Acrobatic

Posted on 20/05/2022 in Acrobatic

Acrobatic | NDP Regional Final Medals for Scottish Gymnasts

Scottish acrobatic partnerships from six clubs secured a total of ten medals at the Acrobatic NDP, Youth and IDP British Finals in Stoke on 14 and 15 May.  

The impressive medal haul included three gold and four bronze at NDP level, two gold in the youth categories and a silver at IDP level. 

Selection for the event was based on results at the Scottish National Acrobatic NDP Championships at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth on 5 and 6 March. Gymnasts competed to represent both their clubs, and the Scotland region, with medals awarded in each of the categories, for both dynamic and balance, or combined routines.  

At NDP grade one, it was a close competition with the women’s pair from Acrobay, Leona Williamson and Khloe Cameron winning the gold medal with a score of 27.35, beating the pair representing the North-West region by just 0.10 points.  

At grade two, it was bronze for the women’s pair and group from Acrobay. Lillie MacKean and Lauren Whitfield finished with a score of 27.75, and Neave Burns, Zofia Jurkiewicz & Isla Paton on 26.90. 

There was a gold medal for Imara Beattie and Ruby Melville (Acrobay) at grade three who shared the top score with Martsenko/Wells from London. It all came down to the artistry score, putting the Scots pair 0.10 ahead to secure the top podium place.  

There were bronze medals for the City of Glasgow grade four mixed pair, Aiden O’Connor and Millie Kennedy (26.25) and Acrobay’s Eilidh Park, Emma Burns and Tayla Pettiglio in the grade four women’s group competition (26.55). 

Acrobay women’s pair Darcey Coulston and Skye Archibald whose scores of 26.450 for balance and 25.50 for dynamic routines gave them a clear 1.05 point lead on the competition and enough for the gold 

Ben Rutherford and Leo Massantini (Ayrshire) finished seventh in the men’s pair at grade three, and Georgia Haddow, Jorja Smith and Ellie Murray (Acrobay) came fifth in the grade three women’s group competition. Isla Mayor and Ruby Cunningham (Acrobay) placed seventh in the grade four women’s pair final and Isla Gould, Ffion Smith and Mlin Begg (Acrobay) whose combined score of 50.90 earned them fifth place.  

At youth level, it was a golden day for Dynamic’s Neive Grant and Amelia Davidson, who came out on top with a score of 26.50 as well as East Kilbride trio, Jennifer Brownlie, Sophie Dolan and Sunny Pham who finished with 26.05 

Finally, at IDP level one – it was a silver medal for Kilmarnock women’s pair, Ailie Slivinski & Macey Dayer who were just 0.15 point behind the leaders McNicholas/Mills representing the North West. 

Wendy Purdie, Scottish Gymnastics performance manager said: “The results achieved at the NDP Regional finals are fantastic for the all the gymnasts and their personal coaches. All the partnerships’ results that were part of the Scottish region’s team are testament to the hard work being carried out by the gymnasts and their coaches in their own club every week."

Every partnership that was selected for this event should recognise it as a great achievement and congratulations to the partnerships that managed to achieve a podium finish.

Congratulations to the medallists and well done to the all the partnerships, coaches and clubs who competed for the Scottish region. 

You can view the full results from the competition on the British Gymnastics website.  

> NDP, Youth & IDP Regional Finals Results 

> Acrobatic Performance Programmes 

> Acrobatic Competition Results (Scotland) 

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Posted on 14/04/2022 in Rhythmic

Scottish Gymnastics completes UK Anti-Doping Assurance Framework

Scottish Gymnastics is one of the first sport governing bodies in Scotland to become fully compliant with the UK National Anti-Doping Policy by completing the Assurance Framework. 

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) introduced the framework in 2021 to make sure governing bodies (NGBs) physically evidence their compliance with the policy and the World Anti-Doping Code.  

Scottish Gymnastics demonstrated actions taken to complete a series of mandatory requirements. These include creating an education strategy and plan, implementing anti-doping rules and increasing the board’s involvement in clean sport. 

