Loulé Cup 2023 | 4 Medals Brought Home by Scottish Gymnasts
A sixteen strong team of trampoline, tumbling and double-mini trampoline gymnasts competed across three days at the 2023 Loulé Cup in Portugal, returning to Scotland with four medals.
Held in the Loulé Municipal Sport Centre from the 12 to 14 October, gymnasts represented Scotland in the sixteenth edition of this international competition.
The competition was off to a flying start on day one with Olivia Fox (Durham) qualify in fifth place in the 13-14 women’s tumbling, going on to secure a silver medal in the final. Charlotte McGregor (Kingston) made it through to the finals in the same category improving her qualification score to finish in sixth.
In the under 13 female tumbling Emily MacDuff (Kingston) and Eve Donnely (Dynamite) both improved on their qualification scores making it to the first round of finals. Both gymnasts finished with an overall score of 18.900, however with an execution score of 17.300, Emily finished in fifth with Eve following in sixth with an execution score of 16.800.
Continually building on his scores from qualification through to the medal finals saw Kayden Carson from East Kilbride win the silver medal in the junior mens tumbling competition.
Amber Cameron returned for the second time to Loulé Cup, bouncing through qualifications and finals she scored 21.900, bringing home the bronze medal.
Holly Allfrey (City of Edinburgh) returned after finishing sixth place in 2022, to the junior female double-mini trampoline (DMT) competition. Improving her qualification score by a staggering 3.500 marks from last year with two runs each scoring 23.200, Holly finished qualifications in second. She finished in fifth overall, narrowly missing out on going on to compete for a medal.
Senior female DMT gymnast, Amy Kristofferson from Scotia missed out finals by .500, finishing in eleventh with a qualifying score of 45.300.
Called up from team reserve position, Harvey Houliston (Two Foot Higher) went through qualifications on the second day of competition securing his place in round one of finals. Finishing his time in Portugal seventh overall in the junior mens DMT competition.
Also stepping up from reserve position, Oscar Birrel competed alongside Flyers teammate Leo Davidson in the senior mens DMT earning scores of 24.200 and 24.600 respectively. Jake Black (Two Foot Higher) put out two runs in qualification placing him twelfth overall in the same category.
In the under 13 female trampoline category, Emily Buist (Flyers) respectively finished sixteenth out of almost fifty gymnasts. Competing in the same category, we saw Amelia McAuley of Alba making it into finals and finishing seventh. Rowan Davidson from Flyers competed in the age category above her teammate Emily and put out a qualifying score of 83.400.
Junior men Callum Neil and Aiden Ward, both from Sparta, competed well individually. However, combining their scores with two gymnasts from Northern Ireland for the team competition earned them the top spot on the podium bringing home gold.
Congratulations to all of gymnasts who competed and to all who represented the delegation on the international stage.
You can view the full results from the competition, and discover more about the performance programmes for trampoline, DMT and tumbling below.