STAFF at a Clydebank gymnastics club have said they are “over the moon” for their athletes after a successful outing at the Scottish Tumble championships.

The group from Dynamite Gymnastics in the town competed at the national competition, which was held at the Ravenscraig regional sports facility in Wishaw earlier this month.

Thirty-two of the club’s members qualified for the event, which is an incredible achievement in itself.

On the day, 13 gymnasts from club level five (9-10 years old) all the way up to FIG (international level) won in their respective categories, being crowned Scottish champions.

Claire Devitt, a volunteer at Dynamite Gymnastics, said: “We are so proud of every gymnast that competed, as they had worked hard to qualify.

“But we are so over the moon that 13 of our gymnasts, from club level five all the way up to FIG, won their respective categories and were crowned Scottish champions.

“Our gymnasts collected a further eight silver medals and two bronze with our club level five girls winning all three podium spots.”

This success comes after the club was forced to take a long break from competitions due to the Covid pandemic.

However, Dynamite’s gymnasts have bounced back despite the disruption to their training.

To qualify for the Scottish National Championships Claire explained that gymnasts had to compete in two other competitions.

Not only that, but they had to receive qualifying scores as well as placing high on the leader board, so the pressure was on.

Claire added: “It was great to see the perseverance and commitment from these gymnasts during a difficult two years, and we were so pleased that they were able to return to the sport and achieve such great competition results.

“The 32 club-grade and regional-grade tumblers who qualified joined our three FIG tumblers to compete. This was the biggest representation of gymnasts from any one club competing at this event.”

Skye McNicol, aged 13, a member of Dynamite Gymnastics, beamed as she told of how all of her hard work throughout the pandemic has paid off.

Skye said: “Covid was so tough after the gym was shut so we had to work even harder to keep our strength up.

“Qualifying for the Scottish Championships showed that all my hard work during those tough times really paid off.”

Caoimhe Wilson, age 14, explained that she was delighted to qualify. She added: “I was a little nervous before the qualifiers - I don’t remember being like that before Covid as it was normal to compete.

“I’m delighted to have qualified as I have worked really hard to get all my skills back.”