The highlight of the Scottish Gymnastics calendar, the Scottish Espoir, Junior & Senior Championships took place on February 21 and 22 the Bells Sports Centre in Perth.
Garioch Gymnastics Club, who train at the Garioch Community Centre in Inverurie were represented by seven of their glitter girls against Scotland’s best gymnasts including several who competed for Team Scotland at last year’s Commonwealth Games.
The All-Around and Team competition took place on the Saturday with apparatus finals on the Sunday. From Saturday’s competition the top six gymnasts on each piece of apparatus go forward to the apparatus finals the following day.
Garioch Gymnastics Club had a very successful weekend winning two overall medals in the Senior category and crowing Megan Wright a Senior Beam Champion.
The team of Megan Wright, Izzy Tolometti, Daisy Willcocks, Erin Fraser and Leah Reid were placed fourth and there were also lots of apparatus finals for the Garioch Glitter Girls.
These achievements are more remarkable when you consider that Garioch were the only club competing who do not train in a full time facility. Four of the clubs gymnasts qualified for the floor final (half of the Senior section were Garioch gymnasts) and the club doesn’t even have a proper sprung floor to train on!
Izzy Tolometti (16 from Alford): Saturday: Silver Overall; Sunday: Silver Bars, Bronze Floor, Fourth Beam
Megan Wright (17 from Stonehaven): Saturday: Bronze Overall; Sunday: Gold Beam, Bronze Floor, fifth Floor
Lauryn Grant (16 from Fraserburgh): Saturday: Fifth Overall
Joanne Lowe (16 from Strichen): Saturday: Seventh Overall; Sunday: Sixth Floor
Daisy Willcocks (15 from Leslie): Saturday: Fifth Overall; Sunday: Sixth Bars, Sixth Beam
Leah Reid (12 from Kemnay): Saturday: 10th Overall
Erin Fraser (13 from Inverurie): Saturday: 12th Overall; Sunday: Fifth Vault, Fourth Beam, Fourth Floor.