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Meet Christine Still: Coach and BBC gymnastics commentator

Joshua Rogers July 29, 2022
Previews - Commonwealth Games
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Fans are loving the gymnastics at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. However, many fans are wondering – who is veteran gymnastics BBC commentator Christine Still? Here’s what we know.

Christine Still is a long-time BBC commentator and gymnastic coach. She was honoured at the British Gymnastics National Awards in 2019 for her outstanding contribution to the sport.

Still has been part of the gymnastics community for over 44 years, and was awarded the Frank Edmonds trophy for her incredible commitment to gymnastics.

More on Christine Still’s career

She originally started her career as a head coach at Loughton Gymnastics Club back in 1972. Now she works as the head coach of the Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club where she has been since 1990.

Still also runs the Elite programme for future Olympians and has coached multiple former Commonwealth, European and Olympic athletes. She has said that coaching brings her the most joy:

“I have been a gymnastic coach all my life. The challenge and rewards have never dimmed for me. The pleasure in helping a child or young adult succeed in achieving something they thought was beyond them is quite special.”

Christine Still has been married to her husband Colin Still for many years. He is currently a national coach at the British Gymnastics Association, where he has worked since 2002.

Which gymnast does Christine Still coach?

Christine Still coaches GB athlete Alice Kinsella alongside Brett Ince at the Park Wrekin Gymnastics Club.

Alice Kinsella qualified for, and is currently competing at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She was previously the European Beam Champion in 2019 and also finished 12th in the World AA final in 2019.

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How long has she been commentating on gymnastics?

Christine Still is a veteran of British Gymnastics and has been commentating on the Olympics for the past six Olympic Games.

She often commentates alongside Matt Baker and Craig Heap, as well as the late Mitch Fenner.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.