West Lothian Artistic Gymnastics Club

Gymnastics Coaching for Girls and Boys

Scottish Championsips 2011

 Well done to 5 Great West Lothian Gymnasts who achieved outstanding results at the 2011 Scottish Championships!


                Scottish Women's Artistic Espoir Champion   Aimee Bryce
                                                                          Silver           Shannon Archer
                                                                          Bronze        Jade MacKinnon

                Scottish Men's Artistic Junior Champion          James Griffin

                 Scottish Under 14                          Bronze         Connor Rajek

Apparatus Medals

 The 2011 Women's Espoirs Championships was dominated by West Lothian gymnasts well done to the Shannon Archer, Aimee Bryce and Jade MacKinnon and their coach Pauline Clark for an outstanding weekend of competition.

the apparatus medal acheivements of these gymnasts were:

Jade MacKinnon

Vault Gold, Bars Silver, Beam Bronze and Floor Bronze

Aimee Bryce

Vault Bronze, Bars Gold, Beam Silver, Floor Gold =

Shannon Archer

Vault Silver, Beam Gold, Floor Gold=

The Men'sJunior Championships and the Under 14 category also saw a formidable force from West Lothian gymnasts James Griffin and Connor Rajek. Well done to both boys and their coach John Campbell.  Congratulations to James and Connor who earned the following apparatus medals:

James Griffin (Junior)

Floor Gold, Pommel Bronze, Vault Gold, Parallel Bars Bronze and             High Bar silver

 Connor Rajek (Under 14s)

Pommel Bronze, Vault Silver

Compulsory 3,4 & 5                               National Club Grades 7 & 8

Once again West Lothian gymnasts have produced outstanding performances. In the 2011 qualifying competition for Compulsory 3,4, & 5 and National Club Grades 8 and 6 our girls were hardly off the podium!

Compulsory 5

Pretoria Drever              Gold overall                 Gold Range and Conditioning                                          Kelsey Core                   Silver overall                Silver Range and conditioning

Compulsoy 4

Laura Jane Core          Gold overall

Compulsory 3

Lucy Orr                          Silver overall                Silver Range and conditioning                                   Lucy also qualifies to represent Scotland in the British finals in Birmingham in May!

National Club Grade 8

Nicole Sivess              Gold overall                 Gold Range and conditioning                                 Gabrielle Cameron     5th                                                                                                                                   Nicole also qualifies to represent Scotland at the British finals in April and Gabrielle is reserve for the team.

National Club Grade 6

Shannon McKenzie      4th and selected as a member of the Scottish Team at British finals in Apri

Development Competition 2011

Fantastic results for West Lothian at the Scottish Development Competition. Every West Lothian gymnast who took part earned at least 2 medals! That's amazing - Well Done girls

8 year olds                                                                                                                                           

 Pretoria Drever Gold Overall, Bars Gold, Floor Gold, Beam Bronze

Kelsey Core - Silver Overall, Bars Silver, Floor Bronze



 9 year olds 

Sarah White - Silver Overall, Beam Silver, Bars Bronze

Freyja Nash - Bronze Overall, Bars Gold, Floor Bronze

Nicole Tillbrook - 4th Overall, Bars Silver, Floor Silver



10 year olds


Emily Shanks - Floor Gold, Beam Bronze

Tia Henry - Vault Gold, Beam Gold 

Scottish Level 6 Team Competition 2010

Well done to all the girls who competed in the Level 6 Team competition. For many of the girls this was a personal challenge to increase their scores from the individual rounds. Well a pat on the back to everyone a great achievement. Out of 25 teams West Lothian were place 6th and each Member of the team received a ribbon.

Team - Freyja Nash, Laura Jane Core, Sarah White, Emily Shanks, Lyndsey Haggarty

Special Congratulations to the two gymnasts with the Best Increase in Scores;

Tia Henry with a massive increase of 5.775!!! Wow

Nicole Tillbrook another huge improvement of 2.75!!!

Fife floor and vault competition 2010

Our floor and vault gymnasts have once again performed amazingly!

