Posted on 01/07/2019 in Acrobatic


Nominations are now open across nine categories for the Scottish Gymnastics Awards 2019. The awards celebrate the achievements, dedication and talent of our members across our sport in Scotland.

You are invited to nominate people you think deserve recognition for their contribution in the following categories:

Young coach of the year

Coach of the year

Official of the year

Volunteer of the year

Junior gymnast of the year

Senior gymnast of the year

Club of the year

Special recognition award

Lifetime achievement award

How to nominate

All you need to do is click on the category above, which takes you to a nomination form you can fill in online. Please make sure you are nominating in the correct category.

The official of the year category has been extended to include all those who carry out official duties as a representative of an organisation. It will recognise members with roles within their club, discipline or Scottish Gymnastics, such as judges, club leaders, technical panel members, board advisory group members. 

You will be asked two or three simple questions about your nominee – just tell us all about activities and achievements in the year 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019 and why you think they deserve the award.

Just add your contact details, then simply click “submit” to send your nomination to us by Monday 19 August.

Finalists in each category will be selected from the nominations received by our selection panel made up of:

  • Scottish Gymnastics Chair
  • Scottish Gymnastics Technical Director (Olympic disciplines)
  • Scottish Gymnastics Technical Director (non-Olympic disciplines)
  • Independent representative

The finalists will be invited to a glittering reception and dinner at the Radisson Blu Hoteal on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Saturday 9 November where the winners will be revealed. Tickets go on sale soon for this celebratory evening of our sport which we hope you will join us for.

We look forward to hearing from you and reading all about our inspiring members and their achievements!

> Read about our 2018 Award winners

> Read about our 2017 Award winners

> Read about our 2016 Award winners

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Posted on 26/06/2019 in Acrobatic


Six Scottish Gymnastics clubs will travel to The 16th World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn, Austria from Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 July. 

World Gymnaestrada is a world-wide, non-competitive FIG display event, held every four years. Participation is for everybody, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, culture, ability or social standing. Our clubs are part of the Great Britian delegaton and have been preparing for the week of gymnastics for two years, some of the Scottish Gymnastics members are World Gymnaestrada veterans with others taking part for the first time! 

We hope everyone enjoys their experience at World Gymnaestrada! 

We asked the clubs to tell us a bit more about themselves and their Gymnaestrada team, check out their profiles below! 

Astro Gymnastics have been performing on the display circuit nationally and internationally for nine years.  Our teams have performed and competed in events such as World Gymnaestrada 2015 (Finland), Festival Del Sole 2018 (Italy) , World Gym For Life 2017 (Norway) and Gymnastique Magique 2014 & 2016 (Paris).  

How many from your club are going? 
19 gymnasts and three coaches

Theme of your display?  
Our theme at World Gymnaestrada is Queen Tribute 

Have you been to World Gymnaestrada before?
Yes, once before in 2015 (Helsinki, Finland)

What part of the trip are your team most excited about?  
We are super excited to travel as part of the Great Britain delegation and have the opportunity to represent our country at this wonderful event.  The gymnasts are so excited to perform a variety of routines and share this unique and memorable experience amongst fellow gymnastics friends from the UK and abroad.  They will be performing four different routines during their time there, GBR Large Group, World Display, Paired Team Performance (Queen Tribute) and the GBR/AUS Evening (Hollywood inspired showcase).

The Dynamite Gymanestrada team consist of 24 girls ages 8 to 17 who are all members of one of the five display teams the club has. The girls have been working hard for two years, training once a month to put together their Sound of Music routine.  We are excited to travel to Austria in July as part of the Great Britain team it is an privilege to be able to represent your county at such large global event.

How many from your club are going?
24 gymnasts and four Coaches

What is the theme of your display?
Main display is to Sound Music we have also been selected for perform at the GB/AUS evening and will perform a routine entitled " the big weekend " which is music from the 21st Centaury

Have you been to World Gymnaestrada before?
Our club has been to three previous Gymnaestradas, for the gymnasts this will be their first time however all the coaches attending have been to at least one. 

What part of the trip are your team most excited about?
We’re excited to wear our Great Britain kit and perform our routine which we have been working hard on.  We’re also excited to be part of the GB mass display and worlds mass display and performing alongside other gymnasts from other teams and even other countries. We are looking forward to see gymnasts from all over the world and of all ages and the different styles of gymnastics on show.

