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Garioch gymnasts have medal success at national championships


By Kyle Ritchie

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Two gymnasts from Garioch Gymnastics Club in Kintore competed in the British National Grades Championships at the weekend.

Islay Grant and Thea Klopper travelled to Stoke with coach Emily Bull to compete in the event on Sunday.

Both qualified to represent Scotland back in April and have been working hard to perfect their routines since.

Club manager Janine Robertson said: "Islay took part in National Grade 1 and had a brilliant competition being the highest placed Scottish gymnast, finishing in fourth place and second place on beam. She also helped the Scottish team win a fabulous silver medal.

Islay Grant helped the Scottish team win a silver medal.
Islay Grant helped the Scottish team win a silver medal.

"Thea competed in National Grade 2 and performed brilliantly, finishing as the top placed Scottish gymnast with the best beam routine of the day, third on range and conditioning and helping the team to a bronze medal. She was also crowned the British National Grade 2 champion.

Thea Klopper was crowned the British National Grade 2 Champion and helped the Scottish team win bronze.
Thea Klopper was crowned the British National Grade 2 Champion and helped the Scottish team win bronze.

"The coaches at Garioch Gymnastics Club are so proud of the girls – both have worked extremely hard for this event and these results and medals are fabulous recognition of that.


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