Ron Rodger

Posted on 14/01/2021 in Club News

Ron Rodger

Scottish Gymnastics is saddened to hear of the death of long-standing member, Ron Rodger. He was 90.

Ron was committed to the sport for 70 years, first as a gymnast then a coach. In 1969, he opened Cumbernauld Gymnastics Club. He was presented a lifetime achievement award in the Scottish Gymnastics 125th anniversary celebration year.

At that time, Ron was still coaching and demonstrating the Indian clubs which used to be part of a gymnastics competition. He also attended and handed out medals at Scottish gymnastic events. He was invited to run with the Commonwealth Games baton through Cumbernauld ahead of Glasgow 2014.

Ron hit the headlines when celebrating his 82nd birthday on parallel bars in the gym and was featured in Scottish national newspapers showing the skills which never left him since discovering gymnastics aged 20. The three-time British veteran champion was still training twice a week although he said he was not quite as good as he was in his prime at the age of 75! 

Scottish Gymnastics’ Lorna Whyte, who was formerly a Scottish squad gymnast, added: “I knew Ron for over 35 years.  He was one of the most warm, friendly helpful individuals I have ever met.  Always such a gentleman with a super smile lighting up his whole face.”

When he was presented with his lifetime achievement award in 2015, Ron said: “This is the final achievement for me now.” He will be remembered with respect for his lifetime of commitment and contribution to gymnastics, and for all his achievements.

Our thoughts are with Ron’s family and friends at this sad time.

Tribute from Robert Callahan MBE
Scottish Gymnastics member and former director

Ron Rogers the legend.

It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Ron yesterday. He was the last remaining member of the Scottish formers gymnastics team who brought joy to our events with their Indian clubs routine.

After a long career as a gymnast, Ron became an ever present spectator at our national competitions after he was awarded a well-deserved honorary membership of the sport he loved.

He was always charming the ladies with his one liners, the most famous being, "what’s the difference between an egg and a cuddle? You can beat an egg but you cannae beat a cuddle!" 

Ron was happy to spend the whole weekend at competitions meeting old friends and presenting medals. Always dressed with his blazer and honorary medal he enjoyed every minute he was there.

Ron was still coaching up until very recently even trying to convert Falkirk Boys Club gymnasts to give Indian clubs a try.

Ron will be missed by his family and the many members of our gymnastics community and has now joined the other former members of the Indian clubs team, Pat English, Gordon Forster and Chris Rankin in their heavenly gym in the sky.

Robert Callahan MBE


Image: courtesy of PSB Photography

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