Well done to our gold medal winning 6/7 years team of:                                                                     Kelsey Core, Pretoria Drever, Gemma Miller and Holly Dry 

Congratulations too to Pretoria Drever for taking the Individual bronze medal.

Well done also to our 10/11 team of; Erin Green, Eve Allison and Codie McGreggor who came a brilliant 7th out of 14 teams. This was an excellent result considering this was Eve and Codie's 1st competition.

Scottish Open Age Championships 2010

Scottish Open Age Champion - JACLYN DUFF - Well done Jaclyn

Vault  Bronze - Bars Gold

Scottish Level 4 and Level 5 Teams 2010

Great results for West Lothian's Level 4 & 5 teams

Level 4 Team

Megan Payne, Lucy Orr, Nicole Sivess & Shannon McKenzie - Silver

 Level 5 Team

Gabby Cameron, Amy Orr, Umber Chaudry, Emily Youngs 4th

First Scottish Mens Open Competition 2010

A very welcome to this new competition in the Scottish Mens Calendar and Well done to all the West Lothian boys for another set of great results.

James Griffin Overall Silver - Foor Silver, Pommell Gold, Rings Bronze, VaultSsilver, P Bars Silver, High Bar Gold

Connor Rajek - Pommell Bronze, Vault Silver, Floor 4th, High Bar 4th

Alex Cowan - Overall Gold

Lucas Thomson - Overall Silver

Kazacham Dangata - Overall 5th

First Pink Ladies Competition 2010 - South Durham

A great team of 7 gymnasts travelled south of the border to take part in the first ever 'Pink Ladies Invitational Competition' hosted by South Durham Gymnastics Club. ~We all had a fantatic time and would like to thank our hosts for their warm welcome and a wonderfully friendly competition.


All of our girls performed brilliantly. Several were trying out new moves the queen of which was Laura Jane who added Giants, Somersalts, Backflip and Cartwheel tuck and I think there were more!! 

As for medals well we just about needed a crane to bring them home!

Have a look at our photo gallery to see some of the girls on the podium. 

Medal Success for our Boys

Congratulations to all the boys who took part in theFloor and Vault Club Development Plan competition on 3rd October. Once again West Lothian can celebrate wonderful results.

Level 1                  Ryan Nelson             Gold

                               Euan McLellan          Silver

                               Shaun McCann         Bronze

Level 2                  Alex Cowan                 Gold

                               Lucas Thomson        Silver

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A Fortnight of Excellent Gymnastics for West Lothian Gymnasts                                 32 Medals and 2Team Golds!! - That's Magic

Well done to all gymnasts who have worked hard and acheived some excellent results at 4 competitions in the last 2 weeks!

My feet have hardly touched the ground but at last an opportunity to update and celebrate

West Lothian Gymnasts competition success.

Level 6 All Around and Individual Apparatus  18th September 2010



VAULT                      SILVER    LAURA JANE CORE

BEAM                        GOLD       LAURA JANE CORE

FLOOR                     GOLD       LAURA JANE CORE


FLOOR                     SILVER     KRISTY DALZIEL

10/11 YEARS 

FLOOR                      SILVER    LYNDSEY HAGGARTY

Level 4 All Around and Individual apparatus 25th September 2010



                                                                                                     VAULT     GOLD          LUCY ORR



BEAM      GOLD         LUCY ORR






10/11 YEARS


VAULT                        SILVER      NICOLE SIVESS

BARS                         GOLD          NICOLE SIVESS

BEAM                         SILVER       NICOLE SIVESS

FLOOR                      GOLD          NICOLE SIVESS

12/13 YEARS


FLOOR                       SILVER       SHANNON MCKENZIE 

Level 5 All Around and Individual Apparatus 25th September 2010

 10/11 YEARS



BARS      SILVER         AMY ORR

BEAM      GOLD           AMY ORR







Zodiak Floor and Vault 26th September 2010


TEAM                                            GOLD


ELLIE FERGUSSON                   GOLD

KELSEY CORE                             SILVER

PRETORIA DREVER                   BRONZE

ISLA CALVERT                             4TH RIBBON 



Mens Scottish Beginners Floor and Vault 26th September 2010


TEAM                                            GOLD

NIALL MCCABE                                                              BRONZE   

 Well done everyone that's amazing and well done to all the gymnasts who took part in these competitions         