Head of performance and events, Sam Hendrikson said: “We have worked hard to fulfil our commitments and make sure we are complying fully with the UKAD policy."

“We are already rolling out our education programme to athletes, coaches, parents and carers in our performance programmes. Our communications plan has monthly messages and links on social media, e-news and in events programmes to help everyone learn more about anti-doping. We have made it easier to find all the information and necessary UKAD resources on the clean sport page of our website. 

The Scottish Gymnastics clean sport policy applies to all members regardless of their role and level of gymnastics, and it is important that everyone is aware of their responsibilities.

UKAD’s director of legal and regulatory affairs, Nisha Dutt said: “We are delighted to see Scottish Gymnastics completing the new UKAD Assurance Framework. The Assurance Framework allows NGBs to demonstrate their plans to help protect the integrity of sport. Our dedicated assurance and education teams have been working to support Scottish Gymnastics through this process. This includes the creation of a specific anti-doping education strategy, which outlines how they will embed clean sport values into their sport." 

We would like to thank Scottish Gymnastics for making great strides in completing this important framework, formally demonstrating their compliance with the UK National Anti-Doping Policy and their commitment to clean sport.

> Find out more information about Scottish Gymnastics clean sport policy

> Find out more about the UKAD policy and assurance framework 

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Posted on 01/04/2022 in Rhythmic

Gymfest | Tickets On Sale Now

Gymfest is back for 2022! Tickets are now on sale for Gymfest, this year being held at P&J Live in Aberdeen on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May.

Gymfest is one of the UK’s top non-competitive gymnastics display festivals and one of the most popular events on the Scottish Gymnastics calendar. It was first held almost 40 years ago to promote gymnastics for all, regardless of age, gender, race and ability – and this year, we’re excited to bring the event back. 

> Buy Tickets

Returning to Aberdeen for the first time since 2018, more than 850 gymnasts in 40 teams from across the UK will be showcasing their skills with their dynamic and colourful routines in four show sessions over the weekend. 

Each routine is a unique blend of gymnastic skills, exciting costumes and clever choreography set to music, inspired this year by popular artists, musicals and topical issues such as climate change and working from home. It’s a great way for clubs from across the country to highlight what they do best, and inspire us with brilliant gymnastics! 

It’s an event you don’t want to miss, and we know tickets will sell fast! We recommend you buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment and missing out on this amazing celebration of gymnastics. If you want to see a particular performance, please make sure you book the correct show as shown in the schedule below. Tickets are non-refundable at the time of purchase. Please make sure you have read the spectator information before booking. 

You can view more important venue and event information on our website. 

> Spectator Information
> Schedule

Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May

Performances 9:30am – 12:30pm and 2pm -5pm*
Adult tickets (per session) – £12.00 
Concession tickets – ages 3 to 15 inclusive, 60 and over – £10.00
Toddler tickets – ages 0 to 2 inclusive – free (but you will need to book)

Please contact gymfest@scottishgymnastics.org if you have any disability requirements.
* the above times are approximate - please note that tickets are non-refundable

Not sure what Gymfest is all about? You can watch the fantastic performances from Gymfest 2019 in our dedicated playlist on our YouTube channel:

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Posted on 23/02/2022 in Acrobatic

Acrobatic | Acrobay Partnerships Selected for International Acro Cup

Two acrobatic partnerships from Acrobay have been selected to represent Great Britain at the International Acrobatic Cup in Rzeszow, Poland in June.

Following a strong performance at British Gymnastics acrobatic events in 2021, gymnasts Nephele Idahen and Daisy Campbell were recently selected as non-travelling reserves for the Acrobatic World Age Group Competition which will be held in Baku from 03-06 March.

As part of the selection, they were both automatically invited to compete at the International Acrobatic Cup – and following a second place finish at the recent Pat Wade Acrobatic Classic in the 12-18 women’s pair competition, they secured their spot on the GB team. They also went on to win the silver medal in the dynamic and combined overall competition at this year’s Spelthorne Acro Cup.