Our team is made up of gymnasts aged 16 years to 22 years of age. We are the slightly more senior gymnasts of team GB. As well as training at Hamilton many of the team members are dedicated Hamilton Gymnastics Club coaches. Display gymnastics has kept the girls in the gym and has allowed them to make lifelong friendships. 

How many from your club are travelling? 
14 gymnasts and four coaches 

What is the theme of your display?
Let’s Get Loud. Our routine is a fast-paced dance and gymnastics performance. The main aim is to get the audience clapping and dancing alongside our gymnasts. 

Have you been to World Gymnaestrada before?
This will be the team’s second Gymnaestrada but myself [Wendy Lucas] and my mum [Dorothy Lucas] have attended since 1999. This is our 20th year and therefore sixth time attending. We can’t imagine life without The World Gymnaestrada! 

What part of the trip are your team most excited about? 
We are most looking forward to spending 8 days and nights in gymnastics land! We get to spend eight days with 22,000 other people who love gymnastics as much we do. What could be better!? We also love performing to packed out audiences, watching the FIG gala and performing the in GBs large group display. An extra highlight this year will be performing in the GB/AUS afternoon.

Our team has been selected from Artistic Gymnasts and have an age range of 11 – 46!   We love performing in display as it provides us a creative platform with no pressure of competition.  Our team of 37 are excited to showcase our Scottish Themed routine to gymnasts from all over the world, as well as the wonderful people of Dornbirn.  We are honoured to be representing Great Britain at the biggest gymnastics event in the World, and look forward to returning to a city venue that many of us have such fond memories of.

How many from your club are traveling?
37 gymnasts, three coaches and one safeguarding officer
What is the theme of your display?
The Beauty and Diversity of Scotland  

Have you been to World Gymnaestrada before?
Yes! Our club have been to seven previous Gymnaestrada events. 

What part of the trip are your team most excited about? 
We are most excited to perform our routine in and around Austria and we are excited to meet teams from all over the world! 

Irvine Bay are proud to be part of the GB delegation participating in World Gymnaestrada. Our display team was one of the first sections of the club when it was founded in 2009, and we have since performed at festivals and displays across the UK & Europe. Since 2009, the club has grown enormously and competes across the UK & Europe in acro, TeamGym & tumbling. The club's motto is Gymnastics for All, Gymnastics for Life - Irvine Bay is fully committed to this giving opportunity to everyone from pre-school to adults, disability gymnasts and Team GB gymnasts. It's all about providing opportunities and we're excited for this latest opportunity for our gymnasts.

How many from your club are traveling?
There are 16 of us in total

What is the theme of your display?
Our Display is entitled "Fame!" and is all about using reality TV to get famous

Have you been to World Gymnaestrada before?
This is our second Gymnaestrada, the last one was 2015 in Helsinki. Three of the gymnasts and two coaches attended that one, for everyone else this is the first time!

What part of the trip are your team most excited about? 
We are super excited about the mass displays - GBR & World Team. We performed the World Team in 2015 and it was the most incredible experience performing with so many different nationalities. We are also looking forward to pin swapping and meeting new friends from around the world.

The team for World Gymnestrada is made up from our full membership, it was open to everyone if they wanted to go...including the parents! 

How many from your club are travelling? 
14 gymnasts, two coaches and one safeguarding officer, as well as the parents! 

What is the theme of your display?
Our routine is an adaptation of our Scottish Tutu’s routine

Have you been to World Gymnaestrada before? 
This is Jump’s first time at World Gynaestrada! 

What part of the trip are your team most excited about? 
The overall experience, we’re unique are our parents are part of the delegation party and are going to be there every step of the way! It’s going to be a fantastic experience for our gymnasts and their families! 



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Posted on 13/06/2019 in Acrobatic

Mental Fitness for Young Gymnasts

Scottish Gymnastics is prioritising a new area of work around developing a mental fitness curriculum to support coaches, athletes and parents in the system. 

With one in 10 children and young people in Scotland being clinically diagnosed as having a mental illness, and as part of Scottish Gymnastics' ongoing commitment to safeguarding, we are rolling out a programme of support across our performance and pathway activity. 

Equally, the mental wellbeing of coaches in our sport is important to us.  Given increased media coverage of the links between performance sport, and wider sport in general, to mental health/wellbeing, and with Mental Health Awareness Week last month, it is increasingly important we work together to support this area of work.      

