Posted on 29/06/2017 in Men's Artistic


There was a red carpet welcome for the HRH Earl of Wessex this week when he visited the sportscotland National Training Centre Inverclyde.

The Earl, Prince Edward popped in to see our artistic national performance programme gymnasts at a training session led by Commonwealth Games Lead Coaches Marius Gherman and Sandra Stevenson. He is the vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, as well as Royal Patron of the British Paralympic Association.

The Earl was introduced to some of the gymnasts and coaches by Scottish Gymnastics Performance Manager, Jamie Bowie, who is also the gymnastics team manager for Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018. 

One of those he spoke to was City of Glasgow’s Adam Logan, who said: “He came over and asked us how we were and how training was. Then he started talking about the pit and how it was hard to get out of, but nice and safe for learning in.”

Cara Kennedy also chatted to the Prince: “He asked how often we train here and asked if we’d been to the Commonwealth Games before and if we’d train more often in the run up to the Gold Coast Games.”

Prince Edward was relaxed and laughed with the group, and understandably, did not join in training, although he was interested in the apparatus, as Carly Smith tells us: “He asked about the beam and if we needed to be really confident. He said he’d fall right down! We were working on the line on the floor and wanted to know if that was similar to being on the beam and how we work up to the high beam.”

The Earl also met with other athletes from boccia, judo, disability badminton, and sailing during his visit to Largs.

Image of our NPP gymnasts and coaches with HRH Earl of Wessex: copyright Devlin Photos Ltd, courtesy of sportscotland

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