Competing alongside them at the event will be Acrobay teammates Grace Crawford and Ava Curtis who ensured their place in the team after winning the gold medal in the 11-16 women’s pair competition at the Pat Wade Classic.

Both partnerships were selected onto Scottish Gymnastics performance programmes last year, with Nephele and Daisy part of the National Performance Programme. Ava and Grace are part of the Performance Pathway Programme, and their recent success highlights the value of the training and support given from attending our camps.

The International Acrobatic Cup will take place between 28-29 May, with the age group competition taking place between 1 to 6 June and we look forward to following the gymnasts as they prepare to represent their club and country at the event. They will be joined by coach Suzanne Fraser who will be supporting the team.  

Wendy Purdie, Scottish Gymnastics performance manager said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for the gymnasts to compete for the first time at an international competition. It will be a great chance to experience the atmosphere of the competition as part of a GB delegation.

We, along with everyone at Scottish Gymnastics will be supporting the partnerships at the event, and wish them all the best in their training.

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Posted on 24/11/2021 in Acrobatic

Gill Macdonald & Pat Reith

Scottish Gymnastics is saddened to hear of the death of two long-standing members.

Gill Macdonald and Pat Reith were highly respected within the acrobatic community and were made honorary life members of Scottish Gymnastics for their significant contribution to the sport in this country.

Our thoughts are with Gill’s and Pat’s families and friends.

Our thanks to their friends for kindly sharing their personal tributes with us.

Gillian Macdonald

Claire McLauchlan
Former gymnast and fellow coach
Gill founded Bishopbriggs Acro in 1983 and remained coaching at the club into her 70s. After stepping back from coaching, Gill retained a keen interest in the club’s progress and competition results.

Gill was a proud coach of countless gymnasts over the years, and she was also an encouraging mentor to many gymnasts who progressed to become coaches. Gill devoted so much of her time to the sport not only through coaching, but also judging regularly and volunteering on technical panels over the years. There is absolutely no doubt that the sport of acro gymnastics in Scotland benefitted hugely from Gill’s contribution, particularly in the early years.

At the club, we count ourselves lucky to have learned from Gill and it is important to us all to continue her legacy of nurturing talent and making gymnastics accessible to everyone. We, like Gill, firmly believe in the importance of sport and our passion for gymnastics will ensure the club continues to succeed in the same way that it did under the guidance of “Mrs Mac”.

Pat Reith

Lorna Beattie
Former gymnast and fellow coach 
Pat was inspirational in the biggest sense of the word, a true legend of a lady. She touched the lives of hundreds if not thousands of young people in her time as a coach and teacher, working tirelessly to help and support them. Pat’s excellent knowledge of the sport combined with her amazing ability to build positive relationships with young people made her one of the very best in the sport. 

I was lucky enough to have been coached by Pat as a gymnast, then mentored by her as a young coach and finally to have coached alongside her as a more senior coach. I will be forever grateful for what she taught me. 

I share a love of not only gymnastics but also art with Pat and am proud to have her work displayed in my home. It’s thanks to Pat that I now work as a teacher and strive to help young people every day just like she did. A small lady with a large personality, a force of nature and a heart of pure gold. Pat will never be forgotten. 

Leanne Newlands
Former gymnast 
Pat Reith was my coach for 12 years at Maryhill Mercury, her first club. She was a fantastic coach, took no nonsense, looked after us all in the gym and also out of it too. 

She was such a huge part of my childhood and young adult life. I honestly feel she shaped me as a person with the dedication and discipline through gymnastics. 

I’m so sad to hear of Pat’s passing. She will be a massive loss to Scottish Gymnastics, her family and everyone that’s known her. I’ve included a photo from the 1996 British Championship that she was so proud to have taken myself and Caroline Davidson to.

Debbie Stewart (Hall)
Former gymnast and fellow coach
Although Mrs Reith was small woman she was a force to be reckoned with. From the age of 10 when she was my coach in four-piece gymnastics at The Allander Sports Centre, where she terrified the life out of me, to then taking myself and Angie to Maryhill Mercury at the age of 12, by which point I knew she wasn't quite as terrifying as I thought, she was a massive part of my life.

