Posted on 15/11/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Darci Tierney has been called up to the tumbling team for the world age group competition in Japan in December.

The Sapphire Gymnastics Club gymnast was originally named as first reserve when the British team was named in July. However, Darci will now be competing in 13-14 girls’ competition which takes place in Tokyo between 5 and 8 December. She joins her club mate and best friend Sophie Campbell who is competing in the 11-12 girls’ category.

This is more good news in what has been a good week for Sapphire. Sophie and Darci’s coach Jasmine Lessani was named young coach of the year at the Scottish Gymnastics Awards last Saturday while Sophie won the young gymnast of the year title.

Also competing in Tokyo in the world age group competition is Scottish women’s DMT champion Ciara Donlevy from City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club who is in the double-mini trampoline 17 – 21 age category. Her coach Lauren Jeffrey is also part of the Great Britain delegation.

Newly-crowned Scottish gymnast of the year Kim Beattie from Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club will represent Great Britain in DMT for the third successive year at the world championships which are held in Tokyo between 28 November and 1 December.

We’ll be following the four gymnasts in Japan and bringing you news of the events.

Scottish gymnasts competing for GB:

Tumbling World Age Group Competition
Darci Tierney – Sapphire Gymnastics Club
Sophie Campbell – Sapphire Gymnastics Club
Coaches: Jasmine Lessani and Danielle Lessani

DMT World Age Group Competition
Ciara Donlevy – City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club
Coach: Lauren Jeffrey

DMT World Championships
Kim Beattie – Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club
Coaches: John Wills and Melanie Stewart Wills

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Posted on 11/11/2019 in Rhythmic


Dumfries Y was crowned club of the year at the 2019 Scottish Gymnastics Awards in Edinburgh’s Radisson Blu hotel on Saturday 9 November.

The south-west club was runner-up last year when they opened their own facility – the only dedicated gymnastics facility in Dumfries and Galloway – after 40 years in rented spaces. With a focus this year on developing their workforce and creating a coaching pathway for older gymnasts, they have trebled their membership and are already raising funds to expand further. 

Sapphire Gymnastics Club also sparkled on the night with Jasmine Lessani winning young coach of the year and her tumbling gymnast Sophie Campbell being named junior gymnast of the year. Sophie was selected for the British junior squad last week and is competing in next month’s world age group competition in Tokyo.

Senior gymnast of the year was won by Banchory’s Kim Beattie who will also be in action in Tokyo competing in DMT at her third world championships. Acrobay’s Suzanne Fraser, who was still on a high after her senior partnership won bronze at the acrobatic European championships was named coach of the year.

Sport in Scotland would never happen without those who give up their time voluntarily to help run activities and competitions. Official of the year was acrobatic gymnastics’ judging convenor Tracey Findlay while Fiona Ashton-Jones, a regular at Scottish Gymnastics events became volunteer of the year, joking that had she not won, she would not be helping out in the warm-up hall as usual at this weekend’s Gymfest Perth!

There were special recognition awards for trampolining’s Lynn Simpson, rhythmic judging convenor Judy Warrack and Scotland’s most decorated gymnast, Dan Purvis, who this year retired from his competitive artistic career during which he won European, world, Commonwealth and Olympic medals. Dan was joined by his mum, grandmother and aunts, one of whom, Ann, was celebrating her birthday. Speaking to event host Mark Perkins about his evening, Dan said:

“Being round everyone in the room tonight, and seeing everyone come together, I get so inspired by hearing their stories. It’s just fantastic to be surrounded by such great people.”

The final award for the evening was a special bespoke work of art created by Harmonies in Wood presented by former chief executive Brian Samson to Scott Harper as a thank you from Scottish Gymnastics. Scott officially rounded off his second term as chair on Saturday and had the last word of the awards ceremony when asked to sum up his time as chair. He simply answered: “Rewarding.”

Thank you to our finalists, guests, partners and award category sponsors for making the evening so enjoyable, and congratulations to the 2019 award winners.