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UK School Games 2010 Gateshead

Well done Shannon, Aimee, Jade and James. All the West Lothian gymnasts who were selected as part of the Scottish team at the UK school games in Gateshead competed magnificantly and were fantastic ambasadors for the club. Jade had a great comp with no falls and James also performed well and was selected for 3 apparatus finals.

Aimee performed a solid beam routine and is seen pictured below right with her Bronze Medal.

Shannon qualified for the Bars final and once again enthralled the crowds with her beautiful floor routine winning the bronze medal. Seen here on the left.

Well done to you all!


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Shannon Archer gains place in BRITISH SQUAD!   

We are so proud of Shannon who, following fantastic results at the Espoir Bristish Championships and the Espoir Apparatus Finals has been offered a place in the National British Squad. 

This is an amazing achievement and gives Shannon and her coach, Pauline Clark a wonderful opportunity to work alongside some of Britain's top coaches and gymnasts. 

Well done Shannon and Pauline.

British Espoirs Championships 2010

British Espoir Apparatus Finals   
Well done Shannon - pictured here winning the floor title at this year's Pegasus Open.

 Shannon recently competed in the British Espoirs Floor Final in Guildford and after a brilliant performance was placed 5th. This is an amazing acheivement for Shannon, Identifying her as one of the very best floor workers in Great Britain. Go Shannon 


Shannon and Aimee Pictured here with their coach Pauline Clark

A thousand congratulations to Shannon Archer  who qualified in fourth place for the floor final at the BRITISH ESPOIR CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! Shannon will now represent our club alongside the best in Britain at the Apparatus finals in July. Shannon also acheived an brilliant 8th place overall in her age group in the whole of Britain. GO SHANNON!!

An amazing performance too from Jade MacKinnon who excelled at the British Challenge Cup and received the Gold medal on floor. Well done Jade a fantastic performance. 

Congratulations too to Aimee Bryce. Despite fighting through injury Aimee also gave an exceptional performance at the British Championships. West Lothian are Sooo proud of you all!

Aimee's floor routine:-

Single title player BG clubs 2009

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 This is an outstanding achievement for our club and a special mention is well overdue for their coach Pauline Clark.  Well done Pauline we're proud of you too!!

All 3 girls will be taking part in our Club Championships this weekend at Craigwillow so if you would like to see them up close come along to round three on Saturday 12th June. 

Tolworth Summer Camp

Two of our younger elite girls, Lucy Orr and Laura Jane Core plus their coach Becky Campbell joined a similar group from Largs Gymnastics Club to take part in the Tolworth Summer Camp in the South of England.

This was a great opportunity for the girls to work beside some of the best young gymnasts in Britain. I'm told that the girls worked really hard and Becky has come back with some great ideas. Thank's to Tolworth Gymnastics Club in particular Rochelle Douglas, John Pirrie and the family who hosted our guys.    

Trip for Aimee and Shannon to Russia

Aimee Bryce and Shannon Archer, two of West Lothian's top gymnasts, coached by Pauline Clar,k have been offered the amazing opportunity to train with Russian gymnasts at the Olympic Reserve School in Rostov-On-Don.

The two girls will travel to Russia as part of a joint venture between Glasgow School of Sport and Scottish Gymnastics for a 10 day training camp.   Both girls are really looking forward to the trip and having held a fundraising Disco last week would like to thank everyone who supported the event helping them to fund this great opportunity.

Good Luck girls and Work Hard!!

Pegasus Open 2010

What a fantastic time we had!!


Fantastic results and a Great Time for 12 West Lothian Girls, 3 coaches and a hard working Mum!!

Every single gymnast who joined us on our trip to the tropical south had a fantastic time. everyone competed to their best and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was lovely to see a few supporters make the journey down too.

