Awards 2023 | Winners Honoured
City of Glasgow’s disability section was the big winner at the Scottish Gymnastics Awards 2023 sponsored by GymData.
The club won three honours at the annual event on Saturday 4 November which was hosted by broadcaster Arlene Stuart.
The disability section won the new inclusion award which recognises those who make a significant contribution through quality inclusive programmes for under-represented groups. Several coaches were nominated so the judging panel awarded the trophy collectively. Siblings Angela Turner and Nicola Turner and Ramsay Meiklem and Amy Meiklem paid tribute to the whole team of coaches, gymnasts and parents when collecting the award.
Amy Meiklem was back on stage when announced as young coach of the year. Among her accomplishments this year was being selected as assistant coach for the Special Olympics Great Britain team. The icing on the cake was when Amy Clark won the final honour of the evening, senior gymnast of the year. The rhythmic gymnast won medals at her third Special Olympic Summer Games. She pipped her club mates Craig McGarrity and Emma Thomson, who also medalled at the event in Berlin, and former gymnast of the year, Kim Beattie.
It was not only those who have made significant achievements in the past year who were recognised. Four members were honoured for decades of dedication, and were presented with lifetime Achievement Awards. Maggie Bisset, Liz Dandy, Margaret Kerr, and John Wills inspired guests with stories from their long gymnastics journeys.
Scottish Gymnastics chair Brian Ewing OBE spoke passionately about the new gymnastics vision and how this, and the shared gymnastics values, are a pivotal moment for the sport. He also congratulated those who had received British Gymnastics master awards in the past year. Gymnast Dylan Campbell and coach Sam Hendrikson were honoured for international representation in TeamGym, and Melanie Stewart-Wills in double mini-trampoline.
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all the finalists. Thank you to our guests and sponsors for making it such a great celebration of gymnastics!
Scottish Gymnastics Awards winners
Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Morton Fraser MacRoberts
Winner: Lynsey Manson
Runners-up: Rhuari Campbell, John Humphries, Eva Williamson
Inclusion Award sponsored by Production Bureau
Winner: City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club disability section
Official of the Year sponsored by W Denis
Winner: Amanda Boucher
Runners-up: Kirsty Burt, Lynn Simpson
Wellbeing Champion Award sponsored by Grant McGregor
Winner: Charlotte Chambers
Runner-up: Faith Macleod, Jemma Rollo
Spirit of Gymnastics Award sponsored by ClassForKids
Winner: Steven McKinnel
Runners-up: Elaine Muir, Jemma Rollo
Young Coach of the Year sponsored by Gymnova
Winner: Amy Meiklem
Runners-up: Ailie Brown, Dylan Campbell
Community Club Coach of the Year sponsored by Creatomatic
Winner: Jackie Fowler
Runners-up: Alice Boucher, Claire Douglas
Coach of the Year sponsored by AAB People
Winners: Michelle Diniz
Runners-up: Heidi Bavnhøj, Melanie Stewart-Wills
Club of the Year sponsored by Kukri
Winner: Acrobay Gymnastics Trust
Runners-up: Dumfries Y @ Annan, Scotia Trampoline Academy
Junior Gymnast of the Year sponsored by PSB
Winners: Emma Nelson, Scarlett Haldane & Ella Gracie
Runners-up: Sarah Gallacher, Ben Masterton
Senior Gymnast of the Year sponsored by Quatro
Winner: Amy Clark
Runners-up: Kim Beattie, Craig McGarrity, Emma Thomson
Lifetime Achievement Awards