Over the last three years, gymnastics in Scotland is booming. We have more people taking part, bigger and stronger clubs, and more gymnasts competing across all disciplines.
The financial year ended on a high with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. We were represented by a team of five men and five women in artistic gymnastics - our first ever full “home grown” female team. We were proud of the gymnasts for achieving three medals and the most successful performances across the board.
None of this happens by accident and it is down to the hard working, dedicated support of a huge number of personnel and volunteers in clubs that is growing, developing the sport across the country. Our performance programmes are designed to enhance their great work and with the technical panels, we continue to develop the support we offer to inspire and nurture emerging talent. You can find out more in our technical panel and gymnastics reports.
As always, Gymfest is a great example of dedicated clubs and members. The events in Aberdeen and Perth involved over 2500 gymnasts from across the country showing their talents and skills, supported by an army of volunteers from their clubs and a legion of supportive parents and fans. We can’t do it without you and a well-deserved thanks from everyone across the Scottish Gymnastics membership.
We have continued to develop our support in developing leaders in clubs and supporting coaching through PGDip and BSc in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, our team of Regional Pathway Coaches (RPC), our leadership academy, and other CPD. The introduction of safeguarding 3 training in August 2017 ensures the learning continues in this important area to ensure everyone can stay safe and have fun in gymnastics.
For those who cannot take advantage of everything due to other commitments and geographical challenges, we have a range of online opportunities from the self-assessment tool for clubs, CPD for coaches, and we are increasing learning opportunities through our new dedicated hub, absorb, in 2018. We are delighted that clubs are continuing to make use of the development opportunities available to them from our team and external partners.
With more support on offer from across our team, we have welcomed new members of staff this year, including two new Club Support Officers in February. Find out more about club development over the past year on page 6.
Looking ahead in 2018, there will be plenty to celebrate with the Year of Young People. The European Artistic Championships in Glasgow will provide inspiration for our young gymnasts and a highlight for many a sport fan. Gymnastics – what a sport – thanks for making it what it is!