All in all we brought home 3 Golds,1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals plus a 4th place. What Stars you all are girls and great fun to be with too!!

Very early Saturday morning a group of 15 travellers met at Livingston South station to travel by train down to the south of England by train. 15 became 16 when they met Ruth at Edinburgh Waverly. From there we travelled to Kings Cross then for some, the first time on London's underground to catch the Maidstone train from Victoria. - and well done us we didn't lose anyone!

Temperatures were in the high 20s but despite this we all went on a 2mile walk to the leisure centre had a quick peek at the boys comp and took a dip in the leisure pool. After that a 2 mile walk back to our hotel again, some dinner and bed before our long competition day on sunday.

Laura Jane was the earliest riser - up at 7.00am for an 8.15 registration. First up on Beam in the whole competition was a bit of a wobbly start for LJ but she coped well. After that she got going and placed a great 7th on Bars and 9th on vault. Next round was Nicole's turn - incredible that she was there considering it's only about 7 weeks since she broke and dislotated her shoulder!!! Well done Nicole for a fantastic recovery.

Having already done the shopping for lunch, thanks to Lisa Wilson, and walked the 2 miles, now in blazing sun, it was the turn of the seniors and 97/98 gymnasts. These were both brilliant competitions the girls were a joy to be with and we watched some lovely routines. Well done girls for a host of medals.

Jaclyn Duff - a fab pike Tsuk took the Bronze

Shannon Archer -  Bronze overall and another fine TSuk took silver followed by a lovely bar routine that earned a well deserved gold medal. Beam hmmm a bit wobbly but to finish a beautiful floor and another gold medal 

Jade Mackinnon - Performed extremely well and was place 4th overall and added a Bronze medal on floor to her Challenge Cup floor title!

Aimee Bryce - Up on 3 pieces and perfomed a very steady and 'attractive' beam routine to take the gold medal.

Nieve Crayton and Shannon Mackenzie both had great competitions and we were all very proud of their performances.

To finish off the comp and getting pretty late by now and very,very hot were the 2001 gymnasts. Once again the group were a joy and focused well on their performances.

Star of the day must have been Katie Wilson who dispalyed a fantastic beam routine that gained her a well deserved Bronze medal. Katie must also be proud of a very credible 7th place on floor.

Dana Russell and Brone Clark also showed great competitive spirit with best place for Dana being 7th on Bars and for Brone 10th on Beam.


Next day we took the long train journey home this time sampling the new high speed train from Ashford and passing Stratfford in London where building work was clearly well underway for the 2012 Olympics. Finally, all back at Livingston North by to be welcomed by Mums and Dads.

Well girls, I had a brilliant time I hope you did too!

Floor and Vault competition Perth 19th June 2010

More great competition results from West Lothian Gymnasts and the Scottish Beginners and Intermediates Floor and Vault Competition in Perth. Well done to everyone who competed for the club. Kristy Dalziel, Emily Shanks, Freyja Nash, Nicole Tilbrook, Sarah White, Helen Traill and Beth Rocca

Special congratulations to the medal winners:

Kristy Dalziel                         Silver                            9 year old Intermediates

Sarah White                          Gold                              8 year old Intermediates

Freyja Nash                           Bronze                         8 year old Intermediates

Team GOLD too to our 8  year old Intermediate Team

Sarah White, Freyja Nash, Nicole Tillbrook

For full results  click here.

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Club Champions!!

Hall of Fame of everyone who recived a special award at this years Championship.

Floor and  Vault Champions

 Isla Calvert        Craig Patterson

Pre - Elite Champions

 Megan Payne      Alex Cowan

Best Progress Trophy     

 Megan Payne




Intermediate Girls

 Laura Jane Core

Advanced Champions

Shannon Archer     James Griffin

Gymnasts of the Year

Shannon Archer     Lucas Thomson     

Mens Club Championship 2010

Another fantastic event! - Once again we cannot thank you enough for all the help we received in getting this Championships on the road and keeping the whole competition running smoothly. It was really nice also to welcome friends from the Falkirk Boys Club who joined us to make this year's event even more special and a special thank you to Andrew Mackie for judging all evening for us.

