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The six Garioch Gymnasts who represented Scotland
The six Garioch Gymnasts who represented Scotland

Garioch Gymnasts have had a busy month of May with six of their gymnasts being selected to represent Scotland.

The girls represented Scotland in the level 3 - 10 years category meaning they were competing against the best 10 year olds in the country. The competition is of an extremely high standard with over 40 competitors and 10 Teams. They were joined in the team by two other gymnasts, one form Largs and one from West Lothian.

The girls competed on five pieces of apparatus, Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor and Range & Conditioning. The standard was exceptionally high and the Scotland team produced excellent performances to finish 7th.

Garioch Gymnastics had further success with four gymnast representing Scotland at the British National Club Grade Finals. They were also held in Birmingham on May 17 and 18. Emily Morrison (11 from Kemnay) qualified for the National Grade 8 Team. Leah Reid (11 from Kemnay) Grade 7 and Megan Wright (16 from Stonehaven) and Daisy Willcocks (14 from Insch) competed in Grade 6.

This competition is of a high standard. The girls put on a strong performances and all contributed to Team Scotland’s final score. Special mention must go to Daisy Willcocks who was the highest scorer in the Scottish Grade 6 Team and placed sixth in the whole of Great Britain on Beam. Fantastic achievement for the 
club to have so many gymnast representing them at 
these finals.

Their coach Emily Bull travelled with the girls which Cathy Osborne was judging.

The girls qualified for the British National finals back in March where they had to rank in the top five at the Scottish Compulsory & National Grade Championships to make the team. Since March the girls have worked very hard to improve and perfect their routines in preparation for these competitions. The girls train five times a week at the Garioch Community Centre, in Inverurie, which adds up to between 17 and 23 hours a week. Some of the girls are also in the Scottish Regional Advanced squad which includes monthly squad sessions in Edinburgh in addition to their club training.