grades series 2014 medalsThe 2014 Scottish Grades Series Gets Underway

100 gymnasts in total entered the Grades Prep 1 and Beginner Floor & Vault competition on Sunday 17th March and this began the 2014 grades year as gymnasts work to prove themselves good enough to represent the Scottish region at the British Grades Finals in November. It’s still early days with this competition being more about the gymnasts testing out their routine preparation and the judges helping the coaches to identify the important areas to be improved upon and ultimately to maximise performances to everyone’s benefit.

That said the current leaders in their preparations towards the 2014 Regional Qualifiers and British Finals can be noted as follows: –

Elite Grades Level 1 – Fraser Somerville, City of Glasgow
Elite Grades Level 2 – Jude Bannantyne, City of Glasgow

Club Grades Level 1 – Robbie Young, Largs
Club Grades Level 2 – Matthew McGill, Largs
Club Grades Level 3 – Angus Baxter, Carnegie Spartans
Club Grades Level 4 – Magnus Fettes Salto

With more gymnasts and clubs expected to enter the next competition and everyone showing improvement on their scores it will be interesting to see if these gymnasts can remain ahead. A big shout out must go to the event organisers who battled late into Saturday to assist with the competition set up and preparation that guaranteed a very successful competition. In particular thanks should go to Stephanie Stewart, Pam Bowie and Isabel Walton who freely gave up their time on Saturday to move heavy equipment and ensure everything went without a hitch.

Full results will be available from Scottish Gymnastics or can be viewed here

Results from the Beginner Floor and Vault are available here

To view photos from the event you can visit www.psbphoto.co.uk where they have been posted up – to gain access you can send an email for the password. Details are on PBS Photography’s website.

The next Grades Series event is the Grades Prep 2 being held on the 1st June 2014 and steps things up a gear as we see the introduction of all apparatus and the gymnasts competing for apparatus and club position. The event is again being held in Perth and will also feature a Beginner Floor & Vault competition.