Official of the year sponsored by Gymdata 
Tracey Findlay

Runner-up: Andy Youl (East Kilbride Gymnastics Club)

Volunteer of the year sponsored by Morton Fraser 
Fiona Ashton-Jones
(Carnegie Spartan Gymnastics Club) 
Runners-up: Emily Richardson (Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club); Lindsay Rutherford (City of Edinburgh Gymnastics Club)

Young Coach of the Year sponsored by BDO 
Jasmine Lessani
(Sapphire Gymnastics Club)
Runners-up: Ciorstan Gordon (City of Edinburgh Gymnastics Club); Stephen Tonge (West Lothian Artistic); Emma Melville (Astro Gymnastics)

Coach of the year sponsored by Kukri
Suzanne Fraser
(Acrobay Gymnastics Trust)
Runners-up: Melanie Stewart Wills (Banchory Trampoline & DMT Club); Jacqueline Inglis (Forth Valley Gymnastics Club)

Junior Gymnast of the Year sponsored by Quatro 
Sophie Campbell
(Sapphire Gymnastics Club)
Runners-up: Cameron Lynn (West Lothian Artistic); Keir Davidson (Tiggers Trampoline Club)

Senior Gymnast of the Year sponsored by W Denis
Kim Beattie
(Banchory Trampoline Club)
Runners-up: Louise Christie (Beacon Rhythmic Gymnastics); Erin Henderson, Sacha Muir & Chloe Rowlands (Acrobay Gymnastics Trust) 

Club of the year sponsored by Gymnova 
Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club

Runners-up: Dynamic Gymnastics Academy; Sparta Trampoline Club; West Lothian Artistic

Special recognition award sponsored by French Duncan
Lynn Simpson

Special recognition award sponsored by Grant McGregor
Judith Warrack

Special Recognition Award sponsored by PSB Photography
Dan Purvis

Special award
Scott Harper

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Posted on 16/10/2019 in Rhythmic


Dan Purvis, Scotland’s most decorated gymnast, is among those being honoured at this year’s Scottish Gymnastics Awards.

Dan will be presented with a special recognition award at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh on Saturday 9 November.

He announced his retirement in February calling time on a competitive career during which he excelled at the highest level to become one of Great Britain's most successful athletes. The six-times Scottish and four-times British all-around champion won an historic team bronze at London 2012 Olympic Games, and medals at Commonwealth Games, European and world championships.

Special recognition awards will also be presented to Lynn Simpson and Judy Warrack who are long-serving members of Scottish Gymnastics.

Lynn’s commitment to the sport resulted in her being awarded the British Empire Medal for services to trampolining in the 2019 UK Honours Birthday list. Chair of the trampoline technical panel, she runs Flyers Trampoline club and has coached gymnasts to competitive success this year.

Judy has been a volunteer since the early 1990s when she started helping at Beacon Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. She is a national judge and judging convenor for the Scottish Gymnastics rhythmic gymnastics technical panel, and as a tutor, supports and mentors newly qualified judges.

Join us in celebrating with Dan, Lynn and Judy at the Scottish Gymnastics Awards. The evening begins with a drinks reception at 6.30pm, before a three-course dinner with wine at 7.30pm, followed by the awards ceremony.

Tickets are available at £55 per person subject to availability.

> Full information about the awards

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Posted on 14/10/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Scotland’s trampoline, double-mini trampoline and tumbling gymnasts came home with nine medals from the 2019 Loulé Cup in Portugal.

This was the first time Scotland has competed in tumbling and DMT at this event and the team was rewarded for its hard work with impressive results which sparked positive feedback from other nations’ coaches and officials.

Wendy Purdie, Scottish Gymnastics Performance Manager for non-Oympic disciplines, said:

“Congratulations to everyone who competed and especially the medal winners. This was an important development opportunity for all the gymnasts and gave them a good insight into representing their country in an international team event.

“What struck me watching the event was that all our gymnasts looked really happy which was great to see, that they were well-prepared and not phased by competing at international level.

“I would like to give a special thank you to our three national technical leads and assistant technical lead who gave up their own time to travel with the team. We introduced performance pathway programmes across the three disciplines this year, which they lead, and it’s tremendous that they voluntarily went along as head coaches to guide the gymnasts through the competition.”

