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The achievements of some of the most inspirational people in the Scottish gymnastics community were celebrated at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh on Saturday, 12 November 2016 with sports presenter, Jane Lewis, presenting the awards. 

From outstanding elite gymnasts proudly taking medals on the UK stage to the passionate workforce and volunteers dedicated to delivering the sport, the Scottish Gymnastics 2016 Awards ceremony were a fantastic celebration honouring those that play such a crucial role in furthering gymnastics in Scotland.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

Coach of the Year

Nominees: Tracey Brown – Saltire Team Gymnastics; John Campbell – West Lothian Artistic; Wendy Lucas - Hamilton Gymnastics Club; Sandra Stevenson – City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club

Winner: John Campbell
Held in the highest regard by his club mates, John is described as a “hard-working, loyal individual whose commitment to gymnastics and young people is second to none”. 

John is head men’s coach at West Lothian Artistic, which he has been a member of for the last 18 years, and is qualified in Level 4 Men’s Artistic and Level 3 Women’s Artistic. This year, two of John’s gymnasts won Scottish titles; u12 and u14. He also coached Aidan Jordaan to gold medal position in the London Open, from which Aidan was invited to a special British Gymnastics reward camp at Lilleshall.

Young Coach of the Year

Nominees: Lindsey Williamson – Beacon Gymnastics Club; Rachael Walker - Saltire Team Gymnastics; Stephen Tonge – West Lothian Artistic GC

Winner: Rachael Walker 
Rachael currently holds UKCC Level 2 TeamGym, UKCC Level 1 Pre-school and Danish Level 2 TeamGym qualifications. Rachael began coaching early as a volunteer helper due to injury and attended every ‘in-house’ CPD session run by the club or local authority at every opportunity. 

Now 18, she leads the club’s physical preparation sessions and uses regular fitness testing to track gymnasts’ improvement.  Known for her superb technical knowledge as well as her handling and supporting of skills, Rachael ensures she has the most up-to-date knowledge to use in the gym, and is dedicated to keeping her gymnasts engaged and motivated.

Official of the Year

Nominees: Margaret Kerr – Saltire Team Gymnastics; Kay Ross – City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club; Andrew Webb (non-club)

Winner: Margaret Kerr 
Margaret is a Brevet Judge and National Judging Convenor for TeamGym for both Scottish and British Gymnastics. She has also judged at events across Europe, including the Danish Championships in 2015 and the Junior and Senior Swedish Championships in the same year. 

An enthusiastic advocate of sharing her experiences, Margaret has delivered a range of judging courses, specialising in TeamGym and Scottish Schools judging. Widely acclaimed for her dedication to gymnastics, Margaret is committed to ensuring the highest standard of officiating. 

Senior Gymnast of the Year

Nominees: Caitlin O’Brien – City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club; Daniel Purvis – Southport Gymnastics Club; Kendal Smith – Saltire Team Gymnastics 

Winner: Daniel Purvis
Selected as a member of the team to represent Great Britain at the 2015 World Championships, artistic gymnast, Daniel won team silver, placed 7th all-around and 5th in the floor final. In 2016 he retained his Scottish Championships all-around title, won all-around silver at the British Championships and team silver at the European Championships.

Instantly recognisable to other gymnasts due to his spectacular success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and World Championships in 2015, Daniel continues to champion the sport and lead by example, showing the rewards that hard work and commitment can bring.

Junior Gymnast of the Year

Nominees: Anna Hollins – Largs Gymnastics Club; Aidan Jordaan – West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club; Fraser McLeod – Saltire Team Gymnastics 

Joint Winners: Aidan Jordaan & Fraser McLeod 

Aidan Jordaan - It’s been another successful year for Aidan, who placed second at both the Scottish and British Club Grades. He won the vault final and an overall third at the Scottish Championships and first place at the London Open Development Competition. Currently on the Scottish Gymnastics Pathways Programme, Aidan has trained with some of Britain’s best gymnasts at South Essex Gymnastics Club. Aidan’s excellent progress in his British ranking is down to strong coaching, self-belief and dedication, which can be seen in the fact that he has increased his training hours from 10 hours to more than 20 hours per week.

A committed gymnast who loves his sport, Aidan is seen as a role model for his fellow club members with a strong work ethic and his sights firmly set on competing at Commonwealth and Olympic level. 

Fraser McLeod - In a strong year, Fraser won first place at the Scottish TeamGym Open, and was selected for the North Zonal training squad in the junior mixed team before being successfully selected for the GB National Squad and represented GB at the 2016 European TeamGym Championships in Slovenia, in the lead up to the 2016 European Championships. 

Fraser trains up to six days a week, sometimes taking on two sessions per day.  His personal achievements and skill development over the past 18 months have been hailed as exemplary and he continues to make good progress. Keen to support teammates and raise the profile of gymnastics, he took part in a visit to the local Rotary Club and gave a presentation on squad gymnastics and being involved in training camps and his vision for the future. 

Volunteer of the Year

Nominees: Amanda Boucher – Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club; Caroline Jarvis – Astro West Lothian Gymnastics Club; Sonny Rhind – Fyrish Gymnastics Club; Wendy Purdie – West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club

Winner: Amanda Boucher
Amanda is responsible for the day-to-day running of both The Flipside and Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club and also volunteers as head coach. Qualified in multiple gymnastics disciplines, Amanda also travels across the UK to volunteering as a judge. 