All the boys rose to the occaision brilliantly and we saw some great performances from both the young and the more experienced boys. I am hoping once again that there will be photo's available very soon both on the Web and some prints to purchase.

Great work everyone and in particular to all the coaches for their work all year with the boys.  Here are the results for you to browse.


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Club Championships 2010

What a brilliant day! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and gave  their time to support the Club in the first part of it's 4th Annual Championships (part 2 -our Boys Competition, Friday 18th June!). The whole event ran extremely smoothly and we even finished over an hour ahead of schedule!

It was lovely to watch every one of our gymnasts and a particular highlight to see our senior girls perform their routines (minus a few of their bigger skills due to the restrictions of our facility) 

You may have noticed that Megan's dad, Steven Payne was busy taking photo's all day. Hopefully we will have some copies of his photo's available in a few days. Thanks Steven.

I'm sure that you are all interested in the results so click here. I was so proud of every single gymnast who took part and I'm really looking forward to watching your progress over the next 12 months!

Great work Everyone and Thank you All          Ruth

West Lothian visit the Isle of Man


One very windy Friday in December an excited group of gymnasts, their coaches and judges from West Lothian Artistic GC met at Edinburgh airport ready for a flight they knew had a reputation of pretty bumpy landings. Douglas, in the Isle of Man beckoned for a busy weekend for the team. This was the first time the club had taken away a team of male and female gymnasts and was an ideal opportunity to enjoy the excitement of a trip away combined with the edge of competition.


First to go were the girls on the Saturday morning. The under 11 team, Shannon Archer, Aimee Bryce, Nieve Crayton, Jade MacKinnon and Shannon McKenzie competed with style and flourish, although a couple of falls at beam meant that they needed to keep the quality up right to the end. The final results were well worth the hard work:

Under 11Team

West Lothian          Gold


Under 11 Individual

Shannon Archer      Gold

Aimee Bryce           Bronze


Individual Apparatus








Shannon Archer      Bronze

Jade MacKinnon     Bronze

Shannon Archer      Bronze


Aimee Bryce           Gold

Shannon Archer      Silver

Aimee Bryce           Silver

Shannon Archer      Silver


Saturday afternoon was the Women’s FIG competition. Jaclyn Duff and Hayley Park both competed extremely well in a very experienced field. Most of the competitors turned out to be seniors with one past Olympian! However despite this the girls concentrated on their own performances and can be proud of their results.


Next day, Sunday, the boys had a lot to live up to. The Under 14 team James Griffin, Grant Millar, Tristan Rabaeijs and Connor Rajek started off the morning in rather chilly conditions but ready to do their best. Once again the results were outstanding:

U14 Team

West Lothian Gold


Under 10 Individual

Connor Rajek   Silver

Under 14 Individual

James Griffin   Gold

 Grant Millar   Silver



Individual Apparatus

Under 10









P Bars

High Bar

Connor Rajek Gold


Connor Rajek Silver

Connor Rajek Bronze

Connor Rajek Bronze

Connor Rajek Silver

Individual Apparatus

Under 14









P Bars

High Bar

James Griffin   Gold

Grant Millar   Silver




James Griffin   Gold

Grant Millar   Silver



Grant Millar   Gold

James Griffin   Bronze


James Griffin   Gold

Grant Millar   Silver

Tristan Rabaeijs Bronze



Grant Millar   Gold

James Griffin   Silver

Tristan Rabaeijs Bronze


Grant Millar   Gold

James Griffin   Silver

Tristan Rabaeijs Bronze


The final competition of the weekend was the Under 16 FIG competition. West Lothian was extremely proud of Paul Fowler who placed 1st on all apparatus and was also awarded the highest FIG score of the day including the Open competition.


In all, West Lothian had a fantastic weekend and could not believe the total of 48 medals that came home with the team! This was a great competition and West Lothian would like to thank the Isle of Man for their tremendous hospitality.