Congratulations to all the gymnasts, selected team coaches, personal coaches, judges and team managers. The medal winners from the event on 11 and 12 October are:

Aaron Steel - Gold Men's U13
Milly Taylor - Gold Women's U13
Rachel Auld - Bronze Women's 13-14 
Darci Tierney - Silver Women's 13-14
Thomas Campbell - Silver Men's U13
Ava Fettes - Silver Women's 13-14
Women’s DMT Team - Bronze - Kim Beattie, Ciara Donlevy, Morgan James, Kelly Wynne
Home Nations Men’s DMT Team - Silver - Thomas Campbell, who teamed up with England and Ireland

Keir Davidson - Silver Men's 13-14


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Posted on 09/10/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Two Scottish double-mini trampoline (DMT) gymnasts have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Championships and World Age Group Competition in Tokyo, Japan from Thursday 28 November to Sunday 8 November.

Kim Beattie from Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club will represent Great Britain for the third successive year at the world championship event having competed last year in Russia and coming home with team silver from Bulgaria in 2017. Kim, who is also a Scottish Gymnastics gymnast ambassador, has just returned from representing Great Britain at the DMT World Cup in Valladolid, Spain last weekend where she finished a respectable sixth place after earning a silver medal at the British Championships the weekend before.

Newly crowned Scottish women’s DMT champion, Ciara Donlevy from City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club (pictured) has been selected in the 17 – 21 age category in the World Age Group Competition. The 21-year-old, who is studying physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University, has previously represented Great Britain in this event in 2015 in Denmark.

The DMT duo will be joined by British elite level women 11-12 tumbling champion Sophie Campbell from Sapphire Gymnastics Club who was selected earlier in the year for the Tumbling World Age Group Championships in the girls 11-12 competition, also in Tokyo. Sophie’s club-mate Darci Tierney is selected as first reserve for the girls 13-14 competition.

Congratulations to all the gymnasts who have been selected to compete on the world stage!

Selected gymnasts

DMT World Championships

Kim Beattie – Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club

Coaches: John Wills and Melanie Stewart Wills


DMT World Age Group Competition

Ciara Donlevy – City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club

Coach: Lauren Jeffery


Tumbling World Age Group Competition

Sophie Campbell – Sapphire Gymnastics Club

Coaches: Jasmine Lessani and Danielle Lessani


1st Reserve

Darci Tierney – Sapphire Gymnastics Club

Coaches: Jasmine Lessani and Danielle Lessani

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Posted on 06/10/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


The Scottish National Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) Championships took place at Bell’s Sports Centre, this weekend (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October).

The two-day championship event saw new Scottish Champions crowned across all three disciplines with the DMT champions decided on day one.

National Performance Programme (NPP) DMT gymnast Ciara Donlevy (City of Edinburgh) was crowned Women's Scottish Champion whilst Oscar Birrell (Flyers), who is also in the NPP, was earned the Scottish Men’s Championship title. These Scottish titles were awarded to the top male and female gymnasts that earned the highest cumulative four pass score from the FIG category of the DMT competition.

The Scottish National titles in trampoline were awarded to the gymnasts with the highest total score across the FIG Development and FIG categories. Tiggers Trampoline Club claimed both national trampoline titles on offer as Bethany Craigie earned the Women's championship while club-mate Murray Findlay won the men’s title.  

On the tumble track, champions were crowned in both NDP and FIG levels based upon the highest scores across all levels and age groups. Sapphire Gymnastics Club from Maryhill, Glasgow, continued to show themselves as one of Scotland top tumbling clubs with two of their gymnasts earning both Scottish titles. Still riding high from earning her British Championship gold medal last weekend, NPP gymnast Sophie Campbell added the Scottish FIG Tumbling Championship to her list of accolades for this year.  Club-mate Emily Haldane performed well to earn the Scottish National NDP Championship.  

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the championships this weekend, full results will be available here soon!

> Head over to PSB Photography where you can buy all your photos from the competition.



