National squad call-up for Izzy

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Four gymnasts from Garioch Gymnastics Club were recently successful in gaining a place in Scottish National squads. Selection into the squads was based on excellent competition results from last year.

Erin Fraser (9) gained a place in the National Development Squad while Alford’s Izzy Tolometti (12), Alix Still (11) and Leandra Gray (9) were picked for the National Preparation Squad.

All girls will train between once or twice a month in Edinburgh with the National squad coaches and their own elite coaches from Garioch – Janine Robertson, Emily Bull, Cathy Osborne & Jenny Swan.

Garioch remains the only Women’s gymnastics club in the North of Scotland with gymnasts represented in the National squad.

This is made all the more impressive as they will soon be the only club left in Scotland working at National level without their own full time training facility.

Garioch Gymnastics club are trying to secure their own building, which can be permanently set up as a gymnastics facility.

With the amount of children currently taking part in gymnastics in and around Inverurie, the waiting list the club holds and with the ongoing successes of the competitive gymnasts the club desperately need a permanent facility to maintain and build on these successes and allow more children to take part in the sport at all levels.

If anyone can help with trying to secure a building, or with sponsorship for the National Squad Girls contact Janine Robertson on (01467) 628108.

Garioch Gymnastics runs an action packed programme which includes recreational gymnastics classes for boys and girls aged 4+ and freestyle/ adult gymnastics class for aged 15 and over.

In these classes children are taught the basic gymnastic skills, body awareness, coordination, strength, flexibility, balance & power in a fun and structured environment.

The children get the opportunity each term to achieve their next GYMSTAR award, Garioch Gymnastics very own award scheme where children are awarded a certificate and medal on passing.

Garioch Gymnastics Club has achieved Enhanced Accreditation with Aberdeenshire Councils Club Cap scheme.

Aberdeenshire Council recognise Garioch Gymnastics as a safe, friendly and developing club and is the only gymnastics club in Grampian to achieve this accreditation.