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Fyrish Gymnastics Club celebrate success at Scottish Gymnastics Teamgym Championships

By Will Clark

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Fyrish Gymnastics celebrated success when they returned from the Scottish Gymnastics Teamgym Championships with two medals.

Fyrish Gymnastics celebrate success at Scottish Championships.
Fyrish Gymnastics celebrate success at Scottish Championships.

The Alness club’s youth team claimed gold with the junior team winning silver at the competition which was held at the Meadowmill Sports Centre in Tranent.

Lead coach Heidi Bavnhoej says it was an outstanding performance from both teams to finish on the podium at the national championships, saying they deserved their success.

“The youth girls squad are aged between nine to 13 and the junior squad are aged from 12 to 16,” said Bavnhoej.

“The youth squad came away with gold and the junior squad were also close to winning gold too.

“It was an outstanding performance from both teams at the national championship.

“I am the lead coach, but I can’t take the whole credit as I work with some outstanding coaches including Faith Macleod.”

Fyrish followed up their success at the national championship in 2019.

The club was forced to go on hold during the pandemic.

But Bavnhoej says to come back and achieve the results they did at the Scottish Championship was a credit to the girls who competed.

“The junior squad who won silver, won gold as the youth squad back in 2019.

“Then Covid came and ruined our schedule, it took us a while to come back to action as you have to be fit to do this.

“But a combination of a strong coaching team, together with incredible parent support and girls who are willing to learn new things served us well.”

Fyrish Gymnastics went to a training camp in Denmark in May to improve their ability in preparation for taking part in competition.

Bavnhoej says learning how different countries approach gymnastics has been vital in the development of their athletes.

“We spent four days at these camps where we spent four to six hours a day training to develop our athletes,” she said.

“The gymnastics culture in Denmark is different to Scotland where they are very good at team sports.

“The purpose of the trip was to show the girls that they can compete at a high level and still make gymnastics fun.

“As a coach, that is a very important aspect for me that they have fun.

“We want the girls to be motivated and enjoy what they are doing.”

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