Posted on 29/03/2017 in Men's Artistic
With just over a year to the Commonwealth Games in Australia, artistic gymnasts are already setting their sights securing a place in Team Scotland.
The Scottish National Artistic Championships provided their first chance to reach the selection standards in phase one of the qualification process which runs until September. For both men and women in this phase, they need to reach the standard in a minimum of two pieces of apparatus, or with their all-around score. After September, gymnasts will enter the second phase of qualification and will look to achieve further scores in their bid to be considered for Gold Coast 2018.
Dan Purvis, who won three medals at Glasgow 2014, has so far reached the qualification standard on parallel bars, pommel horse, and floor at the Scottish, and again at the British on the parallel bars as he continues to come back from injury. His clubmate Frank Baines, who was part of that silver medal winning team from the Glasgow Games, has also secured two marks on floor and pommel horse.
Pavel Karnejenko secured the all-around score at the 77.769 when winning the junior men’s title at the Scottish Championships in Perth earlier this month. The 17 year-old from City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club will be age eligible for Gold Coast 2018 as he turns 18 in the year of competition. His club mates, Scottish senior champion Kelvin Cham and David Weir have set qualifying marks on floor, vault and parallel bars.
Hamish Carter also qualified on floor and vault at last weekend’s British Championships, winning silver and bronze respectively in the Masters and bronze on both apparatus in the seniors event at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Carter, who trains with Lee Woolls at City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club, sought Scottish eligibility through his mother’s provenance which was recently granted by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
City of Glasgow’s Shannon Archer reached the all-around score on her way to becoming Scottish champion, while Sofia Ramzan (Dundee 2K) collected two scores on the apparatus in Perth with both hitting the all-around score at the British. Izzy Tolometti (Gairoch) also secured the all-around standard in Liverpool.
There are more opportunities for potential Team Scotland gymnasts to reach the phase one standard, such as Josh Lincoln, Cara Kennedy and Liam Davie who were injured at the Scottish and could only compete on limited pieces of apparatus, although Davie has achieved the standard on high bar. Isla Warr (Park Wrekin), Sarah McKenzie, Carly Smith and Megan Morrison (City of Glasgow) have all hit the qualifying score in the floor in Perth, but still need to reach the standard in a second piece of apparatus in order to progress to the second phase. Junior Scottish champion, Ellie Russell from West Lothian, also reached the score in the floor final at the British Championships.
Their next chance is at the English Championships next month in Loughborough, followed by the Women’s Artistic Adrian Stan Team Championships and London Open for women and men respectively, both in September.
Scottish Gymnastics will review the scores after the English Championships 2017, and has the ability to make adjustments to the scores outlined above to reflect the changes in the new code; any adjustments to selection standards will be made by 30 September 2017. The scores only apply to Senior Code competitions.