Posted on 20/03/2015 in Acrobatic
Ahead of the Team Scotland delegation departing for Ireland to compete in the 2015 Acrobatic Celtic Cup (Saturday 21st March), Scottish Gymnastics spoke with Acrobatic Technical Panel chair and former national squad coach Dominic Young.
Q. Team Scotland go in to this weekend’s 2015 Acrobatic Celtic Cup having been crowned champions for the previous 2 consecutive years. What are your goals/expectations for the event?
A. The gymnasts representing Scotland at the Celtic Cup should enjoy the experience and endeavour to perform to the best of their abilities. They have already shown their skill and competence at their respective levels at the recent Scottish Championships and should now use this competition as another opportunity to showcase their talents.
Q. Are there any Scottish partnerships in particular who we should we look out for?
A. All partnerships performed extremely well at the recent Scottish Championships. In addition, the judges and audience at the Celtic Cup will see stand out performances from Acrobay’s FIG 12-18 women’s group and Kilmarnock’s FIG 12-18 mixed pair who both performed excellent routines at the Scottish Championships.
Q. The 2015 Scottish Acrobatic Championships were held across 2 days (14/15th March) for the first time in recent history, how do you feel the sport in this country has been progressing?
A. It was great to see a substantial increase in the number of gymnasts competing at the Scottish Championships this year. This is proof that the discipline continues to grow across Scotland. Scottish clubs have obtained medals at the NDP Finals and British Championships and Pat Wade Classic competitions over recent years. We as a gymnastics community need to utilise the substantial base of gymnasts competing in the sport to increase the number of medals Scottish clubs obtain at the above and international competitions.
Q. As newly appointed Chair of the Acrobatic Technical Panel what is your vision for acrobatic gymnastics in Scotland in the coming years?
A. Scottish Gymnastics has been working with the Technical Panel and National Coaches in developing a new Performance Programme for Scottish clubs. This is aimed at providing coaches and gymnasts a programme of activities designed to increase the quality of performance at NDP and FIG level. Plans are still at the preparation stage however Scottish Gymnastics and the Technical Panel hope to provide the community with further details during the summer 2015. There is a tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the discipline across Scotland and we as a community need to harness this effectively to allow each and every gymnast to fulfil their potential.
The 2015 Acrobatic Celtic Cup will be held on Saturday 21st March at the University of Limerick, Ireland.