We have developed in partnership with Thrive Scotland, bespoke educational workshops for coaches, athletes and parents to be delivered over the coming months. We are kicking off the education programme by providing coaches workshops first which are open only to coaches attached to athletes in our NPP/PPP across all disciplines; further details are outlined below. Details of parents/athletes sessions will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Mental Fitness for young gymnasts – Coaches' Workshop

Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:   FREE (refreshments will be provided; attendees to bring own lunch)
Tutors: Pamela Finch and Doug Sharp (Thrive Scotland)
Dates: 19th June (East - Caledonia House, Edinburgh) OR 
26th June (West - Garfield House Hotel, Glasgow) OR  
6th September (North - Abertay University, Dundee) 
(please note you only need to attend one of the dates

Summary of session:

Development of a supportive mindset, practical coping strategies and resilience are not only key in enhancing performance but are also vital in ensuring the emotional wellbeing and mental fitness of young people.  But would you know how to cultivate mental fitness in the young gymnasts you work with? 

Focusing on core themes of Clarity, Connection, Communication and Competence, this interactive workshop introduces delegates to key principle around mental fitness – What is it? Why is it important? How can we promote it? 

Throughout the day, practicing mental health experts will support delegates to explore ways in which mental fitness tools can be incorporated into current practice in a meaningful way and provide immersive learning opportunities to gain first-hand experience putting some of these tools in action.

Learning outcomes:

Be introduced to the concept of mental fitness as a part of mental wellbeing
Gain understanding of mental wellbeing frameworks in Scotland and the role that sport plays within these
Explore the ways in which mental fitness levels affect athletes and coaches alike including signs that an athlete may be struggling
Explore the link between mental fitness and safeguarding children and young people
Explore the need to create an environment which encourages dialogue to support positive mental fitness and ways to do this
Identify key aspects of gymnastics which have potential to impact mental fitness of athletes
Identify current practices which have potential promote or compromise good mental fitness
Learn about and experience practical tools to promote mental fitness in themselves and the athletes they work with
Learn practical tools to support athletes in moments of emotional crisis

To book onto a course, please complete the booking form HERE 

Space is subject to a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please email performance@scottishgymnastics.org

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Posted on 10/06/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Seventy-eight trampoline, tumble and double mini trampoline (DMT) gymnasts represented the Scottish region at the Regional Team Finals at the Arena Birmingham last weekend.

Against 13 other regions from across the United Kingdom the Scottish regional DMT team earned top spot for the fourth year running. The tumbling team earnt a well-deserved second place with the trampolining team coming a respectable seventh place.

Congratulations to all gymnasts and coaches on fantastic results!

> All team results

Individual results

Pictured are the DMT coaches with the winning trophy.

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Posted on 29/05/2019 in Acrobatic


Scottish Gymnastics has today named its new chief executive officer as Doc McKelvey. 

Doc joins the organisation from Tennis Scotland where he has been head of development since August 2014. He previously worked for Scottish Rugby in a number of development roles for the governing body and Edinburgh Rugby.  

Doc said: “Scottish Gymnastics has seen significant growth over the last number of years and I am privileged to be joining as CEO at this exciting time. 

“I am looking forward to working with the team as well as the clubs, volunteers, coaches, officials and gymnasts that make the sport what it is. I am sure that together we can continue the growth and development of all aspects of gymnastics across the country as we move into the next phase of our strategic plan.”

Scott Harper, Chair of the Scottish Gymnastics Board, said: “On behalf of Scottish Gymnastics, I am delighted to welcome Doc to the team. He brings with him a broad range of leadership skills and experience from his different roles and responsibilities in sport in Scotland.

“Doc joins us at the start of the second phase of our 12-year strategy to lead the team which continues to build, evaluate and develop gymnastics with our long-term vision of a strong Scottish Gymnastics, inspiring and nurturing emerging talent.”

Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland CEO, added: “We are delighted for Doc and wish him the very best in his new role. He has played a significant role with tennis in Scotland during a period of year on year growth. Doc will be a major asset in this leadership role for Scottish Gymnastics over the years to come.”

Doc will join Scottish Gymnastics in September.

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Posted on 08/05/2019 in Acrobatic


Twelve young people have been selected to form the first ever Scottish Gymnastics Youth Forum.

The group will represent the voice of children and young people in gymnastics in Scotland and meet with Scottish Gymnastics staff to give their views on specific topics. The members are aged between 10 and 24, are gymnasts and coaches from across disciplines, and include a Commonwealth Games gymnast and a Special Olympian.

The young people were invited to join the panel after a recruitment session where they had one-to-one interviews and a group task, in which they discussed then presented their ideas on how to improve gymnastics in Scotland to the selection panel of staff and board members.

