Hamilton Gymnastics Club is jumping into the new year on a high after its 10th anniversary year saw the club founders’ biggest dream come true.

And 2018 looks to be every bit as big for the club, with a host of major competitions coming up.

Fast becoming the gymnastics club to watch in Scotland, Hamilton has not only put itself on the map with outstanding results from its gymnasts but has finally completed the move to a state-of-the-art facility in Blantyre Industrial Estate.

After a two-year fundraising drive, the club now has a permanent home in a 15,000 square foot gymnasium, kitted out with equipment normally seen at world and Olympic events.

It hasn’t been easy but for head coaches Ruth Gibson and Wendy Lucas it’s a lifelong dream come true.

The club started 10 years ago with a handful of gymnasts and a hired gym at Hamilton College.

When they moved into Eddlewood Sports Barn, which was opened by Olympian Beth Tweddle just under five years ago, it seemed like a huge step but they quickly wanted more.

Ahead of the official opening at Unit 10 in Blantyre Industrial Estate in late March, Ruth said: “We finally did it! We are gearing up for the official opening and we want everyone to come and see what a brilliant facility we have and have a try.

“We have always tried to give our gymnasts the best environment to try and achieve their own dreams, and after raising £200,000 we have now been able to give them that.”

Behind the doors of a row of converted…

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