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Posted on 05/11/2020 in Rhythmic

Clarity of Performance Exemptions

Exemptions as covered by Scottish Government and Scottish Gymnastics

For avoidance of doubt, the exemption of ‘performance’ or ‘professional’ sport as highlighted in the Scottish Government’s framework and within Scottish Gymnastics guidance is only applicable to a very limited number of Scottish gymnasts based on the strict government criteria. 

In this instance, the criteria cover athletes in identified training squads for Tokyo 2021, GB Olympic discipline performance programmes (junior or senior) or Birmingham 2022 programmes only. 

In Scotland, we apply criteria 2, given British Gymnastics apply criteria 1, and therefore the athletes covered by the performance exemptions are those who we have informed directly aiming for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games selection and have been given approval through our Covid-19 medical officer, in addition to any Scottish-based GB gymnast in the Olympic programmes. 

Scottish Gymnastics has made attempts to have further athletes from other disciplines added to this list however this has not been approved.

Unless you have had direct approval under ‘performance exemptions’ from the head of performance or Olympic disciplines performance manager, athletes and their coaches must follow the normal gymnastics guidance at the appropriate protection level for your local authority. 

We realise this may seem unfair, especially for gymnasts who compete internationally in other disciplines, but it is out with our gift to expand these criteria.

For transparency, the only gymnasts (and their coaches) allowed to operate under these exemptions are as follows:

Gymnast

Coach

Club  

Criteria met

Men’s artistic

Kelvin Cham

Marius Gherman

City of Glasgow

2i

David Weir

Marius Gherman

City of Glasgow

2i

Rory Smith

John Campbell

West Lothian  

2i

Cameron Lynn

John Campbell

West Lothian

2i

Euan McLellan

John Campbell

West Lothian

2ii

Adam Logan

Marius Gherman

City of Glasgow

2iii

Fraser Lynes

Marius Gherman

City of Glasgow

2iii

Women’s artistic

Ellie Russell

Becki Campbell

West Lothian

2ii

Cara Kennedy

Rod & Pauline Smith

City of Glasgow

2ii

Emily Bremner

Bea Peterson

Dundee

2ii

Ellie Patrick

Lauren Graham

Dynamic

2ii

Kennedi Foster

Lauren Graham

Dynamic

2ii

Sarah McKenzie

Rod & Pauline Smith

City of Glasgow

2ii

Erin Gallagher

Becki Campbell

West Lothian

2iii

Lauren McCormack

Becki Campbell

West Lothian

2iii

Kirsty Fowler

Jasmine Forsyth

City of Aberdeen

2iii

Millie Redford

Rod & Pauline Smith

City of Glasgow

2iii

Crystelle Lake

Rod & Pauline Smith

City of Glasgow

2iii

Eilidh Gorrell

Rod & Pauline Smith

City of Glasgow

2iii

Jessica Wright

Lauren Graham

Dynamic

2iii

Rhythmic

Louise Christie

Amy Stewart

Beacon Rhythmic

1i

Trampoline

 

 

 

Keir Davidson

James Davidson

Tiggers

1ii

 

Through the UK Sport and Home Nation Sport Council cross border commitment to support the 2022 Commonwealth Games, mean the following exile athletes (Scottish gymnasts with their main training base in England) meet the British Gymnastics ‘elite development pathway’ criteria to qualifiy for exemptions whislt training in England.

Gymnast

Coach

Club 

Criteria met

Men’s artistic

Pavel Karnejenko

Scott Hann MBE

South Essex

1i

Hamish Carter

 

Illinois University (USA)

2ii

Cameron Lister

Will Banthorpe

Pipers Vale

2iii

Fraser Griffiths

Simon Elliott

Woking

2iii

Frank Baines Jeff Brookes Southport  2ii

Women’s artistic

Shannon Archer

Ross Falsetta (Becki Campbell when in Scotland)

South Essex

2ii

Naomi Wright

Bec Purcell

Kettering

2iii

Caitlin Lochhead

Various

Bristol Hawks

2iii

Isla Warr

Brett Ince

Park Wrekin

2iii

 

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Posted on 02/11/2020 in Rhythmic

Taking a Virtual Approach

Faced with the challenges of the last seven months, I have been impressed with the creative response that our clubs and coaching workforce have taken to support gymnasts at all levels. We have seen clubs across the country run everything from online training sessions on platforms like Zoom to newly created YouTube channels with videos of home workouts and challenges as well as many more brilliant ideas to keep children and young people motivated and active. 

