Scottish Gymnastics maintained the successes of previous eras during this time, increasing involvement and structure of development plans and reaching award winning governing body status in 1998, with new coaches, new facilities, new disciplines, more funding and crucially for the gymnasts taking part, more medals; the association was well on track to have a very successful start to the new millennium.
In 1995, the West of Scotland Institute for Sport was officially opened by Sportscotland at Inverclyde with specific gymnastics equipment and coaches being implemented to increase the numbers of top level gymnasts having access to world class facilities and training. Later in this period, in 1999, Scotland’s School for Sport at Bellahouston also opened with world class gymnastics coaches coming coming over from around the world to help to improve Scottish talent.
In terms of changes to the organisational structure, the Scottish Gymnastics association formed two limited companies after the AGM in 1997, employing their first paid CEO, Mike Roberts shortly after in November. This lead to the ability for the association to gain access to further lottery grants, British Sport Council and Sportscotland funding and to expand World Class Performance, Junior Development and National Squad programmes in line with those already established by British Gymnastics.
The first Celtic Cup for Acrobatics was held during this period with the Scottish team doing incredibly well despite being the smallest team, coming home from Belfast with 2 gold, 2 silver and one bronze medal. The FIG made the decision to officially include acrobatics in their programmes, although this did not include olympic level events. Scotland felt comfortable in creating a National Squad for Acrobatics building on the successes of the particpants from Scottish clubs. The first Scottish Veterans competition was also held at Broadwood Gymnastics Academy, a competition which was open to the whole of the UK, and the Scottish team came away with the team all round title.
Just before the new millennium, Scottish Gymnastics invested a large amount of money into development, to ensure that future generations of gymnast had access to enough judges and professional coaches in all disciplines. This development also included the creation of a technical panel for gymnastics and movement for people with a disability in order to raise the profile and educate those who were struggling to make their clubs more inclusive. Angela Turner, Pat English, Joan Fulmer & Steve Lomas were all fundamental in the establishment of a disability specific gymnastics competition in Scotland.
In the new millennium, success at major competitions paved the way for recent medal winners. In 2000, Edinburgh played host to the first Commonwealth Youth Games, with a gymnastics competition being held at Meadowbank. This was the first event to host 3 disciplines on the floor at the same time, with Men’s, Women’s and rhythmic sharing the space during the 2 day event. At the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Scottish men’s artistic gymnastics team were very successful, with Steve Frew winning a gold medal in the Rings, and Barry Collie gaining bronze in the Vault.
Following on from this, and with additional funding in place, Scottish gymnasts went on to further success at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, by securing the men’s and women’s artistic team bronze, as well as Adam Cox winning an individual all round Gold medal and an ‘Athlete of the Games’ nomination. He later went to compete at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games where he gained an individual bronze medal in the horizontal bar competition.