Amy Regan of Largs Gymnastics Club won her fifth senior all-around title while Daniel Purvis of Southport YMCA defended last year’s all-around title at the 2015 Scottish Championships, held over the weekend in Perth.
The senior women’s field was somewhat depleted after the retirement of Emma White and injuries to Commonwealth Games team members Carly Smith, Erin McLachlan, and Cara Kennedy.
With a score of 48.750, Regan bested silver medalist Izzy Tolometti of Garioch Gymnastics Club, a first year senior, by over two points; fellow Garioch gymnast Megan Wright earned the bronze with a 44.800.
Regan began her day with clean performances on vault, including a Yurchenko layout for a 13.500 followed by a handspring front tuck for a 13.250. On beam, Regan competed a switch to switch side, back handspring, clean side aerial, back tuck, switch half, and a layout dismount. Opening with a double pike, hitting her double tuck, and finishing with a clean double full, Regan brought in a 12.600 on floor.
In addition to her all-around win, Regan also won titles on vault with an average of 13.350, bars with an 11.750, and floor with a 13.100. She shared the beam title with Wright, as both earned an 11.300 to tie.
In the junior session, 13-year-old Louise McColgan won the all-around title with a 52.500 while also sweeping the event gold medals. In fact, she was so impressive, her scores were actually better than any of the senior scores, making her a big example of someone to watch for the future. McColgan won the 2013 and 2014 Scottish Espoir titlesas well as the 2013 British Espoir title on beam, and placed 6th in the all-around at the UK School Games last September. This is her first season as a junior international elite.
On the MAG side of things, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Purvis won the senior all-around title with an 86.983, four-point lead over his Southport YMCA teammate Frank Baines.
Purvis began with a great floor routine, opening with a double double, competing a double front as his side pass, and finishing with a tucked double arabian for a 14.600. He also earned a 15.3 on pommel horse before closing out his night on high bar with a 14.500, where he was mostly solid aside from a few form issues, including a step out on his double double layout dismount.
He wasn’t without problems, having a fall on p-bars and coming up really short on his rings dismount, but then came back strong for event finals, winning titles on all four events he competed, including a huge 15.825 for his brilliant p-bars routine.
On Sunday, Purvis ended up scratching the ring final, where only three gymnasts competed; the title there went to Baines, who earned a 14.100. Barry Koursarys of the City of Glasgow program was the only gymnast to compete two vaults, making him the automatic gold medalist there with an average of 11.623.
Only two junior men competed in Perth. Stephen Tonge of West Lothian won the all-around title with a score of 68.000 while Kelvin Cham of City of Glasgow earned silver with a 67.567. The Championships also included a men’s intermediate division, with Joshua Lincoln of Bury GC earning gold with a 72.384.
Event finals were combined for the junior and intermediate levels. Lincoln won the titles on floor, vault, p-bars, and high bar while Cham won the pommel horse gold and Pavel Karnejenko of City of Glasgow won on rings.
Article by Lauren Hopkins