Podium1Leading the Scottish contingent out of this year’s British Under 14 and Under 12 Championships was West Lothian GC’s Lucas Thomson. Lucas (u12) tumbled to his first ever British silver medal on Floor with a score of 13.250 finishing just 0.1 behind the gold medalist Douglas Turnbull from South Essex. Lucas’ coach, John Campbell, was seen zigzagging for joy from the sidelines as Lucas landed his last back full twist. Asked what he thought of the performance John replied “I am delighted that Lucas got rewarded after all the hard work he’s put in”.

Hard work was clearly involved in producing that performance, though rumour has it that Lucas was heard chanting “maximus excelsior” before stepping out on to the floor. Perhaps that’s some mantra that helps him focus. Over on Parallel Bars Lucas managed another top ten placing in joint 9th place with Emilio Regini-Moran (Europa) on 11.050, whilst Lucas’ club mate, Euan McLellan, lodged a respectable 51.450 from five apparatus as the youngest competitor from Scotland in his first British Championships outing.

Over in the under 14 competition a well deserved all around 10th place was secured by City of Glasgow’s, Pavel Karnejenko. Pavel, who along with his under 14 club mates Adam Logan (57.800) and Kerr McKie (59.450) is coached by double Olympian Marius Gherman put in a sterling performance, even sailing through his Pommels routine to hit 70.200. Pavel’s other top ten finishes included: Floor (10th – 12.850), Pommels (9th – 10.750), Rings (7th – 11.600), and Vault (5th – 12.900).

Ryan McKerchar from Perth GC put in what could be his best ever British performance with 63.200 and 8th place on High Bar at 11.700, whilst Joshua Lincoln (Bury GC) reached 10th place on Pommels with a score of 10.650, 8th on Vault at 12.475, and an all around of 62.250 despite being downgraded several marks for missing recognition on one Rings element.

The boys should all be proud of their achievements and we hope to see continued progress into February’s Scottish Championships where several more gymnasts are expected to join them as they compete alongside the Commonwealth contenders and the best gymnastics that Scotland has to offer.

Full competition videos can be seen on BGTV’s YouTube channel with the results available on the British Gymnastics website.