Coach Dimmer proves Most Deserving

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Barbara Dimmer has been crowned the UK’s Most Deserving Sports Hero.

The Fareham School of Gymnastics coach landed the top award from the used car classified website

From left, Clare Parker, Barbara Dimmer and Ken Dimmer

From left, Clare Parker, Barbara Dimmer and Ken Dimmer

She took the prize after the public voted for her, from a shortlist of five.

Dimmer works as a volunteer alongside her husband Ken at the impressive Fareham gymnastics club – set up by her daughter Clare Parker.

She received a Vauxhall Zafira and £250 donation to the club – in recognition of her momentous contribution to UK sport.

Dimmer joined Fareham School of Gymnastics when the club opened in 2004.

In 10 years the club has increased from four to more than 400 members and they currently have a 100-strong waiting list of people wishing to attend classes.

Dimmer continues to help young people after beating cancer and overcoming a stroke.

She said: ‘The £250 donation will go towards a new gymnastics facility which we have plans to build on the Fareham Academy grounds, so that we can take on more members from our waiting list.

‘We’ll be adding signage to the car, to help advertise the club in the local region and when performing displays and taking part in competitions.’

Dermot Kelleher, director of marketing and business intelligence at, felt Dimmer was a worthy winner of the prize.

He said: ‘Our Most Deserving awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise the efforts of some outstanding individuals and we’re delighted to able support Barbara and the Fareham School of Gymnastics.

‘Barbara’s passion for teaching gymnastics is clear when talking to her about her coaching career.

‘The interest of those she trains is at the heart of everything she does and we’re thrilled she’s taken the title of Most Deserving Sports Hero.’

Dimmer was nominated by Katy Perry – club and volunteering manager at British Gymnastics.