2015 Sainsbury’s School Games Meet The teams: Scotland


Laura-Jane Core – West Lothian
Anna Gibson – West Lothian
Louise McColgan – Largs
Sofia Ramzan   –  DGC2K
Isla Warr –  Park Wrekin

Scotland return to the games with three of their 2014 team; Laura, Sofia, and Louise, plus newcomers Isla and Anna. The girls will be looking to duplicate or better their team bronze medal from last year, and this time also take some individual medals away with them. This is an entirely realistic target, especially for GB junior international and squad member Louise McColgan.

Laura Jane Core finished 15th AA at the 2014 games. She also took a sliver on floor at the Coupe des Arques, and did particularly well at the Challenge Cup taking silver AA and on bars, as well as bronze on beam. Laura qualified from the Challenge cup to be eligible to compete at the Espoir British Championships, where she placed 33rd AA as a first year. At this years Scottish Championships, Laura finished 2nd AA in the Espoir category, 1st on vault and floor, and second on bars.

Laura’s beam and floor from the 2014 School Games

First year Espoir Anna Gibson is a rising star of Scottish gymnastics, and although one of the youngest at the competition, a name to note for the future. This year at the Celtic Cup she finished 5th AA, 8th on vault, and third on beam, she didn’t compete at the Scottish National Championships, but she did pass her Compulsory 1 at the British Compulsory Championships finishing 3rd AA in age which is an outstanding result against the best  British gymnasts of her age. No videos of Anna to share as yet, hopefully we will get to see her gymnastics on the live feed.

Louise McColgan will need no introduction to followers of junior gymnastics in Great Britain. Dancing her way on to the ‘ones to watch’ radar in 2013 as a first year Espoir with her ‘Waltzing Matilda’ floor routine showing a performance quality and projection so lacking in many gymnasts at senior level, let alone as she was then four years from senior competition, Louise gained fans not just in Great Britain, but world wide.  2015 sees Louise make her third trip to the School Games, three quarters through what has been her most successful year yet. Louise took the AA title, and every apparatus title at the Scottish Junior Championships, she then entered her first Junior British Championships finishing 4th AA, 3rd on beam, and second only to Catherine Lyons on floor. Louise also received her first GB international call up, placing second with the team at the French three way international. A member of the junior national squad, and the 2016 junior Europeans squad, Louise has upgraded impressively this year, is one of the favorites for the AA title, and has the potential to leave  the games with a handful of medals,  .

Louise talked to British Gymnewstics following her international debut, you can read her thoughts here:


Louise’s medal winning performances from the 2015 Junior British

Sofia Ramzan will be joining the Scottish gymnasts at the British Championships from now on, having passed her Compulsory 1 this year. As a junior she will be eligible for the 2016 championships as opposed to this years Espoirs. Sofia finished second to Louise at the Scottish national championships, and second on every piece, she also placed 7th AA and made the beam final at Coupe des Arques. There are no recent videos of Sofia available, but here are her Vault, bars, and beam from 2013, and we look forward to seeing how she has progressed.

Isla Warr is the 2015 Scottish Espoir Champion, taking the top spot on bars and beam, and third place on floor.  She finished 10th AA in the Celtic cup, and placed 5th on Vault. Isla passed her Compulsory 1 in 2014 making her eligible to compete in the British Espoir Championships which hopefully we will see her contest later this year. No videos of Isla available at the moment,  hopefully we be able to see her gymnastics on the live feed.

Good luck girls!