British title win for young gymnast
A TURRIFF gymnast was crowned British Junior Challenge Bars Champion and won a silver medal at the recent British Challenge Cup in Guildford.
Brooke Masson (14) was part of a team of three from Garioch Gymnastics Club who competed in the event.
Also taking part were Megan Wright (20) from Stonehaven and Teagan Batho (14) from Banchory accompanied by coaches Jamie Czop and Janine Robertson.
The gymnasts from across Great Britain had to qualify to take part in this event which the girls did successfully earlier in the year meaning the contest was of a very high standard.
Robertson said: "The senior event took place on the Friday night with Megan Wright taking part in this event. An unfortunate injury sustained earlier in the week meant that Megan could only compete on beam which she did very well, going clean and finishing in ninth position.
"Brooke and Teagan took part in the junior event on the Saturday. Both girls kept calm and completed beautiful routines with Teagan finishing in 12th position out of 45 gymnasts with a fantastic sixth place finish on beam.
"Brooke had an amazing competition and won the silver medal for overall as well as being crowned the British Junior Challenge Bars Champion.
"For the Garioch 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, including the first artistic gymnast from the north of Scotland to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games, which will only continue to get better."
Garioch Gymnastics Club is based at the Garioch Community Centre, behind the swimming pool, in Inverurie.