Lasswade Gymnastics Club’s Scottish success

Rory Smith (11) and Ellie Russell (12)
Rory Smith (11) and Ellie Russell (12)

A Midlothian-based gymnastics club boasts two Scottish champions in its ranks after success in competition in Perth.

Lasswade Gymnastics Club member Rory Smith (11) lifted the Scottish Boys’ Artistic U12 crown while team-mate Ellie Russell (12) became Espoir Girls’ Scottish Vault champion.

Rory, who lives in Musselburgh, was a convincing winner, taking first place with an overall score of 68.249.

He was aiming to improve on his scores from the British Championships in December when he achieved a score of 67.750.

On his way to winning the Scottish title, Rory was first placed on floor, high bar, parallel bars and pommel horse. He was pipped into second place on rings and vault.

Ellie, who lives in Newtongrange, was fifth overall in the all round on the Saturday, ensuring she qualified for the individual apparatus finals in asymmetric bars, vault and floor the next day.

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