Throughout my childhood I spent all of my spare time at gymnastics where Mrs Reith imparted her vast knowledge, allowing me to achieve my coaching qualifications and I then supported with coaching the younger gymnasts. She also helped me attain my judging qualifications as she was also an excellent judge and would regularly juggle coaching and judging at competitions.

She also had a great sense of humour and on trips down south to the British Champs she would give a rendition of 'Patricia the stripper' on the bus to everyone's amusement. When I saw her at her 80th Birthday I couldn't believe she looked almost exactly as she did when I was a kid.

In short she was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to gymnastics and achieved so much. She was such an inspiration to so many people - she will be greatly missed.

Angela Molloy (Macdonald) 
Former gymnast

What a woman! I first had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Reith at Drumchapel Gymnastics Club (four piece), she was one of the head coaches, I was in a beginners' group.  To be honest , I looked up to those top gymnasts and wanted to be in that group, with the wee woman with a huge voice, scary but definitely driven! 

She also coached at Allander and asked if I wanted to move there, I was thrilled she had noticed me, so from Dumchapel to Bearsden, I moved up in the world.  Spent a bit of time there, before she told me about Sports Acro at Maryhill Mercury, no idea what it was but was determined if she was there I wanted to be there too. 

Maryhill Mercury was a huge part of my life,  I made many new friends which I still keep in touch with now.  Mrs Reith was a hard task master, I am so thankful for that as I don't think I would have been the gymnast I became getting the opportunity to compete in Scottish & British Championships and also selected for Scotland.  Mrs Reith spotted potential in so many young people, gave me the opportunity to travel throughout the UK and I was also supported to compete abroad in Vienna and Budapest. 

She spent endless nights in the gym and gave up her weekend to support gymnasts to develop not only their gymnastic skills but encourage them to volunteer and become coaches and judges.  She even got my mum involved. Her understanding of families who attended the gym, who maybe didn't have money for fees or new leotards, we never went without.  One question I wish I could ask Mrs Reith, "who picked our purple and red leotard?" It was awful. 

Mrs Reith has been so influential in my life, I believe the type of work I am involved in now is down to her leadership skills.  She instilled a belief in me that anything can be achieved with the right attitude and commitment, she definitely proved that when Maryhill Mercury was very well represented in many a Scotland squad.  Thanks for everything.

 

 

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Posted on 24/11/2021 in Rhythmic

Leadership | Adam MacLeod from City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club

Adam has recently completed the Scottish Gymnastics Leadership Award alongside other young leaders from the City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club. He shared his thoughts about the award, and how it’s helped build his confidence.

Adam decided to take part in the course as he would like to become a coach in the future, and thought that learning the skills as part of the leadership award would be beneficial for his own development and also for future job opportunities.

He enjoyed learning about how to set achievable goals, and give better, more constructive feedback. By applying this to his own performance as an NDP level trampoline and DMT gymnast – Adam said that he will be able to understand where he can improve, and take time to learn about how other people in his club work and develop too.

Adam’s mum, Lynn said that after he completed the leadership award – Adam was more confident and started to put himself forward for other club activities that were going on, that he normally wouldn’t have taken part in.

It was a great opportunity for him to learn about the different ways of learning from people, and he shared his experience with us – comparing his new leadership knowledge to examples from my work.

Adam said that he learned a lot, and that he will be able to take what he learnt and apply it to the other sports he does, as well as any future team work. Adam would highly recommend the leadership award to other members of his club, and any other gymnasts who might be interested in taking their sporting career forward with coaching.


The Scottish Gymnastics Leadership Award is accredited by Sports Leaders and consists of four modules focusing on the basic skills a leader needs to lead others in any sport or activity.

Normally, the course is delivered within a gymnastics context, face to face over two days of workshops. The content has been altered in response to COVID-19 and is now offered online through zoom with only one session that is practical in the gym, although we are now hosting face to face sessions with clubs again.

If you or your club are interested in taking part in a future Leadership Award, you should contact Jacqui Stone on jacqui.stone@scottishgymnastics.org

You can ready more about our leadership pathway by visiting the below pages.

