Posted on 27/06/2017 in Acrobatic


Two groups of rhythmic gymnasts from Scotland have qualified for the British Championships for the first time.

The West Lothian groups qualified for the championships which take place 27 to 30 July through a seeding competition earlier this year. 

The coaches for the groups are Liz McNeil, Violeta Staeva and Claire Cumberford, who are understably proud of the achievement, saying: “"They have worked really hard to qualify for the British Championships in July.  

“Now the training really begins to start working even harder for two new routines and perfecting and adding new skills to make the original routines to a higher standard and value.  We are all very excited and can't wait to compete in the Liverpool Echo Arena."

The groups pictured are:
Espoir group (in orange); left, Arina Vaidre; front, Emma Anderson; back, Maria Victoria Murray; right, Darja Derugina

Junior Group (in pink and green), left to right: Amy Lewis, Chloe Boyd, Polina Derugina, Beth Williamson, Lily Wilson

Due to other commitments, the junior group will travel to the championships with Connie Watt instead of Beth Williamson, while the Espoir group is unable to take their place in Liverpool.

Meanwhile, the Acrobatic British Championships take place at the same time, with a number of groups travelling from Scottish clubs to compete.

> Full list of Scottish competitors

The groups recently competed at the Scottish National FIG Championships & Team Championships. You can read the report and see the results here.

Congratulations to all the gymnasts who qualified for both the Acrobatic and Rhythmic British Championships and good luck to those competing.

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