Scotland’s Rhythmic Gymnastic Squad were given a warm send off by Fife College as they trained for the last time in the St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.
Becky Bee (20) from Aberdeen, Lauren Bash (15) from West Lothian and Victoria Clow (20) from Glasgow, along with their coach Marion Sands, have been training in the College’s Atrium space for the past eight months to be ready to compete in the Games later this month at the Glasgow SECC.
Becky said: “The space here at Fife College is fantastic.
“We trained on a special floor which Scottish Gymnastics provided and the College always had this ready for us when we come in each week.
“I have been able to practice my routine in full without worrying that apparatus such as the hoops, balls, ribbons and clubs will hit a wall or ceiling so it has made a great difference.
“I am very excited, although a little nervous about the Games but know we have had the best preparation and can’t wait to be part of it.”
Scott Harper, chairman of Scottish Gymnastics, added: “Having the College’s support over the past eight months has made a big difference to the team. Appropriate training facilities are key to the gymnasts’ success.”
The girls’ coach, Marion who now lives in Kirkcaldy after moving here from Coventry in 2006 , will be joining the girls in what will be her fourth Commonwealth Games.
She got into gymnastics later on in life having originally trained as an engineer working at Jaguar Cars for over 30 years in her hometown before going on to form the City of Coventry Rhythmic Gymnastics club in 1981.
She said: “I cannot tell you how proud I am to be able to walk behind the Scottish flag at the opening ceremony in Glasgow.
“I am so proud to be part of the Games again this year. The fact that they are being held in Scotland is even better.”
The girls also enjoyed a complimentary buffet at Society following their final night of training in Kirkcaldy.