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Abigail Godsall

Abigail Godsall

Catherine Rowley, the Head Coach and Director of Ynys Môn Gymnastics Club in Holyhead, has been recognised for her outstanding contributions to the community. Nominated for the ‘Community Champion’ award by Virginia Crosbie, MP, Catherine’s dedication to the youth of Ynys Môn earned her a prestigious invitation to 10 Downing Street. At a special event hosted by the RT Hon Damian Hinds MP, Minister of State for Schools, Catherine was personally thanked for her efforts in helping children reach their full potential.

Reflecting on her experience at Downing Street, Catherine said “It was a great honour to be invited to 10 Downing Street by Virginia Crosbie, on behalf of Ynys Môn Gymnastics Club.  The experience was amazing, and I felt incredibly blessed to be there.  The Rt Hon Damian Hinds gave an uplifting speech which was well received.”

At the heart of Ynys Môn Gymnastics Club is Catherine’s unwavering commitment to every child who walks through the club’s doors. Managing the club’s administration and coaching 18 sessions each week, Catherine’s passion for her work shines through. With nearly 500 members ranging from toddlers to teenagers, Catherine knows each child by name and understands their individual goals, family, and their general well-being. If any of the coaching staff have any queries about any child, Catherine is the go-to women for the club. She gives her upmost to ensure each child feels welcomed and accepted at each stage of their gymnastics journey and beyond.

Under Catherine’s leadership, the club has flourished, forging strong community ties and expanding its reach across Anglesey. By hosting sessions in schools, welcoming school groups to the club, and offering inclusive programmes for children with disabilities, Catherine has made gymnastics at Ynys Môn Gymnastics Club accessible to all.

Central to Catherine’s philosophy is the belief that participants are children first, gymnasts second. She encourages children to participate in classes for fun, social development, and fitness, emphasising the importance of balance between sports, family and friendships. Even squad gymnasts training 10 hours a week are encouraged to explore other activities and prioritise their holistic well-being.

In response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Catherine demonstrated her innovative approach by creating a new class tailored to gymnasts who were hesitant to compete again and were thinking about giving up the sport due to their nerves surrounding competing. She created a class where they could still train at a higher level, but without the pressure of competitions. This initiative not only retained athletes in the sport, but also provided them with a supportive environment to continue their training.

Catherine has always aimed to create an inclusive and supportive environment where every child feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential, both on and off the gymnastics mat.

Catherine Rowley’s remarkable dedication to the youth of Ynys Môn embodies the spirit of community and excellence in Welsh Gymnastics. Her unwavering commitment continues to inspire both athletes and coaches alike, leaving a lasting mark on the future of the sport.  

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