These responses really embody Benjamin Franklin’s famous words that “out of adversity comes opportunity.” Just as our clubs have had to adapt, be creative and respond to the challenges, our performance team has also adapted and been motivated to find creative ways of supporting gymnasts and coaches in our programmes.

Our starting point of going virtual was creating online videos on our social media channels with our #TuesdayTutorial, #WorkoutWednesday and #ThursdayThoughts series. The support and engagement on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram from clubs, coaches and gymnasts in our performance and pathway programmes and from our wider gymnastics community has been fantastic.

Both our #WorkoutWednesday and #ThursdayThoughts series gave profile to some of our top Scottish gymnasts who have either competed for Great Britain at various international events and championships or for Scotland at a Commonwealth Games. It was great to highlight the development journeys of these role models to aspiring gymnasts across our membership. 

Opportunities also presented themselves in our #TuesdayTutorial series and being able to share technical knowledge across the disciplines. The series kicked off with some top tips on the handstand from our men’s national technical advisor Scott Hann MBE and had fortnightly input from our physical preparation lead Paul Coyle to support those at home training programmes. We were also fortunate enough to have guest appearance from Scottish Ballet soloist Thomas Edwards.

You can still see all the videos from our #TuesdayTutorial series in one place on our absorb learning platform.

As the months have gone by and many gymnastics clubs have restarted indoor activity, our online tutorials have evolved into our Bitesize Brilliant Basics series hosted by our pathway development coaches in men’s artistic and women’s artistic. These are great resources for our coaches and gymnasts as they rebuild their skills by developing the basic foundations.

Check out Bitesize Brilliant Basics 

Like many of our member clubs, we also ventured into the world of Zoom and hosted a number of virtual camps for our national performance programme (NPP) and performance pathway programme (PPP) online. One these first adventures of navigating mute buttons, breakout rooms and camera positions was with our rhythmic technical symposium.  Although limited by space and equipment at home as well as internet connections, these were balanced by creating opportunities out of the pandemic: having access to technical experts we would not normally have in one room because of busy schedules; being joined by clubs and coaches whose long car journeys would normally make it impossible to attend; and we were even able to include some development camps for gymnasts. 

When the school summer holidays arrived, we hosted a programme of virtual camps - 37 in total! This covered all the disciplines with NPP and PPP programmes in place: over 170 gymnasts took part and over 60 personal coaches joined too. 

After spending most of that five-week period on Zoom, you can see the challenges of coaching virtually and as one coach on the programme shared with me, “it’s like coaching through a letterbox”. As I went from one call to the next, admiring the energy of the gymnasts and the technical expertise of the session leads it soon became clear that these virtual camps were not just about the great training taking place, but also keeping everyone connected and bringing coaches and gymnasts from different clubs up and down the country together. 

It was refreshing to see everyone supporting and motivating each other in such challenging times and made even better by the mums and dads helping out by holding feet or moving the camera angle as well as the odd interruption from little brothers and sister or even pets – including my own dog! Trying to do a handstand or demonstrating a drill with the ‘assistance’ a 30kg Weimaraner always brings a smile to the faces on the other side of the screen!    

Jamie Bowie
Olympic disciplines performance manager

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Posted on 02/10/2020 in Rhythmic

Parents in Sport Week 2020

Scottish Gymnastics is backing Parents in Sport Week 2020 which starts today and runs until 11 October.

Run by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), Parents in Sport Week aims to highlight the important role parents play in youth sport, from helping to keep children safe, to encouraging them to take part and achieve.

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s talk about keeping children safe in sport’ and the aim is to raise awareness amongst parents of the types of things clubs should have in place to keep children safe and how parents can get help with any concerns.

New research has found that fewer than four in ten parents actively sought to understand the safeguarding procedures of their club before signing their child up to take part in sessions and competitions.

The online YouGov survey*, conducted on behalf of the NSPCC, showed that only 38% of parents across the UK actively tried to find out whether basic safety measures were in place before allowing their child to join a club.

Further cause for concern is that 38% of parents* said they had either never received or could not recall whether they had been sent any information about safeguarding measures by their child’s sports club once they were a member.