National Trampoline Champions

Awarded to the male and female gymnast with the highest total score within the FIG Development and FIG trampoline competitions

Bethany Craigie – Tiggers

Murray Findlay – Tiggers


TRA NDP 1-4 Form Award

Given to the gymnast with the highest two-round execution score within the NDP 1-4 categories

Lily Blair (34.5) – Glasgow


TRA NDP 5-6 Form Award

Given to the gymnast with the highest two-round execution score within the NDP 5-6 categories

Jenna Hanvidge (32.4) - Alba


Tariff Cup

Awarded to the gymnast with the highest difficulty score within the NDP, Performance & FIG categories of trampoline

Murray Findlay (11.7) - Tiggers


Form Cup

Awarded to the gymnast with the highest two-routine execution score within the NDP, Performance & FIG categories of Trampoline

Murray Findlay (35.6) - Tiggers


Disabilities Trampoline Form Award

Awarded to the gymnast with the highest two-routine execution score in the disabilities trampoline categories

Nicholas Smith (32.9) – Aspire



National DMT Champions

Awarded to the male and female gymnast with the highest cumulative 4 pass score from FIG competitors

Ciara Donlevy (132.3) - City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club

Oscar Birrell (130.3) - Flyers


Form Shield

awarded to the gymnast with the highest 4-pass execution score within the FIG category of DMT

Leo Forrest (115.10) - Flyers


DMT Form Award

awarded to the gymnast with the highest 4 pass execution score in the NDP DMT categories

Olivia Purves (115.7) - Two Foot Higher


Tariff Shield

Awarded to the gymnast with the highest difficulty score (in a single pass) within the FIG category of DMT

Ciara Donlevy (6.4) - City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club



NDP Tumble Champion

Emily Haldane - Sapphire

FIG Tumble Champion

Sophie Campbell - Sapphire










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Posted on 01/10/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Three Scots were crowned British champions at the 2019 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT British Championships at the Arena Birmingham last weekend.  

Sophie Campbell from Sapphire Gymnastics Club (middle picture) stormed to victory for  the gold medal in  tumbling FIG women’s 11-12 category improving on her bronze medal from last year. Sophie, who is part of the  tumbling Performance Pathway Programme (PPP) qualified in top spot ahead of a large field and held onto her lead in the final to score 91.500. She is also a finalist in the  Junior Gymnast of the Year category at the Scottish Gymnastics Awards. 

> Find out about the Scottish Gymnastics awards.

In double-mini trampoline (DMT) Morgan James from Banchory Trampoline Club (top picture) became British champion in women’s 17-21 category in her first year of that age group. Morgan was in the top three in every pass, earning the gold medal on a final score of 131.400.

Nicolas Smith from Aspire Trampoline Club (bottom picture) became the third British champion from Scotland earning the gold medal in the Category 1 15+ Disability Trampoline competition. Nicolas led from the outset and won his title on a final score of 91.00. The 17 year-old, who was the first Scottish gymnast to be selected for the Great Britain disability squad, qualified for the British Championships after an impressive Spring Series competition, setting new British records for high scores and difficulty. 

Keir Davidson from Tiggers Trampoline Club qualified for the final of the men’s FIG Performance Level age 13-14 trampoline competition in third place. He performed well to maintain his position and earn a bronze medal on 145.170

It was also a special weekend for Scottish Gymnastics gymnast ambassador and senior DMT gymnast, Kim Beattie, from Banchory Trampoline Club. She was awarded a Master Gymnast award from British Gymnastics in recognition of her contribution to the sport in representing Great Britain at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships. At this year’s British Championships, Kim just missed out on defending her British title winning the silver medal on 135.700 just behind Kirsty Way (OLGA Poole)on 137.500. 

Notable performances from other Scottish gymnasts were Robert Burns in the DMT men’s 15-16 competition where he finished in fourth place, Thomas Campbell (Dynamite Gymnastics Club) also earned a fouth place finish in the DMT men's 9 -10 competition. Ava Harvey (DMT women’s FIG 15-16) and Leo Forest (DMT men’s FIG 13-14) earned fifth place finishes.  

In tumbling Darci Tierney also finished in fourth place in the women’s FIG 13-14 age group.

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the championships.

> Full results

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Posted on 02/10/2019 in Acrobatic


Scottish Gymnastics has been awarded the bronze award for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. 

In conjunction with Plan4Sport, Scottish Gymnastics was part of the Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace pilot programme; A Framework for Action. 

We are the only Scottish governing body of sport to have been invited to be part of this exciting project in the UK. We recognise the importance of supporting mental health, not just within the workplace, but across our membership too.

