|Role:||Head National Coach for the women’s artistic gymnastics programme|
Amanda Jayne Reddin OBE (born 6 June 1965), née Harrison, later Kirby, is a gymnastics coach, and former Olympic gymnast, for Great Britain. Personal coach of many successful gymnasts, including three time world champion and Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle, two time Olympian Hannah Whelan and Olympian Jennifer Pinches. Reddin coached for many years at the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club. She is now the Head National Coach for British Gymnastics.
Kirby began her coaching career in Brighton, but soon moved to Liverpool in 1992 to coach at the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club in Toxteth, Liverpool. Today, Reddin is a qualified FIG Brevet Coach and has coached at four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) and more than ten World Championships.
In 2002, Kirby was named as UK Coach of the Year (a title shared with Alex Stanton, coach to marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe).
In 2004, Kirby was one of the winners in the ‘Manager/Coach’ category of the BBC North West Sports Awards.
In 2006, Kirby was awarded the Mussabini Medal in the UK Coaching Awards.
In 2008, Kirby was nominated for the Unsung Hero award in The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to sport.
In 2007, the Amanda Kirby Trophy was introduced in English Gymnastics (alongside the Beth Tweddle Trophy), in honor of her years of dedicated coaching and for producing a world champion (Beth Tweddle won the 2006 World Championships on the Asymmetric Bars). The award is now given annually to the coach of the gymnast in the senior English gymnastics championships who scores the highest mark on the asymmetric bars.
itish Gymnastics is delighted to announce the appointment of Amanda Reddin to the role of Head National Coach for the women’s artistic gymnastics programme.
Reddin brings a wealth of experience to the role having competed at the 1984 Olympic Games and most notably coached Beth Tweddle MBE to European, World and Olympic success across four cycles. Coming so soon after an outstanding London Olympic campaign, this appointment will see the discipline continue to drive forwards towards Rio 2016.
Jane Allen British Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer said: “In appointing Amanda Reddin as Head National Coach for women’s gymnastics, British Gymnastics is confident she will drive the women’s national programme to the next level and hopefully replicate the fantastic results over the past summer. She has a proven track record for producing national team gymnasts with her Liverpool programme contributing three of the five members of the 2012 Olympic team.”
Tim Jones, British Gymnastics Head of High Performance Sport said: “We are very excited to be able to announce this appointment. Amanda’s knowledge of the system that had been put in place to put our British programme in the top tier of the world is second to none, but she also has a clear vision of the direction we now need to move forward in order to challenge for Olympic medals on a regular basis. I am sure this appointment will be well received within the discipline and we look forward to seeing Amanda making her mark through the course of this coming Olympic cycle.”
Amanda Reddin said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as Head National Coach and I’m excited to take on the challenge of continuing the great legacy left by Adrian Stan. I look forward to building relationships with coaches and gymnasts as we look ahead to European and World Championships in 2013.”
As coach at the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club, Reddin has led the club to multiple British Team’s titles, whilst progressing gymnasts such as Beth Tweddle, Hannah Whelan, Jennifer Pinches, Emma Williams, and Aisling Williams to compete at world level for Great Britain. In 2002 Amanda was named the UK Sports Coach ‘coach of the year’ and she has been a Team GB coach at four Olympic Games.
Reddin will fill the vacancy created as former Technical Director Adrian Stan now moves to his new role of High Performance Coach Development. Reddin will take up her appointment on 1st November with the first task being be to put in place a coaching team that will begin preparations for the 2013 European Championships to be held in Moscow in April.