Acrobatic | New FIG Scottish Champions Crowned for 2022
Six acrobatic partnerships were crowned the new national champions at the 2022 Scottish National Acrobatic FIG Championships and Team Competition which was held at Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday 15 October.
It was an exciting day of competition, with over 90 gymnasts vying for medals including gymnasts who had recently returned from representing Scotland at the 5th Budapest International Acrobatic Cup. There were also youth and IDP level partnerships performing routines with their scores counting towards team totals for their clubs.
There was a diverse range of skills on show, including impressive balances, creative choreography and thrilling tumbles and tosses. The day began with a great balance routine from East Kilbride’s IDP1 pair Catriona Paterson and Olivia Lyons who scored 21.475.
Later in the day, they competed their dynamic routine to score a total of 43.608 which was enough for fifth place. In this category, Ailie Slivinkski and Macey Dyer (Kilmarnock) took gold thanks to the high technical score and brilliant artistry in their second routine and a total score of 49.223. Beth Gilroy and Amelia Davidson (Dynamic) took silver with 48.348 and Ellie Montgomery and Lillia Clark (East Kilbride) claimed the bronze.
Congratulations to Kilmarnock’s Holly Sim, Olivia Crawford and Mia Brady who competed to score 46.068 in the IDP1 women’s group category.
The youth categories helped to shape the outcome for the team competition, with two gold medals being awarded to women’s pair Kayla Ballantyne & Arabella Blacklaws and women’s group Georgia Haddow, Jorja Smith and Alana McClymont. Both Acrobay partnership scores contributed to their club claiming the overall team competition title at the end of the day.
Ayrshire’s Ben Rutherford and Leo Massantini also competed in the youth men’s pair category and scored 23.233 for their combined routine.
In the FIG National Championships, Grace Crawford and Ava Curtis from Acrobay took home the 11-16 women’s pair title, with Hamilton’s Rhuari Campbell and Zara Prentice claiming the 11-16 mixed pair trophy.
It was a close competition in the 11-16 women’s group competition, just 1.50 points separating first and second place. It was a podium dominated by Acrobay partnerships, with Budapest gold medallists, Emma Nelson, Scarlett Haldane and Ella Gracie taking the top spot thanks to their phenomenal 27.467 in their balance routine, a new best technical score for the trio. In second place were teammates Rosa Morrison, Poppy Pain and Belle Temple and claiming bronze were Katie Hendry, Hannah Johnston and Ruby Melville.
In the 12-18 women’s pairs category, it was Acrobay partnership Nephele Idehen and Daisy Campbell who beat Dynamic’s Emma Logan and Gemma Russell to the national title. Eve MacFarlane, Nieve Ewart and Ellie Farwell (East Kilbride) became the 12-18 women’s group champions and Dynamic trio Tia Kidd, Karla Hillcoat and Emilie Keenan won the gold in the 13-19 women’s group competition.
Congratulations to the clubs, coaches and gymnasts who competed at the competition, and a huge thank you to the volunteers and technical committee for their contribution and commitment.