As part of this week’s campaign, the CPSU is asking sports parents to make the Sports Parents Promise – a three-point pledge to their children to listen to them about their concerns, check clubs are safe to enjoy, and encourage their children to take part in a positive way.

They hope this will help parents to understand how their contribution to their child’s sport makes it a safer place for all children.

You can help support the CPSU and Parents in Sport Week by making the Sports Parents Promise on their website, where you can also find helpful information about being a great sports parent and working with parents in sport.

> Sports Parents Promise

Scottish Gymnastics CEO Doc McKelvey said: "We fully support Parents in Sport week as they play an important part in sport whether taking their child to a club or supporting them through their competitive journey. 

"We are committed to providing a safe, healthy, and positive environment for children and young people to enjoy gymnastics and encourage parents and carers to ask ten key questions to find out about the safeguarding procedures in their club."

You can also support and follow the campaign on social media using #ParentsinSportWeek2020.

* All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Findings based on a YouGov online survey undertaken on 16 - 21 September 2020.  1,088 parents of children under 18 across the UK were surveyed, 693 of whom had signed a child up for a sports club. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

 

 

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Posted on 01/10/2020 in Rhythmic

Virtual Meeting a Real Success

Thank you to all club representatives who attended or submitted proxy votes to our annual general meeting on 20 September. Your support enables our sport to progress with key areas of work. 

This was the first time we held the AGM online which provided the opportunity for more clubs to attend than in previous years and as a result, the AGM was quorate. 

All resolutions were approved which means we welcome new voices to the board, Claire Bath and Wendy Lucas. Our thanks to Ruth Wilson for her interest in the board role. 

In other board news, Zoe Frost has moved into the role of finance director since Adele Tolometti stood down at the end of her term. This was also the first opportunity for members to hear from our new chair, Brian Ewing.

The new technical committee regulations were also approved which includes the addition of the committee for tumbling. The new roles will be available for all members to apply for and more information will follow in due course. 

You can find out more about the 2019-20 membership year in our annual report. Members from all aspects of Scottish gymnastics tell their stories of the year, so it is in fact, your annual report too.

> 2019-20 Annual Report 

> Details of Resolutions 

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Posted on 24/09/2020 in Rhythmic

Sibling Success in Leotard Competition

We are delighted to announce the winners of our competition with partner Quatro to design a special edition leotard celebrating our 130th birthday.

The winning boy’s and girl’s designs were created by talented brother and sister Cameron and Lucy Falconer who were inspired by iconic Scottish symbols of strength.

Cameron, who is 12 and a member of West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club, used The Kelpies sculptures in his winning boy’s design. The pattern on his leotard is found on the 30-metre high horse-head sculptures made from steel near Falkirk. He has also incorporated the Scottish Gymnastics anniversary logo stripe creating a strong and bold design.

Ten year-old Lucy from Hamilton Gymnastics Club, has designed her Celtic leotard incorporating the Dara knot which represents the roots of an oak tree and symbolises strength, and the trinity knot which symbolises inner strength. This stunning leotard also has lots of sparkle, accentuating the sublimated Celtic knot design.

Both winners have celebrated a birthday since entering the competition so were 11 and nine when they designed their leotards. The competition was judged in February after the closing date, but we delayed announcing the winners due to Covid-19. Lucy and Cameron are now celebrating their drawings coming to life, thanks to the design department at Quatro Leotards.

Speaking about his inspiration, Cameron said: “When I think of Scotland, I think of the Kelpies as they’re a landmark. They are big and strong like gymnasts. I’m happy and I like the design a lot.”

Lucy said: “I was looking at Scottish things like thistles and unicorns and then I saw Scottish jewellery and the Celtic knots. It’s really good I’m excited. It will be strange seeing people wearing the leotard in the gym!”

As well as seeing their designs come to life, Cameron and Lucy will each receive the leotard they designed.

You too can have these special edition Celtic Knot and Kelpies leotards from the Quatro shop in time for Christmas, if you place your order by October 16 to guarantee delivery. Any order received after this date will be delivered eight weeks from the order date.

Scottish Gymnastics head of performance Sam Hendrikson said: “It was heart-warming to see the creativity from our young members and such a high level of design. Everyone put so much thought into their drawings and we were particularly pleased to see so many entries for boy’s leotards.

