2018 has been yet another sterling year for British sport, but one milestone that crept under the radar recently was British gymnastics’ 130th birthday.

Gymnastics was invented in Germany, by Freidrich Ludwig Jahn, to improve the health and fitness of its soldiers. Jahn developed gymnastic staples the rings, pommel horse, parallel bars and the horizontal bar – and the inaugural meeting of the Amateur Gymnastics Association, (later to become the British Amateur Gymnastics Association and now British Gymnastics) took place in June 1888.

Walter Tysall became Britain’s first gymnastics Olympic medallist in 1908, and it wasn’t long after that that a new form of the sport became popular. Developed in Sweden, a freer, more artistic version emerged – one that often required little or no apparatus and was for both men and women.

Fast forward over a century and British gymnastics is thriving. Participation is up, with the likes Beth Tweddle, Louis Smith and Max Whitlock inspiring new generations of British gymnasts. London 2012 arguably marked the start of a new era for GB gymnastics, and with world stars like the beguiling Simone Biles subsequently enthralling millions across the world, the sport’s exposure has never been so huge.

British Gymnastics keeps driving forward, as it seeks to allow even more people to experience the joy and excitement of a sport that keeps on growing. A sport that takes the breath away, is thrilling to perform and amazes millions across the globe  – and a sport that KUDOS is delighted to support and promote. We are proud to provide kit for a variety of gymnastics clubs across the UK.


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