Posted on 11/12/2019 in Rhythmic
Allander Gymnastics Club held their first ever Rankin Memorial Floor and Vault Competition on Sunday 8 December.
The club renamed their annual two-piece competition in honour of Chris Rankin who passed away in June. Chris was awarded a lifetime achievement award from Scottish Gymnastics last year and made a lasting impression on the club and all who knew him in the sport.
The competition with 280 gymnasts raised a phenomenal £8,928.20 for the Beatson Cancer Charity in his honour!
Calum McNair from Beatson Cancer Charity said: "On behalf of Beatson Cancer Charity I would like to thank Allander Gymnastics Club for their incredible support.
"Without the club’s generosity, we couldn’t support the 8,000 new patients and their families who walk through the doors of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre every year. Because of this, we can say to all those patients and families, ‘We’re with you’.”
As well as donations and discounts from many businesses large and small, there were teas, coffees, baking stall, raffle and tombola. The judges and Allander coaches donated their fees for the day to the charity.
Chris’s family attended the competition and presented the medals. The club expects to raise a good amount for the charity once all monies have been collected and thank all who helped make it a successful day.
Amanda Boucher from Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club said: "Irvine Bay were delighted to be part of this fantastic event. Chris Rankin was a legend in gymnastics. His enthusiasm, encouragement and passion for the sport, touched all who met him. It was an honour and a privilege to be part of an event dedicated to his memory. Chris's legacy will be the love for the sport he passed on, embodied in the smiles from all the gymnasts throughout the day. We're so glad we could be part of it".
Image: South Ayrshire 10 & 11years team, winners of the Rankin Memorial Team Shield (for the highest team score of the day), along with Irvine Bay 10 & 11 years team silver medallists. Pictured with Chris's daughter, Aileen Rankin and Calum McNair from the Beatson Cancer Charity.
Thanks to Margaret Zoma for sharing the pictures and story.