“Congratulations to Cameron and Lucy. We judged the competition without looking at names and so it was a complete surprise when we realised our winning designs came from a brother and sister! The judging panel felt their bold designs featuring Scottish icons and symbolising strength were perfect to celebrate Scottish Gymnastics’ 130th birthday.

“Our thanks to Joanna and her team at Quatro for their support and bringing the designs to life. We cannot wait to see the actual leotards!”

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We received around 70 entries which were all so different and imaginative. Our judging panel narrowed it down to nine finalists which included our youngest designer, Zoyah, aged just three and a half! Congratulations to our finalists:

Boyd Sibbring, Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club
Rebecca Stewart, Acrobay Gymnastics
Amelie Hill, CK Elite
Tara MacNab, Linlithgow School of Gymnastics
Holly Girvan, Meadowbank Gymnastics Club
Kira Mihhailova, Saltire Team Gymnastics
Zoyah Mihhailova, Saltire Team Gymnastics

  

 

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Posted on 02/09/2020 in Rhythmic

Zoom into the AGM

This year's annual general meeting will take place “virtually” using Zoom’s video conference platform on Sunday 20 September at 1pm. 

We are asking voting members to have their say on a number of resolutions. If you are unable to make it to the online meeting, each club is entitled to appoint a proxy who must submit their vote by 1pm on Friday 18 September. Each club can submit two proxy votes. 

The resolutions include one relating to a proposed update to the technical panel regulations, now known as technical committee regulations. The purpose of the technical committees is to maintain the integrity of the sport and use each committee’s technical expertise to support the planning and development of safe, quality gymnastics programmes in Scotland. 

Following our recent recruitment process for a non-executive director, the board is nominating Claire Bath. As well as having experience in communications and marketing in her professional life, Claire was chair at Fyrish Gymnastics Club and currently sits on the board for Youth Highland and The Ledge. 

We also received two nominations from the gymnastics community for the general director role: Wendy Lucas from Hamilton Gymnastics Club and Ruth Wilson, the current chair of the rhythmic technical panel. The nominee with the most votes will be elected on to the board. 

We look forward to seeing you online on 20 September. 

For details of the resolutions and the AGM reply slip and proxy voting form, please visit our AGM page.

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Posted on 02/09/2020 in Rhythmic

Statement from SGB Forum

This week marks an important next step towards the return of sport in communities across the country with indoor sports courts and swimming pools now able to reopen in line with the latest Scottish Government public health guidance.
 
The Scottish sports’ governing bodies forum and executive group welcomes Monday’s communication from Stewart Harris, CEO, sportscotland announcing the release of a £1.5m Covid Support Fund to support Scotland’s sporting system (Sportscotland set up £1.5m Covid support fund for governing bodies). This timely statement recognises that whilst progress has been made with the re-opening of sports facilities across Scotland, this does not mean a full restart of sport as we know it and that many sports, particularly those reliant on accessing indoor sports facilities for club training and competition, face a much slower return as local trusts and leisure operators take a cautious and phased approach to the re-opening of their facilities.
 
We want to see more progress made in line with the latest public health guidance at all levels of sport, to ensure that clubs and local communities have access to facilities. The SGB Forum continues working with partners across the sporting system including sportscotland, the Scottish Government and local authorities and local trusts to bring about the safe return of sport, and is committed to ensuring that all of Scotland’s sports club members, volunteers and communities can access critical and much loved sporting and physical activity opportunities as soon as possible.

However, whilst there is a clear desire from all partners to reopen facilities and get our sports into these facilities as quickly as is safely possible, the ongoing difficulties presented by Covid-19, including facility staff on furlough, training requirements and venue remodelling to comply with social distancing measures, means that it is unlikely that all venues will be able to reopen fully for some time to come. 

In the meantime, as a sector, we need the support, understanding and backing of all our clubs and members now more than ever as we work to protect the rich sporting fabric of our nation and strive to bring sporting activity back to being at the heart of our Scottish communities once more.

 

The Scottish Governing Bodies Forum

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Posted on 20/08/2020 in Rhythmic

Gymnastics Clubs Allowed to Reopen

We welcome the First Minister's announcement that indoor gymnastics can resume from 31 August as we are sure you will too!