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October 2008

  • Amazing results at Mens 2 piece competition - Bellahouston, Glasgow 26 Oct.  West Lothian's boys did us proud. Competition results were absolutley phenomenal! Beginners Under 10 Will Cassidy gold, Beginners Under 12, Callum Somers Gold, Craig Paterson Silver, NDP in Age Primary 4, Kazacham Dangata gold, NDP out of age Primary 4, Alex Cowan Gold, Elite Under11 Connor Rajek Silver, Under 14 Grant Millar Silver, James Griffin Bronze, Under 16 Paul Fowler Silver.

  • Fantastic Debut for our Women's Team at the Bill Slater Team competition in Newcastle. Very early on Saturday morning, 25 October an excited but slightly nervous group of gymnasts met to travel down to Newcastle for their first experience of representing their club in a team competition outside Scotland. They had all put in the hard work towards preparing for this event and were bent on doing their very best for their team - no individual awards here - Starting on beam Pauline and Ruth watched those selected perform. It was an excellent start with some very nice performances a few unfortunate falls though, kept us on our toes. Moving to floor and vault the whole team went clean and every team member gave their all. Last piece was Bars and although the girls showed some great lines we again saw a few falls that were quite uncharacteristic. We then waited with baited breath for the results and were delighted that we were the top team in the first round. We had to wait until Sunday for the final results when we eventually discovered that we were placed 8th out of 19 teams. This was an amazing achievement for an extremely young team. I am so proud of every single member of our team. Lauren Graham, Hayley Park,Jaclyn Duff, Jade MacKinnon, Aimee Bryce and Shannon Archer.
  • October
  • £450 Grant awarded by West Lothian Council. We are delighted that West Lothian Council have awarded our club a development grant of £450 towards the costs of inviting one of Britain's top choreographers to visit the club on six occaisions throughout 2009. Daniela Nanova has worked with many of Britain's top gymnasts and is currently Scotland's National Choreographer.

  • Permit Awarded to host Floor and Vault Open Comp!  Scottish Gymnastics, our National Governing Body have granted a permit which allows us to host an Open Floor and Vault competition at West Lothian College on 1st March 2009. This will be a great event offering our gymnasts a much needed opportunity to compete and also helps once again with the never ending battle of fundraising.

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September 2008

    • Success for West Lothian gymnasts. Shannon Archer is Scotland's 10 year old champion! Grant Millar is Scotland's under 14 Champion and  Hayley Parkrecently took gold in Scotland's voluntary challenge.
    • More success. Caitlin O'Brien earns bronze medal at the Voluntary Level 3 competition just behind Shannon Archer who took gold. Aimee Bryce was in fourth place and Jade MacKinnon 5th. Jaclyn Duff competed in the Scottish Voluntary challenge and came second just behind West Lothian's Hayley Park. 
    • And More! - Majka Van Herp gained 3rd Place for the Bronze medal  in the 14+ section of the recent Level 5 Individual competition in Bells Sports Centre Perth. Nieve Crayton took  the silver medal in the 10/11 section and Shannon McKenzie came a very respectable 4th. Melissa Rajek, our youngest competitor was the highest placed 8 year old in the 8/9 section being placed 4th overall.   
    •  4 West Lothian gymnasts make the team for British Finals at the 10 year old age group finals in Guildford. Shannon Archer, Caitlin O'Brien, Aimee Bryce and Jade MacKinnon.
    • West Lothian AGC are proud of Mellisa Rajek  who has been selected into the Scottish National Levels squad to join Jennifer Gordon who was selected in April. Well done girls
    • Grant Millar and James Griffin selected to represent Scotland in Bristol at UK school games. Jaclyn Duff selected for pre-selection squad!
    • Well done to all of our gymnasts who have been selected for Scottish National Squads: Shannon Archer, Aimee Bryce, Caitlin O'Brien, Jade MacKinnon, Jennifer Gordon, Melissa Rajek, Grant Millar, Connor Rajek and as a guest James Griffin

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