Posted: Monday 13 November 2017

High School gymnast makes successful vault to senior level

Gymnast Sarah McKenzie represented her country for the first time as a senior at the Northern European Championships A High School of Dundee gymnast has made the vault into the senior ranks in medal-winning fashion!

Representing her country for the first time as a senior, Sarah McKenzie was part of the five-strong Scotland squad that won team bronze at the Northern European Championships in the Faroe Islands.

Competing against teams from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and the host nation in floor, bars, beam and vault competitions, the Scottish quintet performed strongly to take third spot, just behind Norway and Iceland.

And the F5 pupil had further cause for celebration as her own impressive solo performances saw Sarah end the competition as Scotland's top points scorer, a new personal best of 48.58 earning her sixth place in the individual standings.

Adding to her achievements, Sarah also scored personal bests on the vault and on the beam, with the latter performance gaining her the second qualifying spot for the finals, ahead of 39 other competitors.   

Sarah McKenzie was part of the five-strong Scottish bronze-winning team

Sarah, who competes for City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club and is a member of the Scottish Commonwealth Games preparation squad, said, "I am always so proud to represent my country but this was very special for me as it was my first time competing as a senior.

"We were delighted as a team to win the bronze medal and an extra bonus was that I achieved the two qualifying scores for phase 2 of 2018 Commonwealth Games selection process. This means that I can now be put forward for selection.

"I know that I have a long way to go but I will continue to work hard in the hope that I can add more qualifying scores to my name which will improve my chances of selection."


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