Bishopbriggs acro gymnasts shine at national championships

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MEMBERS of a local sports club have been taking the world of acrobatic gymnastics by storm.

More commonly known as ‘acro gymnastics’, the unusual sport combines the strength and flexibility of gymnastics with the rhythm and grace of dance.

Several young gymnasts from Bishopbriggs Acro Gymnastics Club recently travelled to the Scottish Championships to take on the best in the country.

Many were competing at national level for the first time, but all performed well, landing top 10 finishes.

The club’s Grade 4 Women’s Group of Emma Leadbetter (22), Heather Mardle (15) and Ellie Lavy (12), produced two excellent routines over the course of a long day to finish the competition as bronze medallists – despite having only worked together for six months.

Meanwhile Fiona Glen (14) and Codie McInally (13) took gold in the Grade 3 Women’s Pairs.

The new Scottish champions will now travel to Stoke later this year to take part in the British Acro Championships.

There was more success for the club the following weekend at the Scottish Tumble Championships.

Holly Kelly (12) performed three excellent tumble runs to win a bronze medal in the 11/12-years National 2 competition – just weeks after being selected for the Scottish National Tumbling Squad.

Ellie Lavy also performed impressively in her first Tumbling competition in the National 1 category – landing a bronze medal to add to her Acro Championships bronze.

Coach Clare Langan: “We are delighted with this year’s results from the Scottish Championships and offer our congratulations to all our gymnasts.”

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