Amateur gymnasts in Glenrothes have ‘sprung’ into action to help children less fortunate than themselves over the Christmas period.
Members of Lomond Gymnastics Club have clubbed together to help the Fife-based Spirit of Christmas charity which provides presents for children of all ages to help them enjoy the festivities.
Former Scottish, Team GB and Commonwealth gymnast Sandra Murdoch, who has run the club since 1986, told the Gazette that club members were determined to do something to help in whatever way they could.
“All the members have been fantastic, from the youngest to the older teenagers that have donated piles upon piles of toys and gifts that the charity will now pass on to others across the region. I’m very proud of what they have done,” said Sandra.
The collection was made as gymnasts met to compete in the first club competition, for which club founder and Sandra’s mum - also called Sandra - was on hand to present the competition medals.
“Mum set up the club in 1978 from scratch as a way of helping me with my training, and it quickly spiralled from there,” explained Sandra.
“I owe a lot to her because she made many sacrifices to help me get selected to represent my country and eventually compete in the 1986 Commonwealth Games, she even completed all the coaching courses and its because of her the club was started in the town in the first place.”
And in the wake of Team GB’s success at the London Olympics in 2012 and at the recent World Championships in Glasgow where the British mens team won the silver medal, the sport has never been so popular.
“We’ve always had a healthy amount of members but certainly in recent years there has been a huge increase in youngsters wanting to get involved, it’s now ‘cool’,” said Sandra.
And cool it certainly seems to be with the Glenrothes club now boasting a membership of over 200 with more on the waiting list.
To make a donation to the charity or to know more about how to get involved, contact Lomond Centre on 01592 583477 or via Sandra’s Facebook page; ‘Sandy p Murdoch’.