British Challenge Cup

Megan Wright and Izzy Tolometti
Megan Wright and Izzy Tolometti

Two gymnasts from Garioch Gymnastics Club recently travelled to Guildford to take part in the British Challenge Cup.

The Elite gymnasts – Megan Wright (18 from Stonehaven) and Izzy Tolometti (17 from Alford) were accompanied by their coaches – Janine Robertson and Cathy Osborne.

Cathy Osborne was also judging at the event.

Both girls competed very well, going clean and remaining calm and composed throughout.

Megan placed 16 th overall while Izzy excelled herself winning GOLD Overall, GOLD Bars, GOLD Floor and BRONZE on Beam.

She also scored 50.25, the only gymnast in the senior event to score over 50 and therefore qualify for the British Championships.

Izzy will be the first gymnast from Garioch Gymnastics club to compete at the British Championships, and is the first from the North East of Scotland to qualify for several years.

The British Championships will take place in Liverpool in March.

Garioch Gymnastics Club Manager Janine Robertson said: “We are all very much looking forward to the experience and competing against the top gymnasts in Great Britain.

“This will hopefully include Rio Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler, who our own coach Cathy Osborne coached at South Durham gymnastics club when she was a young aspiring Olympian.

“For our club, this is a real show of the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes for years.

“An extremely well qualified, dedicated and passionate team of coaches, working with all levels of gymnasts in the club, has resulted in this and other successes over recent years which will only continue to get better.

“Whilst Izzy may be the first gymnast from the club to qualify, the standard of the younger gymnasts coming through suggests she won’t be the last.”

Garioch Gymnastics Club is based at the Garioch Community Centre (behind the Swimming Pool) in Inverurie and works with children from Recreational to National Squad standard and from pre-school age through to adults.

There are recreational classes held in Inverurie, Insch, Kintore, Meldrum, Ellon, Alford & Kemnay and pre-school and adult gymnastics in Inverurie.

There are also some camps running during the October Holidays.