RISING stars with Acrobay Gymnastics Club showed the future is bright after winning a clutch of medals at a national competition.

The Rosyth-based club's 'minis', aged between five and eight, were among more than 200 acrobatic gymnasts from across the country that took part in Scottish Gymnastics' NDP Tournament and Beginners Competition at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell.

Competing in the beginners' section of the event, it was a first taste of competing outside of Acrobay at a major venue for most of the youngsters, but they took it in their stride to collect four gold medals, three silver and three bronze overall.

The beginners' competition ran alongside the NDP Partnership Tournament for Grades 1-5 and IDP (International Development Plan) levels, and the gymnasts in the individual section were required to perform a sequence of individual moves, competing for medals within their age categories.

They then had their chance to shine on the main floor in the beginners' pairs section of the competition, in which newly-formed partnerships demonstrated moves and balances in front of a large assembled audience.

A total of 19 Acrobay members were in action, and they were: Amelie Belford, Olivia Penny Brailey, Cali Gibson, Caitlin Pascall, Orla Connolly, Mila Sinclair, Brodey Smith, Lillie MacKean, Maisie McNicoll, Emily Watson, Taryn Anderson, Poppy Campbell, Lucie Roy, Grace Cunningham, Sophia Hanlin, Orla Noble, Maya Larg, Sofia Campbell and Lauren Whitfield.

Despite the scale of the event, there was little sign of nerves as the girls took to the floor like true professionals, performing with confidence and huge smiles for the judges and audience, resulting in podium places for quite a few of the club’s newest competition team.

In the individual competition, gold medals were won by Maisie McNicoll, Grace Cunningham and Lauren Whitfield; silver medals were taken by Mila Sinclair and Poppy Campbell; while Brodey Smith, Lucie Roy and Sofia Campbell won bronze.

Taryn Anderson and Grace Cunningham, in the Age 5-7 category, won gold in the beginners' pairs section, while Lucie Roy and Lauren Whitfield grabbed silver in the Age 7-11 category.

Acrobay coaches Maria Roche and Hannah Murphy were impressed with the youngsters' performance, and commented: "This was such an exciting weekend for these wee ones.

"Many of them had never competed outside of the club before so it was a huge milestone for them to perform in front of a large audience as part of a major national event. This didn’t seem to faze them at all though and they were all super-confident on the floor.

"They really are our stars of the future and we’re so proud of them all."