Posted on 24/09/2020 in Rhythmic
We are delighted to announce the winners of our competition with partner Quatro to design a special edition leotard celebrating our 130th birthday.
The winning boy’s and girl’s designs were created by talented brother and sister Cameron and Lucy Falconer who were inspired by iconic Scottish symbols of strength.
Cameron, who is 12 and a member of West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club, used The Kelpies sculptures in his winning boy’s design. The pattern on his leotard is found on the 30-metre high horse-head sculptures made from steel near Falkirk. He has also incorporated the Scottish Gymnastics anniversary logo stripe creating a strong and bold design.
Ten year-old Lucy from Hamilton Gymnastics Club, has designed her Celtic leotard incorporating the Dara knot which represents the roots of an oak tree and symbolises strength, and the trinity knot which symbolises inner strength. This stunning leotard also has lots of sparkle, accentuating the sublimated Celtic knot design.
Both winners have celebrated a birthday since entering the competition so were 11 and nine when they designed their leotards. The competition was judged in February after the closing date, but we delayed announcing the winners due to Covid-19. Lucy and Cameron are now celebrating their drawings coming to life, thanks to the design department at Quatro Leotards.
Speaking about his inspiration, Cameron said: “When I think of Scotland, I think of the Kelpies as they’re a landmark. They are big and strong like gymnasts. I’m happy and I like the design a lot.”
Lucy said: “I was looking at Scottish things like thistles and unicorns and then I saw Scottish jewellery and the Celtic knots. It’s really good I’m excited. It will be strange seeing people wearing the leotard in the gym!”
As well as seeing their designs come to life, Cameron and Lucy will each receive the leotard they designed.
You too can have these special edition Celtic Knot and Kelpies leotards from the Quatro shop in time for Christmas, if you place your order by October 16 to guarantee delivery. Any order received after this date will be delivered eight weeks from the order date.
Scottish Gymnastics head of performance Sam Hendrikson said: “It was heart-warming to see the creativity from our young members and such a high level of design. Everyone put so much thought into their drawings and we were particularly pleased to see so many entries for boy’s leotards.
“Congratulations to Cameron and Lucy. We judged the competition without looking at names and so it was a complete surprise when we realised our winning designs came from a brother and sister! The judging panel felt their bold designs featuring Scottish icons and symbolising strength were perfect to celebrate Scottish Gymnastics’ 130th birthday.
“Our thanks to Joanna and her team at Quatro for their support and bringing the designs to life. We cannot wait to see the actual leotards!”
Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We received around 70 entries which were all so different and imaginative. Our judging panel narrowed it down to nine finalists which included our youngest designer, Zoyah, aged just three and a half! Congratulations to our finalists:
Boyd Sibbring, Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club
Rebecca Stewart, Acrobay Gymnastics
Amelie Hill, CK Elite
Tara MacNab, Linlithgow School of Gymnastics
Holly Girvan, Meadowbank Gymnastics Club
Kira Mihhailova, Saltire Team Gymnastics
Zoyah Mihhailova, Saltire Team Gymnastics