Eyemouth gymnast Kendal in GB team for Slovenia event

Eyemouths Kendal Smith and the six other Saltire Team Gymnastics members bound for the European Championships in Slovenia.
Eyemouths Kendal Smith and the six other Saltire Team Gymnastics members bound for the European Championships in Slovenia.

Eyemouth gymnast Kendal Smith is heading for Maribor, Slovenia, in October to compete in the 11th European Championships as part of the GB squad.

Kendal is one of seven from Saltire Team Gymnastics who have been selected for the British Squads in preparation for the Championships.

This is a huge accolade to Teamgym in Scotland as this is the pinnacle event in the Teamgym competition calendar and highest representation a gymnast can make in our discipline.

Saltire Team Gymnastics are Scotland’s biggest Teamgym club providing development and competitive gymnastics opportunities to children five years – adults. They have children and adults from the Borders and ERast Lothain travelling to them for training.

Seven gymnasts from Saltire have, over the last 12 months been working extremely hard both within their club training hours and at GB squad sessions to prepare themselves to put them in the best possible position for final selection to go to the event. The girls and boys are now moving into their final training phase and if selected a minimum £1,000 will be expected from each gymnast to enable their attendance.

Kendal, who is also the Active Schools Co-ordinator for the area, is one of the seven successful gymnasts.

Saltire head coach Margaret Kerr, commented: “The club are so proud of the achievements of these gymnasts and the work the club’s coaches have put in to helping them achieve this.

“This is the first time a GB squad has been formed for Teamgym and for the club to have seven gymnasts representing at this level is fantastic.

“They follow in the footsteps of the clubs senior women who in 2010 were the first Scottish Women’s team to represent GB at the Europeans.”

To ensure participation by all the gymnasts, and to support them to get to this point, Saltire Team Gymnastics need to raise a total of £7,000 to help offset the cost of accommodation, subsistence and travel to Slovenia, GB training kit, plus additional training camps.

If anyoone would like to support Saltire Team Gymnastics and these amazing young people on this exciting journey, please visit their website www.saltireteamgym.com, email them on saltireteamgymnastics@hotmail.co.uk, or you can find them on facebook and twitter.