Banchory girls shine at British Contest

Banchory Trampoline Club members Morgan James, left and Kim Beattie, who were in top form at the British Championships
Banchory Trampoline Club members Morgan James, left and Kim Beattie, who were in top form at the British Championships

Two members of Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club travelled to Liverpool recently to compete at the British Championships for Double mini trampoline which were held at the Echo arena.

Morgan James competed in the 13/14 girls age group and had an impressive competition, finishing in silver medal position.

This was an outstanding result for Morgan who had injured her knee only the week before and nearly pulled out of the event.

Fellow club member Kim Beattie competed in the 17/18 girls age group. Kim was competing with four passes, each one made up of two double somersaults. She stuck all her passes and came out as British champion in her age group. Following on from this success Kim has been invited to join the double mini GB squad for senior women and to compete at her first international competition for the GB team in September.

Banchory Trampoline and DMT Club was started by John Wills in 1999. After coaching for 18 months for community education at Banchory Academy, John decided there was enough interest to hold a public meeting.

Supported by the recreation officer at the time, it was agreed to form a club and elect a committee.

John applied for grants to buy equipment and this was achieved. Over the years, the club has grown to 130 members, making it the second largest trampoline club in Scotland, next to Edinburgh.

It has 17 sessions in a normal week - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 3 one-hour hour classes from 3.25-6.30, 3 one-hour classes on a Saturday from 11-2pm, a Wednesday evening for elite performers from 7.30-9pm.

Also, once a month the club has a junior squad on a Saturday from 1-4pm and senior squad on Sunday from 1-5pm.

It has highly-qualified coaches running the weekday classes and squads, and young coaches running the Saturday classes.

The club pays for all our senior members who want to gain coaching/judging qualifications.