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Caithness Rythmic Gymnasts Gain Valuable Experience At Scottish Novice Competitions
7 Rhythmic Gymnasts from Caithness Gymnastics Club competed in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Scottish Novice Competition held at Bellsquarry, Livingston last weekend. Some parents and their club coaches Diane & Julia Gibson accompanied them to the competition.

Ailidh Mackie & Farron Stewart competed in the Under 10 category. This was their first ever competition and both performed their free routines confidently and did extremely well, both Ailidh and Farron finished in very well deserved 7thand 11th positions respectively.

Hanna Lal competed in the Under 12 category. It was her first Scottish Novice competition and she performed a confident and solid free routine & finished in 10th place.

Sine Hamilton competed in the Under 14 category performing in 2 routines, free & ball. Sine greatly improved on last year finishing in 5th place for her free routine & 4th for her ball. She narrowly missed out on a medal coming 4th overall in her age group.

In the over 14 category we had 3 representatives, Anna Cassidy, Gemma Wares & Natalia Hodgson. Anna was first on the floor with her Hoop routine & due to a technical difficulty with the music she had to walk on & off the floor 4 times before starting her routine. This badly affected her concentration and unfortunately she made several errors, however she regained her composure and performed a fantastic Ribbon routine which gave her an excellent score and with it the Gold medal for the Ribbon routine. Her lead in the Ribbon was enough to make up for the errors in her Hoop routine and gave her the overall Gold Medal. Gemma did the opposite, making a few errors in her Ribbon routine but performed a very solid Hoop routine which gave her the Gold medal for the Hoop and the Bronze overall. Natalia performed very consistently in both Hoop & Ribbon and this gave her Silver in both routines and also Silver overall.

Altogether it was a very successful competition for the Rhythmic Gymnastics section of Caithness Gymnastics Club and a very valuable experience for the younger Rhythmic Gymnasts.