First Scottish Champion for Garioch Gymnastics

Pictured are the Garioch Gymnasts who took part at the Scottish Gymnastics Championships'Back (l to r) : Megan Wright, Joanne Lowe, Beth McCaw and Erin Fraser 'Front (l to r): Daisy Willcocks, Izzy Tolometti, and Kerry Smith
Pictured are the Garioch Gymnasts who took part at the Scottish Gymnastics Championships'Back (l to r) : Megan Wright, Joanne Lowe, Beth McCaw and Erin Fraser 'Front (l to r): Daisy Willcocks, Izzy Tolometti, and Kerry Smith

THE highlight of the Scottish Gymnastics calendar, the Scottish Espoir, Junior & Senior Championships took place on February 22 and 23, at the Bells Sports Centre in Perth.

Garioch Gymnastics Club were represented by seven of their glitter girls against Scotland’s best gymnasts and Commonwealth Games hopefuls including two Olympians, Daniel Purvis and Daniel Keatings.

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 phenomenally successful weekend and can now boast their first ever Scottish Champion with Izzy Tolometti taking the Junior title by quite a large margin on the Saturday. She also qualified for Apparatus Finals on all four pieces of apparatus where she went on to win the Floor and Beam titles.

The team of Izzy, Beth McCaw, Daisy Willcocks, Megan Wright and Erin Fraser 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 and they don’t even train on a proper floor!

Senior Championships

Beth McCaw: (Sat) Fifth Overall; (Sun) Fifth Bars and Fourth Floor

Megan Wright: (Sat) Sixth Overall; (Sun) Fifth Vault, Sixth Bars and Fifth Floor

Kerry Smith: (Sat) Seventh Overall

Junior Championships

Izzy Tolometti: (Sat) Gold Overall; (Sun) Bronze Vault, Silver Bars, Gold Beam and Gold Floor

Daisy Willcocks: (Sat) Fifth Overall; (Sun) Fifth Vault and Fourth Bars

Joanne Lowe: (Sat) Eleventh Overall; (Sun) Fourth Vault and Sixth Floor

Espoir Championships

Erin Fraser was our only competitor in this age group. Unfortunately Erin picked up an injury during training ion Perth on the Friday so the decision was made to only compete on Bars. Erin qualified for the Bars apparatus finals where she placed fifth.

For more information about the classes and to register your child’s name for gymnastics please contact Elaine Murray on (01467) 628283 or elaine.murray@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. There are small waiting lists for some of the classes.