> Leadership Award
> Leadership Pathway
> Leadership Stories

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Posted on 17/11/2021 in Acrobatic

Acrobatic | British Championships and NDP/IDP Regional Final Success

Acrobatic gymnast partnerships and groups from four Scottish clubs competed at the Acrobatic British Championships and NDP/IDP regional team final event over the weekend at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex. 

Following a qualification event held at Avondale in October – the selected gymnasts travelled down to the regional final event to represent the Scotland region across the three days of competition. 

Senior gymnasts pairings and groups also had the chance to compete at this year’s British Championship event. We would like to congratulate the gymnasts for their performances across the weekend – with a total of 13 medals being awarded to gymnasts from Scotland. 

In the NDP/IDP regional final competition, gymnasts competed in the following categories:
- Women’s Pair – Grades 2-5 
- Women’s Pair – IDP Level 1
- Women’s Pair – Youth
- Men’s Group – Grade 3
- Women’s Group – Grades 2-5
- Women’s Group – IDP Level 1
- Women’s Group – Youth

In the women’s pair competition – there were strong results for gymnasts representing the region. There were silver medals for the grade three pair, Imara Beattie and Ruby Melville (Acrobay), Kilmarnock pair Ailie Silvinski and Macey Dayer at grade five and also a joint silver medal for Abi McMilan and Zara Wilkosz (East Kilbride) at youth level. 

Isla Mayor and Ruby Cunningham narrowly missed out on a medal by 0.093 in the women’s pair grade four contest. You can find information about the gymnasts who competed at the other levels in the full results on the British Gymnastics website. In the men’s competition, the group representing the Scotland region in the grade three took the top placing – beating their qualification score by 0.097. Well done to Matthew Sinclair, Adam Broadbent, Dylan Wilson and Callum Fletcher (Acrobay).

When it came to the group competition – we saw success from across the levels. There was a silver medal for grade three women’s group from Acrobay, Poppy Campbell, Clara and Elise Joyce. The Scottish regional team also took home two bronze medals with the grade two group for Mya Hastie, Freya and Pippa Lee (Kilmarnock) and the youth group, Poppy Pain, Rosa Morrison and Belle Temple (Acrobay). 

We congratulate the following gymnasts for competing at the competition: Claire Marshall, Eleanor Breach & Neive Sinclair, Isla Gould, Malin Begg & Ffion Smith (Acrobay) – Lauren Mulgrew, Ruby MacNab & Jessica Dickson (Linlithgow).

There were more medals up for grabs in the Acrobatic British Championships contest on the Sunday – with gymnasts from East Kilbride and Dynamic Gymnastics Academy vying for medals.

Scottish pairings took all three podium places in the women’s pair (12-19) category with Anna Tearney and Maia Watt (East Kilbride) winning gold, Hayleigh Patterson and Gemma Russel (Dynamic) taking silver, and Alex Brew and Maisy Lynn securing bronze. 

There were top placings in the women’s group (12-19) category too, with East Kilbride’s Neive Ewart, Darcey Irvine & Eve MacFarlane claiming the gold medal, and Dynamic’s Tia Kidd, Emma McConnell & Amy Miller taking second place, just 0.53 point behind. 

Emma Logan and Isla Russell from Dynamic won their category – securing a gold medal in the women’s pair (11-17) contest. 

A huge well done to all the gymnasts and their coaches who competed at the event. You can find more information and full results on the British Gymnastics website. 

> Acrobatic British Championships and NDP/IDP Regional Team Final Results
> View previous Scottish Acrobatic competition results
> Find out more about acrobatic gymnastics

Image: ©British Gymnastics

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Posted on 01/11/2021 in Rhythmic

2021 Recognition Awards

Nominations are open for our 2021 Recognition Awards sponsored by GymData which recognise our members’ commitment, passion, and achievement.

We want to celebrate the people in our sport who make our gymnastics community what it is. Tell us your stories of the positive achievements made by someone you know, or by your club between 1 December 2020 and 31 October 2021. 

