TWO West Fife gymnastics clubs could be set to leap to prestigious accolades after they had representatives shortlisted for national prizes.

Acrobay Gymnastics Club's Erin Henderson, Sacha Muir and Chloe Rowlands, and head coach Suzanne Fraser, alongside Carnegie Spartans Gymnastics Club's Fiona Ashton-Jones, have been named as finalists in the Scottish Gymnastics Awards.

The annual ceremony, which will be held in Edinburgh on November 9, will celebrate the best of the sport over the last 12 months in seven categories: Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Young Coach of the Year, Senior Gymnast of the Year, Junior Gymnast of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Official of the Year.

More than 110 nominations for individuals and clubs have been whittled down to 23 finalists, and talented trio Erin, 19, Sacha, 19, and Chloe, 15, are in the running for the Senior Gymnast of the Year accolade.

The partnership, who last year won the Junior Gymnast of the Year prize, are currently in Holon, Israel, representing Great Britain at the European Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics, which began yesterday (Wednesday).

They are one of 16 partnerships participating in the competition and, in an outstanding 2019, competed for Scotland at the Acro World Cup in Portugal, took gold at the Acrobatic British Championship in the 13-19 women's groups and were the only Team GB representatives in their discipline at June's European Games in Belarus.

In addition, in 2018, they finished fourth at the World Age Group Championships in Belgium, in which they became the first ever junior Scottish partnership to represent GB at the competition.

They will go up against Louise Christie (Beacon Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Kim Beattie (Banchory Trampoline Club) for the award, and Suzanne – who is in the running to be named Coach of the Year alongside Melanie Stewart Wills (Banchory) and Jacqueline Inglis (Forth Valley Gymnastics Club) – said: "It's nice to be recognised.

"They've had a massive effect on not just our club but Scotland because they're an inspiration. They're the first of their kind from Scotland to be produced so it has now given lots of other gymnasts that ambition that it's achievable.

"It's an achievable goal now that they've seen them do it, so why not everybody else with hard work and dedication?

"I'm extremely proud."

In the Volunteer of the Year category, Carnegie Spartans' Fiona has been shortlisted alongside Emily Richardson (Dumfries Y Gymnastics Club) and Lindsay Rutherford (City of Edinburgh Gymnastics Club).

Based in Bruce Street, Carnegie Spartans provide opportunities from children, aged four and upwards, to participate in men's artistic, or TeamGym gymnastics, at recreational and competitive levels.