Additionally she is panel chair for the Men’s Artistic Technical Panel and volunteers at large sporting events including the World Championships. This year, Amanda also took on a role as Team Manager for the Artistic Celtic Cup and a role for the Special Olympics as Competition Organiser in Artistic Gymnastics.

Club of the Year sponsored by Milano Pro Sport, producers of gymnastics clothing
Nominees:  Acrobay Gymnastics Club; City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club; Fyrish Gymnastics Club; Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club; West Lothian Gymnastics Club

Winner: Acrobay Gymnastics Club
Acrobay Gymnastics Club continues to grow from its humble beginnings of just 20 gymnasts when it began 10 years ago. It opened its own dedicated facility in June, seeing its membership triple from 200 to 600 within two months. Working closely with the local community council in Rosyth in Fife, Acrobay has developed strong community links, regularly taking part in local displays, participating in fundraising events and offering taster sessions to bring more children into gymnastics. 

The club’s competition squad has grown over the years, with success at British level and a partnership trial for the British squad. Committed to all acrobatic competitions, Acrobay enters a full squad of gymnasts who compete at all levels and has at least two judges volunteering at competitions. Acrobay gymnasts have also taken part in the Celtic Cup, ensuring it has stayed in Scotland in the past few years. 

Special Recognition Award 

Winners: Joan Foulner from Saltire TeamGym; John Hill from Urban Gymnastics, East Kilbride; John Wills from Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club.

Joan Foulner has been involved in Gymnastics for 30+ years, as an interested parent then Women’s Artistic coach and judge; Chairperson for the Disabilities Panel in Scotland, competition organiser, treasurer and general expert. 

By virtue of her organisational skills, knowledge and ability to communicate clearly and succinctly, Joan has influenced and encouraged many individuals to join both coaching and judging within their chosen discipline of gymnastics.  She has mentored and guided them, built their confidence (sometimes over years) to successfully qualify and is a remarkable ambassador for Scottish Gymnastics and in particular for Disabilities gymnastics.

John Hill is not only an outstanding mentor, coach, and tutor but also a leader, serving as an extraordinary role model to other coaches, as well as an inspiration to gymnasts. 

Although now in his 70s he continues to coach in the sport he loves and has made a significant contribution to Acro coaching in Scotland for well over 30 years.  John has recruited and nurtured hundreds of talented development gymnasts during his coaching career and has shaped many of them into competitive gymnasts at Scottish, British and International level. 

John has worked at four different clubs, spending numerous years as Scottish Acrobatic National Coach and a tutor of level 1-3. He was also a High Performance Coach at Glasgow School of Sport until his retirement. 

John has played a major part not only getting gymnasts to the highest level but also moulding coaches who from his guidance continue to produce elite level gymnasts of their own. 

John Wills is a High Performance Coach in both trampolining and double-mini-trampolining, John is also a brevet and national judge in each of the disciplines respectively. As well as dedicating much of his time to the Scottish Gymnastics Trampoline Technical Panel for a number of years, and tutoring and examining on behalf of the organisation, John runs his own club, Banchory Trampoline & DMT Club. 

In recent years John has been instrumental in the development of double-mini-trampolining within Scotland. As well as participation in the discipline increasing, Scottish gymnasts are now proving themselves on the British stage. At the 2015 NDP Regional Team Finals, Scotland ranked in 2nd place for double-mini-trampolining, and went on to win the title earlier this year. 

John is described by his peers as a “dedicated, modest and humble” man, and an outstanding ambassador for the sport.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winners: Margaret Brady-Scollon from Cumbernauld and John Beeton.

Margaret Brady-Scollon - From a proud mum watching her girls train with Ron Rodger, and becoming involved in the Cumbernauld Gymnastics Club, which she went on to lead and run, this continues some 40 years later, even after her daughters stopped training. 

Over the years, she has coached many successful gymnasts who have won numerous titles, including Sinead Lyons who won seven Senior Championships in a row and was National Coach to the Scottish squad for many years, all done as a volunteer at a time when it was inconceivable that coaches could be paid. 

Her career highlights are many and include: being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1990; fulfilling a dream she and Dave Scollon shared to have a purpose-built facility for Cumbernauld GC; creating a renowned invitational international event, the Goodwill Classique and still to this day hosting competitions for all levels of gymnasts with the ‘Broadwood Booster’ and the ‘Celebration of Life’ events. 

What a truly lifetime of achievement and only fitting that Scottish Gymnastics should honour her. 

John Beeton – Having recently won the Frank Edmonds Trophy at the recent British Gymnastics National Awards held in Leicester in October, Scottish Gymnastics too wish to honour John with a lifetime achievement award.

John has dedicated more than 50 years to trampolining and has been a prominent feature on the international judging circuit, including been Chair of the Judges when trampolining made its Olympic debut at Sydney 2000. He has judged at nearly every world and European Championships over the past 25 years. 

Highly regarded throughout the world of trampoline, John has an incredible knowledge of the sports history. An FIG judge, a head of department and a team manager taking many teams abroad, are just a few of the roles John has undertaken over the years. 

There have been many highlights of John's illustrious judging career, which are too many to list; however Scottish Gymnastics is proud to recognise all of these achievements.

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