Gymnastic teams from four local primary schools and two secondary schools have qualified to represent Clackmannanshire at the National Schools Gymnastics Championships next spring.
Tillicoultry, Park, Craigbank and Clackmannan primary schools will join Alva Academy and Lornshill Academy at the Scottish schools finals at the Bells Sports Centre, Perth on Sunday 18 March 2012.
The young gymnasts won their place at the national event following success at the Clackmannanshire Schools Gymnastics Championships, held at Alva Academy on Sunday 4 December.
After routines performed by 230 youngsters, representing 12 primary and four secondary schools, Tillicoultry PS C Team, Craigbank PS A Team, Balfron HS C Team and Alva Academy B Team took top honours in the four main competition categories.
Competition was fierce in all categories, especially at primary level 1, where 155 young gymnasts, all of whom are relatively new to the sport, vied for top spot.
Councillor Bobby McGill, Deputy Leader and spokesman for sport said; "The championships were a great success and there was certainly no shortage of talent on show. We were delighted to see more than 700 supporters including parents, family and friends in attendance, who helped create a tremendous atmosphere of encouragement for the children.
"We are also very grateful to the array of school staff, PE teachers, coaches, Young Ambassadors and Young leaders as well as Hillfoots Gymnastics Club and the Scottish Gymnastics Association, who supplied the judges, without whom the event would not have been possible."
There are many opportunities in Clackmannanshire for young people to further their interest and skill in gymnastics; Alloa Gymnastics Club, Hillfoots Gymnastics Club, Aero Gymnastics Club, Wee County Vaulters and sports development classes in many of the schools.
Clackmannanshire Schools Gymnastic Championships Results:
Primary Level 1
1st Place Tillicoultry PS C Team 78.2 points
2nd Place Park PS A Team 76.8 points
3rd Place Tillicoultry PS D Team 76.6 points
Primary Level 2
1st Place Craigbank PS A Team 84.55 points
2nd Place Sunny/Clacks PS Team 83.65 points
3rd Place Strathdevon PS C Team 81.1 points
Secondary Level 1
1st Place Balfron HS C Team 80.15 points
2nd Place Alva Academy A Team 78.4 points
3rd Place Lornshill Academy C Team 75.4 points
Secondary Level 2
1st Place Alva Academy B Team 88.6 points
2nd Place Lornshill Academy A Team 85.15 points
3rd Place Alloa Academy A Team 84.45 points
Qualifying Schools to represent Clackmannanshire at the National Schools Gymnastics Championships in Perth on 18 March 2012:
Primary Level 1 Tillicoultry PS Team C + Park PS Team A
Primary Level 2 Craigbank PS Team A + Clackmannan PS Team A
Secondary Level 1 Alva Academy Team A + Lornshill Academy Team C
Secondary Level 2 Alva Academy Team B + Lornshill Academy Team A