gymnastics community.

“People all over the country dedicate their time to ensuring gymnastics thrives and all those involved have a positive and rewarding experience. Awards given on the night span grass roots, medal success as well as individuals and organisations demonstrating leading practice when it comes to inclusivity, equality and safeguarding.

"I’m thrilled that Olivia has been recognised for her hard work over the years. Without the contribution of members like Olivia, our sport wouldn’t be what it is today.

"It’s important we recognise the extraordinary contribution of these amazing members. They are great heroes of gymnastics and we are very grateful for the contribution they make."