We are working with the Scottish Government and sportscotland on guidelines for clubs reopening under phase 3 of the Scottish Government Covid-19 route map. We will make it relevant for all disciplines and clubs must adhere to it for a safe return to indoor gymnastics. 

Once our guidance has been approved by sportscotland, we will send information to your club's official email address which we ask you share with your staff, coaches and volunteers. We will also publish this on our Step Forward Plan page along with risk assessment templates. The phase 3 guidance for outdoor gymnastics will also be updated to include the latest information from the Scottish Government route map.

We have emailed your club to invite key coaches, committee members and Covid officers to join us for a webinar so we can take you through the indoor gymnastics guidelines. 

In the webinar on Thursday 27 August at 10am and again at 6.30pm, we'll take you through returning the sport safely with key information to help you to plan for your own return in line with Scottish Government guidelines. You will be able to ask our staff questions too.

Session overview:
•  Scottish Government route map – phase updates and protocols for Scottish Gymnastics
•  Supporting clubs for safe return – Step Forward Plan
•  Mini workshop on risk assessments
•  Key departmental updates on Scottish Gymnastics activity and programmes
•  Open questions and answers session

Please join us if you can. We appreciate that not all clubs will be able to reopen at the end of the month, or soon after, and the work on that continues with Scottish sports, Community Leisure UK, COSLA, and sportscotland.

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Posted on 06/08/2020 in Rhythmic

Scottish Gymnastics Appoints New Chair

Brian Ewing has been appointed as chairperson of the Scottish Gymnastics board.

Brian brings his wealth of experience in sport and business to the role which he officially took up on 1 July succeeding interim chair Ian Chambers who remains on the board.

During four decades of working in higher education, Brian was Director of Sport and Exercise at the University of Dundee for 25 years. Starting in physical education at Kirkintilloch High School, he moved on to other teaching roles at the University of Strathclyde and Moray House Institute of Education, University of Edinburgh.

His work at local, regional, and national level has seen him heavily involved with many organisations including sportscotland Institute of Sport, Scottish Football Association, National Coaching Foundation, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Dundee City Council.

A former non-executive Director of Scottish Golf, Brian was chair of Scottish Student Sport for six years and was awarded Honorary Life Presidency in recognition of his contribution. He also received an award last year from British Universities and Colleges Sport for outstanding contribution to
Higher Education Sport.

Speaking on his appointment, Brian said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as chair of Scottish Gymnastics and very much look forward to working with the gymnastics community as we continue our journey to become a leading sport and world-class governing body. 

“With over 40 years’ experience in business and sport, I feel that I can make a significant contribution in leading Scottish Gymnastics through this next phase of its ambitious and exciting strategic plan.  To achieve this, we will need to galvanise the efforts of all involved in our sport - staff, coaches, athletes and members - in finding innovative and creative ways to maximise the potential and performance of the sport in the years ahead.

“I will strive to ensure that member communication and engagement, and open, transparent governance will be the key pillars of our work.  Over the last few weeks, I have personally experienced a very steep learning curve as I have worked to gain a greater and detailed understanding of our sport.  

“I have been overwhelmed by the passion, commitment and dedication of those working across the sport - particularly in such difficult and challenging times. I have no doubt that working together we will overcome these challenges and re-establish our sport to its rightful place on the Scottish sporting landscape. I hope that I can rely on your continued support of Scottish Gymnastics over what will be a difficult period as we all work to secure a safe return of our sport. 

“I very much look forward to working with you all as we fulfil our dreams and aspirations for Scottish Gymnastics.”

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Posted on 05/08/2020 in Rhythmic

Limited Return to Performance Gymnastics

Five gymnasts are back in the gym after sportscotland Institute of Sport approved the return of a limited level of performance gymnastics.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medallists Kelvin Cham and David Weir with their City of Glasgow club mate Rory Smith are joined by West Lothian’s Cameron Lynn and Ellie Russell who was also part of Team Scotland at the last Games.

Our performance team has worked closely with the Institute of Sport to enable this, working with the restrictions over criteria and protocols. They were required to use competition performance as an objective measure to identify the gymnasts. 

