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Welsh Gymnastics Chief Executive steps down to take new role with The Pony Club

The Chief Executive of Welsh Gymnastics, Rhian Gibson is leaving her post to take on a new exciting role as the Chief Executive of The Pony Club.

Outgoing Welsh Gymnastics Chief Executive Rhian Gibson

Over the last five years, Rhian, with the Board of Welsh Gymnastics(WG) has led a team of staff and volunteers to transform the sport of gymnastics in Wales. Membership of WG has increased to over 25,000. Gymnastics led the Welsh medal haul in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 with an unprecedented 10 medals. The number of clubs has grown from 76 to 99, with a third of those now in dedicated facilities and operating as sustainable businesses, social enterprises and charities. The workforce has significantly grown and strengthened – and WG hold more and better competitions from grassroots to elite.

The governance of the sport is strong with WG being the first sport governing body in Wales to attain the Intermediate Equality Standard and the InSport Silver award for disability inclusivity. WG has succeeded in attracting children from harder to reach communities into the Sport.

Helen Phillips, Chair of Welsh Gymnastics said: “I would like to thank Rhian for her hard work, commitment and passion for our Sport. Through her strong and inclusive leadership WG has experienced significant and historical growth. Her work with the many stakeholders has raised the profile of the Sport and ensured that more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy gymnastics.  Rhian leaves a strong legacy for us to build upon and I wish her well in her new role. “

Rhian Gibson, said: “It has been a privilege to work with such great staff, clubs, volunteers and the board. I would like to thank them all for their role in supporting me in ensuring that Welsh Gymnastics and Gymnastics in Wales has grown and developed into such a strong and popular sport. Over the last 5 years we have seen amazing growth in membership, medals, clubs, coaches and volunteers. Gymnastics and the organization is in a great position and I know will continue to thrive so very exciting times ahead for Gymnastics. I am excited about my new role with The Pony Club and know all my experiences with the gymnastics community will be invaluable in my new challenge”

Welsh Gymnastics board will launch the search for a new executive leader during the coming month, well ahead of Rhian’s departure

For further information please contact Chair, helen.phillips@welshgymnastics.org or telephone 07970052343 for more information.