We will showcase our winners on social media in December so everyone can see the amazing work and achievement from across the country. There may be more than one person celebrated in each category.

Scottish Gymnastics CEO Doc McKelvey said: “Our members across the Scottish Gymnastics community have shown strength and resilience in responding to the challenges of the last year. They have worked to ensure our sport continued when gyms were closed, and help it thrive when restrictions eased and full activities returned. 

“We are delighted that GymData is sponsoring the #21Awards. GymData provide live scoring at our events and we appreciate Robert and his team’s support in celebrating the gymnastics community.”

GymData’s unique scoring system allows judges enter results electronically which makes them ideal for publishing and means spectators can view scores as they happen.

Gymdata's founder and owner Robert Stockwell added: “We have supported the Scottish Gymnastics awards in previous years and we are delighted to be the #21Awards main sponsor. It is so important to recognise those who have not been daunted by the challenges of these times but continued to demonstrate their commitment and passion for the sport.  Whilst everyone has missed live spectator events during the pandemic we remain optimistic for the future. Good Luck to all the nominees”

We want to hear about gymnasts, coaches, judges, safeguarding officers, club officials, administrators, helpers, volunteers, clubs and all the people who make gymnastics activities and events possible.

All you need to do is click the link below your chosen category which will take you to a nomination form. Please complete the form and attach pictures to highlight the achievement. We are looking for
•  a clear photo of the person/persons you are nominating
•  any photos which show the activity they were involved in or show their success

We look forward to receiving and sharing your stories. Nominations close at 9am on Friday 19 November so don’t miss out!

The categories are:

Gymnastics success
Has a gymnast, coach or judge you know achieved success at British or international level this year? Tell us about their work and dedication which led to their achievement.
> Nominate gymnastics success

Gymnastics growth
Has a gymnast, coach or judge shown commitment to their growth in the sport this year? This award recognises members who have an unshakable commitment and drive to improve their learning and development.
> Nominate gymnastics growth

Gymnastics engagement
Has anyone in your club gone above and beyond in engaging participants in gymnastics this year? Tell us about the ways in which they create a positive and fun environment for gymnasts to enjoy the sport.
> Nominate gymnastics engagement

Wellbeing champion
Has anyone you know gone above and beyond in helping members’ mental health and wellbeing? This could have been organising activities to help members when gyms were closed, or through their positive actions in keeping people safe and having fun in gymnastics in their role in the club, such as a coach or safeguarding officer.
> Nominate wellbeing champion

Vital volunteer
Has anyone you know gone above and beyond in their voluntary role in gymnastics this year? This could include working at events, fundraising, or being part of a club or technical committee, for instance. Tell us about their commitment and the impact they have on the sport.
> Nominate vital volunteer

Community impact
Has your club or anyone in your club gone above and beyond to help the wider community? They may have been involved in fundraising or helping others beyond your club, such as running Love to Move classes. Tell us about their compassion, leadership or skills which make a positive impact on their community.
> Nominate community impact

Club success
Has your club achieved a significant success this year? Your club may have moved to a new facility or made improvements, improved its organisation and structure, grown its membership or perhaps shown a commitment to customer service or developing members. We want to hear why your club should be recognised.
> Nominate club success

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Posted on 13/10/2021 in Rhythmic

Coaching Achievements Celebrated with Three National Awards

Gymnastics was well represented at this year’s UK Coaching Hero Awards with six out of the 25 overall awards presented to gymnastics coaches from Scotland and Wales at the ceremony in Leeds on 6 October.

Three gymnastics coaches from across Scotland were recognised and celebrated for their commitment to gymnastics – and their ability to innovate and keep gymnasts engaged with sport over the difficult lockdown period.

From 500 public nominations, a long list of 75 coaches from 65 different places around the UK and representing nearly 40 sports and activities were chosen for public vote. During UK Coaching Week 2021, people were able to vote for their favourite coach and over 65,000 votes were cast in the ballot to decide the overall winners.

At the ceremony, Amy Chambers from Meadowbank, Greg Roberston from Kilmarnock Acrobatic and Megan Bennington from Stewartry were presented with an award by HRH The Princess Royal.