During this Scottish Government phase, only athletes who are senior (16+) representative potential for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games performance squads are allowed to return. They must also be a sportscotland Institute of Sport named athlete receiving service support and/or produced a top eight finish on at least one apparatus or all-around at the 2019 British Championships and/or produced an individual medal performance in 2019 at a senior international competition when competing for Scotland.

The guidance allows for limited sessions and has had significant medical input: a Covid-19 medical officer is in place for the programme, the venue has been deep cleaned, and social distancing and PPE will be in place during sessions with coaches Marius Gherman, John Campbell and Becki Campbell. Everyone will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms before each entry to training including having their temperature checked.

As the sessions are being held at Craigwillow Centre, home to West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club, Becki has been heavily involved in preparations for the return to performance sport. She said: 

"We were in the process of renovating the facility and we had recently taken on the lease of the whole building. We had a big clear out, our main hall and boys’ gym have been completely repainted and everywhere freshened up. 

“We have deep cleaned the whole facility, mapped out one-way systems and created several sanitising stations throughout the building. We have rearranged the equipment to allow for social distancing which has also allowed for extra equipment too. Zero DryTime deep cleaned the carpets and the new floor area.”

However, nothing prepared her for welcoming the gymnasts back to the gym. 

“It was really emotional. I was standing by the beam and I had butterflies in my stomach waiting for the gymnasts. I knew I had missed coaching in the gym, but to be back there was so exciting and emotional. Just seeing the smile on the athletes’ faces as well was amazing. They were grinning from ear to ear even though we were just carrying out athlete testing and going through basic elements in the session.

“We have been using Zoom for training sessions during lockdown which has been fantastic but the kids are starting to get demotivated and you get fed up of hearing your own voice for hours on end. Being in that session just really showed that Zoom sessions just cannot fully replicate being back in the gym. 

“I’m really proud that Ellie is back in the gym as she works extremely hard and deserves it. It is also much more motivating being in the gym and seeing each other face-to-face and so important for the coach-athlete relationship. We have been doing five three-hour sessions a week together on Zoom but nothing can replicate the load and force going through their body when the gymnasts train in the gym."

“We are working on a 10-week plan building the gymnasts up to where they were before lockdown. The intensity, workload and frequency will gradually increase to avoid any injury. Psychology plays a huge part. Getting back up on the beam after not being on it or for the boys being back up on the high bar, it feels very strange, so we need to take the skills slowly so they feel confident in what they’re doing.”

Commonwealth bronze medallist Kelvin Cham said: “It was exciting to be back as we’ve been locked up in the house for a long time. It doesn’t seem like much time, but five months is a lot as usually one or two weeks off training is a long period for us. 

“We were missing gymnastics, missing training, and I was looking forward to seeing coaches and other gymnasts again. It will be nice to get back to a normal routine.

“It enjoyed the first session. We didn’t do much as I have to adjust to my body being not sharp and fit like normal. But getting back on equipment again, just seeing equipment again, was nice. That was good and made me really happy to be training again. It is a process which we’ll take slowly as our bodies have changed mentally and physically. We’re only doing a few sessions a week and it’ll take a lot for all of us to get back into it properly.

“It’s tough because there are only five of us and I know a lot of boys and girls would love to be training again. I know I’m in a fortunate position, but everyone will get back soon and they need to take it as it comes. With the long hours usually involved in gymnastics, we need to take baby steps and see how we’re feeling. Some will get back quicker than others so take it slowly and enjoy it when you can.

“It is a shame for those who can’t be back in training, but just stay positive, keep pushing yourself at home and when you’re back, it’ll feel great.”

Scottish Gymnastics head of performance Sam Hendrikson added: “We are as frustrated as all our members are about indoor sport not resuming before now. We understand the effect it is having on many young people who miss the friendship and fun as much as their own personal challenges of taking part in such a fantastic sport.

“This return to performance training is limited in the number of athletes, frequency of training and in the skills they can do as part of a gradual return. We need to make sure gymnasts are progressing steadily to restore their levels of physical and mental fitness. This is a positive step forward and we have asked sportscotland to consider a return at the appropriate stage for further performance programme gymnasts who did not meet the selection criteria.

“We have also created return to training guidance for competitive gymnasts in every discipline and British Gymnastics is providing non-competitive discipline-specific guidance for coaches who will be key in gradually and safely getting gymnasts at all levels back to doing what they love."

        

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