Posted on 10/12/2020 in Rhythmic
Scottish Gymnastics submitted a proposal to sportscotland to pilot the return of our coaching assessments which has been approved.
The assessments will take place in the north east, south east and west of the country in January. Each pilot will have a limited number of learners and additional protocols to keep everyone in attendance safe.
We will be contacting those awaiting assessment if a suitable pilot is available and attendance will be optional. We will share further information about the additional protocols. Please do not worry if you are not contacted about the pilot assessments or if you cannot attend the dates. The successful running of the pilots will lead to a full return of assessments.
We also submitted other papers to sportscotland which were not approved.
Scottish Gymnastics proposed the continuation of gymnastics activity for under 13s in local authorities in Covid-19 protection level four.
After a number of discussions with sportscotland and the Scottish Government, we also submitted a a paper which was a formal submission to expand the performance athlete definition for non-Olympic disciplines. This covered a limited number of gymnasts who are being considered for selection by British Gymnastics for upcoming international championships. Under current Scottish Government criteria, the performance definition means gymnasts aiming for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games selection and Scottish-based GB gymnast in the Olympic programmes.
There are four gymnasts in TeamGym, double mini-trampoline, and tumbling who are currently impacted by travel and age restrictions which means they cannot train ahead of the European championships in April. There are four acrobatic partnerships unable to train together, with the world championships scheduled in May.
We are disappointed that approval has not been given by sportscotland Institute of Sport for these gymnasts to be included in the performance exemption through which they would have trained under the same protocols as those in Olympic disciplines. We understand this will continue to impact Scottish gymnasts gaining selection to represent Great Britain on the world stage and we are continuing to pursue this issue.
Along with other Scottish sport governing bodies, we are supporting sportscotland with their work on the relaxation of restrictions for over 18s activity in sport. Should this be successful, it should allow some performance athletes to resume non-contact training. The First Minister said in Tuesday’s briefing that the Scottish Government is considering the restrictions within each level over the next two weeks, and we hope sportscotland will be successful in their submission.