Young gymnasts aiming for another big leap

Liam Watson and Aidan Jordaan who have been selected in national development squad. Coach Chris Chalk
Liam Watson and Aidan Jordaan who have been selected in national development squad. Coach Chris Chalk

Two gymnasts from Falkirk are showing a lot of potential.

So much so, they’ve been recruited to the national squad with an eye on progressing from the Scottish Development Squad into the National Potential Squad.

It’s part one of an advance to elite status for Aidan Jordaan and Liam Watson, where they could be doing somersaults in the National Performance squad – the level where Commonwealth athletes can be selected.

Glasgow next year might come too early for Aidan (9) and Liam (8), but under coach Chris Chalk’s tutelage they have tumbled into the first stage of getting there.

Chris, who coaches Falkirk Gymnastics Club based at the gymnastics school in Cow Wynd, told The Falkirk Herald: “They train twice a week with the club – sometimes more.

“They can total six to nine hours sometimes – plus their development squad training.

“They meet up with that group once a month, and as well as Aidan and Liam there are another 11 boys in the squad.”

That training is spread around the country from Lasswade and Dundee in the east, to Bellahouston and the national sports centre in Largs on the west coast.

At their last competition – the Beginner and Intermediate two-piece competition in Perth last year, Aidan was second, ahead of Liam in fourth in the level two competition.

Falkirk’s Dylan Patter was first in the level one group, while club-mate Nathan McLellan was second in his pool.