The morning’s session was really inspiring and the applicants were overflowing with great chat and ideas, and the Scottish Gymnastics team is now looking forward to listening to more of their views.  During the first year, they will meet four times to discuss participation, safeguarding, events, and coaching.

Congratulations to our forum members and we look forward meeting up and working with you!

Abbie Bryson
Alistair Kemley
Amy Chambers
Emily Richardson
Farah Waddell
Jack Gibson
Kirsty McLean
Madeleine Anderson
Millie Aitken 
Niamh Stupart 
Phoebe Cameron
Vicky Clow 

The first meeting on Saturday 1 June is all about participation, including what makes gymnastics fun for everyone and what makes a great club. 

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Posted on 25/04/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


Seven gymnasts from Scotland have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Scalabis Cup in Santarem, Portugal from 4 -6 July.

In double mini trampoline (DMT) Ava Fettes from Banchory Trampoline Club has been selected in the U14 girls category while club-mates Kim Beattie and Ciara Donlevy (Banchory / City of Edinburgh) will compete in the open women competition alongside Caitlin O’Brien from City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club.

Keir Davidson from Tiggers Trampoline Club has been selected to compete in the trampoline competition.

Sapphire Gymnastics Club’s Sophie Campbell will compete in the U12 girls category while club-mate Darcy Tierney will be in the U14 girls competition.

Good luck to all our gymnasts who have been selected to represent Great Britain!

> Find out more about Scalabis cup

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Posted on 16/04/2019 in Acrobatic


Scottish Gymnastics annual Easter School attracted 211 delegates to locations across the country, from the Isle of Lewis and Aberdeen in the north to Dumfries (pictured) in the south, and Lasswade in-between! (pictured below)

In total 18 courses were delivered by 13 tutors, ranging from Learn to Coach up to level 3 across a variety of disciplines.

We hope everyone enjoyed their educational courses!

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Posted on 26/03/2019 in Acrobatic

CEO to leave Scottish Gymnastics

Scottish Gymnastics Chief Executive Euan Lowe is leaving Scottish Gymnastics to join another leading sporting body.
He has today been announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Swimming and will take up his new role in June.
Euan took over as CEO of Scottish Gymnastics in 2014 and has led the organisation through an important period at the start of its ambitious 12-year strategy. With the expertise and guidance from staff, and the support of passionate people in member clubs, he has helped strengthen the sport in this country, with membership rising from 17,500 to over 30,000, and annual turnover growing to £2.2m.
Euan said: “This was not an easy decision for me, but it is an incredible opportunity to work with another leading sporting body which I could not miss.
“I feel privileged to have had a part in the growth of gymnastics in Scotland with a hard-working team of staff, board and dedicated volunteers. For me, a sport is all about its clubs and the people involved, and I’d like to thank everyone for the past four and a half years, and wish you continued success.”
Scott Harper, Chair of the Scottish Gymnastics Board, said: “I would like to thank Euan for his tremendous contribution to Scottish Gymnastics. He was appointed at a critical time for gymnastics in Scotland and was tasked with putting our long-term vision for the sport into action.
“He has led the organisation through the first phase of our ambitious plans, and with his team, established a strong platform from which to deliver our 12 year-strategy. We look forward to that work continuing with Euan’s successor, building on these foundations, to deliver our objectives on behalf of our members.”
Speaking about Euan’s new role, Graeme Marchbank, Chair of the Scottish Swimming Board, said: “Euan has demonstrated the leadership, experiences and qualities that Scottish Swimming requires to ensure it continues to develop excellence in all areas of our work. He also has the vision and innovation to develop and implement Scottish Swimming’s next strategic plan, which will run from 2021. 
“With a clear understanding of governing bodies I believe that Euan has the right set of skills and experience to lead the organisation into and through its next exciting period of development, and I am delighted to welcome him to the team on behalf of the Scottish Swimming staff, board and council.”

Photo: PSB Photo

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Posted on 21/03/2019 in Trampoline & DMT


More than 600 trampoline, tumble and DMT gymnasts were in action at the NDP Regional Team Qualifier in Perth last weekend.

At this competition gymnasts were looking to earn qualifying scores for the Scottish National Trampoline, Tumble and DMT Championships as well as qualify for the Regional Team Finals in Birmingham where they will represent the Scottish region.  

Congratulations to all those who qualified for both events!


Gymnasts who have qualified for Regional Team Finals: 

>Trampoline Gymnasts

>Tumble Gymnasts 

>DMT Gymnasts 

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