Posted on 04/06/2019 in Men's Artistic


Scottish Gymnastics is saddened to learn of the death of honorary life member, Chris Rankin.

Chris was recognised with a lifetime achievement award at last year’s Scottish Gymnastics Awards for his contribution to the sport over seven decades as a gymnast, coach, judge, tutor, mentor, board member and chair of the men’s technical panel. 

Starting at Glasgow Central Club as a gymnast, Chris was a Scottish junior champion before moving in to coaching. He became head coach at a number of clubs, coaching national champions and the national squad. A highlight of his judging career was to represent Scotland at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Chris was chair of the men’s technical panel at a time of rapid expansion in gymnastics. After retiring from the national scene, Chris continued to coach and mentor coaches at Allander Gymnastics Club. He was generous with his time, sharing his knowledge of the sport and expertise with others.

Chris died peacefully at home yesterday, with all his children around him.

Robert Callahan, his long-term friend, said: “It is a very sad loss for us and all those who have known him for so long. 

“He was a great guy and always making you laugh. He always had a story to tell as his knowledge and memory of gymnastics was second to none, picking out facts from years ago as though it was yesterday.

“Chris was a great mentor to lots of coaches over the years, and is a great loss to the whole gymnastics community. We’ll really miss him.”

Scottish Gymnastics' thoughts are with Chris’ family and friends at this difficult time.  

Chris funeral will be held at Clydebank Crematorium on Thursday 13 June at 3:30pm

Chris with his lifetime achievement award, and with his family and friends in November 2018, photographed by Rebecca Lee.

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