1990 - 1995

Marking the first major milestone for the association, 1990 saw a series of events across Scotland to show the legacy of gymnastics to that point. Based in offices in Falkirk, the association was continuing to grow and Alex Strachan, the president during this year set up a timetable of visits, promotional events, fundraising activities and displays in order to showcase the very best of Scottish gymnastics, and the vision for the future of the association.

A presentation dinner in Alloa launched the centenary celebrations on the 9th of January, and also launched an iconic ‘car marathon’ in Perth – where representatives from various areas of Scottish gymnastics took off around the country to visit as many clubs as they possibly could in order to raise over £3,500 for the newly created ‘gymnast fund’. This fund aimed to help young gymnasts and also provided funding for special events and new national international competitions. From the 4th-7th May, a centenary Gymfest was held in Perth with a pageant of historical gymnastics displays. In Glasgow, a centenary acrobatics invitational competition was held at Kelvinhall on the 16th June, with participants coming from all over the UK and celebrations continuing at an organised reunion dinner after the competition. The European Special Olympics were held in the Strathclyde region from the 20th-27th July with gymnasts competing and training together. September marked the end of the festivities, with centenary award dinners being held in most regions and a unique book of the 100 year anniversary being created and published.

This period saw increased desire to support the sport, with funding coming from a number of new partners and sponsors. This allowed for a national team of gymnasts to be selected to represent Scotland at the 1990 Auckland commonwealth games as well as a team being sent to the World School Games in Bruges for the first time.

Following successes at both of these competitions, Robert Callahan MBE established a Northern European Championship structure to enable Scottish gymnasts to compete in an international competition without the dominance of highly successful English teams. In 1993 the Scottish veterans’ competition structure was created, in order to allow older gymnasts to become involved in the sport either as returning participants or beginners.  

1994 can also be marked as highly successful year, with Louise Martin taking over as the first female president of the sport and also taking the role as the head of the council, which would work above the representatives of the disciplines on technical panels. At the commonwealth games in Victoria in 1994, Scotland also received their first commonwealth medal, in the form of a rhythmic gymnastics bronze from Joanne Walker.