Emma Atkins, director of coaching at UK Coaching said:

Many congratulations to all our winners. We applaud your efforts and the role you played in your communities, boosting morale and lifting people’s moods in a completely alienating time.

“Helping people to use sport and physical activity positively through challenging times is a privilege and one which carries huge responsibilities, and you took your duties seriously, using your initiative to create solutions to the embargo on most sport and physical activity – looking always to what was possible – thank you”

After receiving her award, we spoke to Megan Bennington who added:

When I found out I had won I was in complete shock. I felt very emotional and so honoured. Even to be nominated was fantastic, so to be announced as a winner was truly incredible!

“I think setting up Zoom sessions were a necessity for that next level of contact. We ran weekly challenges and I set up a YouTube channel and it was great to get photos and videos sent in from the gymnasts and their families, but the Zoom sessions offered a better connection. Talking to someone face to face, in real time was a great way to check in with people and had such a positive impact on everyone’s mental health.”

In addition to the creative Zoom sessions from each of the awarded coaches which impressed the judges – there were other great innovations that lead to them being chosen as winners.

Despite being in her final year of her teaching degree, Amy Chambers took the time to focus on her gymnasts’ physical strength training and created a programme of activities which were essential to staying positive and connected.

Greg Robertson encouraged parents to get involved in their gymnasts’ virtual sessions – showing the hard work and time it takes to maintain great fitness through the lockdowns. He also arranged outdoor activities and challenges that encouraged gymnasts to connect with nature when they couldn’t train in the gym.

Scottish Gymnastics CEO, Doc McKelvey said, "It is a fantastic achievement to see three of our Scottish coaches being rewarded for their hard work, after so many stepped up to support gymnasts and clubs over the last 18 months. We extend our congratulations to each of the coaches and hope their awards inspire others to continue to innovate and bring new ideas to drive our sport forward." 

You can find out more information about the ceremony and the profiles for each of the winners by visiting the UK Coaching website.

> About UK Coaching
> UK Coaching Hero Awards Winners 2021
> UK Coaching Awards 2021 Information

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Posted on 06/10/2021 in Acrobatic

Acrobatic | NDP Qualifier & FIG Open

Acrobatic partnerships returned to competition for the first time this year as Scottish Gymnastics hosted our NDP qualifier and FIG Open event at Avondale Gymnastics Club on Saturday 2 October.

A total of 81 pairs and groups from five clubs with their range of balance, dynamic and combined routines, competed across age group and grade skill levels.

It was particularly difficult for acrobatic gymnastics during the Covid-19 pandemic because of the nature of discipline. Partnerships were not able to train together for several months due to distancing restrictions. Despite the challenges, there were solid performances and close competition across categories.

Andy Youl, chair of the Scottish acrobatic technical committee said: “It was great being back together in a competition setting, even if it wasn’t quite how we would normally do things. I wasn’t sure how splitting the day into the four separate sessions and asking parents and gymnasts to leave after each session would work, but it all worked really well. There was a great friendly feel to the competition that was really nice to see.”

“The technical committee were really pleased with how smoothly the event ran. You could see that there was still an element of nervousness with some gymnasts, and this was reflected in some of the performances. For some gymnasts this was their very first competition ever, and for some it was their first competition in a new partnership. This may have affected some of the partnerships, but overall the gymnasts did an amazing job, despite not being in the gym and having the usual length of preparation for a competition.”

“Ahead of our next competition in December, it will be great to see more clubs taking part in the future events. Unfortunately not all clubs were at a state of preparedness to allow them to take part in this weekend’s competition. We are looking forward to seeing more clubs next time.”

Congratulations to the gymnasts who won a medal at the event, and well done to those who will go on to compete at the NDP British Final in November.

Our thanks to the gymnasts, coaches and judges from Acrobay, East Kilbride, Kilmarnock, Kingston and Linlithgow for their dedication to acrobatic gymnastics and for making this first competition a success.

A special thank you to Avondale for hosting the event.

> View the full results

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