Scotland is experiencing a mental health crisis which has significant implications for our members, staff and board members. 

This is wider than a series of workshops; it is a strategic commitment to position mental fitness as a significant priority area for the remainder of our strategic plan, putting in place mechanisms to provide supportive environments across all areas. 

Following our assessment against the framework outcomes, Scottish Gymnastics was given the bronze award, the Plan4Sport assessor commented: 

“The organisation is congratulated on their collective efforts in achieving Bronze level. There is clear and genuine commitment to wellbeing in the workplace. Sustained success is likely, given the excellent foundations in place to date.”

Scottish Gymnastics Head of Operations, Lara Gregson, received the bronze award from Louise Tideswell from Plan4Sport. Lara also took part in a presentation, sharing information about our commitment to mental wellbeing to representatives from other sports at sportscotland's equalities and inclusion conference.

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Posted on 26/09/2019 in Rhythmic


Scottish Gymnastics is delighted to launch Love to Move in Scotland, a dementia-friendly gymnastics exercise programme developed by the British Gymnastics Foundation.

There are approximately 90,000* people living with the illness in Scotland. The Love to Move programme is a seated movement programme designed to increase mobility and functionality in the elderly and those living with dementia.

Its roots are taken from gymnastics and uses specially designed coordination and asymmetrical movement patterns, which are thought to have the effect of increasing a person’s cognitive reserve.

Coaches and club officials attended a two-day course in Edinburgh in November to enable them to deliver the Love to Move programme to those in their local area.

Accredited individuals can deliver the programme in their own gym, a local nursing home or even organise their own group at their local town hall. Delivery of the programme will be unique to the individual and their local area.  In delivering the Love to Move programme, clubs will help to contribute to their wider community as well as helping to make a significant impact to the quality of life to those suffering from the illness.

If you are interested in the programme and would like any further information please contact Lindsay Thomson, Participation Coach Developer, Lindsay.Thomson@scottishgymnastics.org

Health Scotland website 

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Posted on 24/09/2019 in Acrobatic


The number of concerns reported to Scottish Gymnastics regarding mental wellbeing has trebled since 2016.

This was one of the stark figures heard by members attending the Scottish Gymnastics Safeguarding Symposium in Stirling on Sunday, during the mental wellbeing session led by Pamela Finch from Thrive Scotland. Concerns have included anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders. On average, young people wait more than a year before telling an adult how they’re feeling. 

The session focused on what mental wellbeing is, its importance and how to promote it. Coaches, safeguarding officers and club leaders took part in interactive role-playing scenarios based on real cases acted out by Beth Hamilton and were given practical tools such as breathing exercises to use back in their clubs.

Social media was the focus of the afternoon’s interactive session led by Arlene Sinclair and Donna Martin from Child Friendly Culture. They encouraged members to think about their digital footprint and the safeguards that can be put in place to protect children, young people and coaches.

Ethics, welfare and conduct manager, Eilidh McCall-Lawrie, said: “The symposium allows us to bring our safeguarding officers, club leaders and coaches together to discuss these important subjects and give them useful tools to take back to their club to help them.

“Social media is an ever-increasing area of use for young people where there are challenges as well as benefits.  The knock-on effect of these challenges to mental health can be profound. We are supporting our clubs by giving them skills and techniques to support not just gymnasts, but all members.”

Doc McKelvey, Scottish Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer, added: “Safeguarding is an important area for us to ensure a safe and fun environment for all our members. Volunteers are invaluable in this, and that’s why we provide ongoing education, support and guidance to help safeguarding officers perform their role effectively.
“The mental wellbeing of our members, staff and board is a priority for Scottish Gymnastics, given one in four young people and adults in Scotland experience mental health issues. We are committed to improving awareness and developing supportive programmes and practical tools to help cultivate mental fitness and wellbeing across our sport.”

Watch what attendees through of this year's safeguarding symposium in the video below.

You can contact our safeguarding team with any questions or concerns:
For information about safeguarding courses, PVG and general enquiries: safeguarding@scottishgymnastics.org 
Lorna and Eilidh, ethics, conduct & welfare managers: welfare@scottishgymnastics.org
Confidential email: safegym@scottishgymnastics.org 

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