• Jacob Brydon



Pavel Karnejenko and Shannon Archer have today been crowned the new men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics senior champions at this weekend’s Scottish National Artistic Gymnastics Championships which were held at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth.

Returning for the first time since 2019 - the event brings together the top artistic gymnasts from across the country. For many in the senior category, this is the first exciting step on the road to possible selection for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Pavel, who trains with the City of Glasgow took home the senior men’s all-around title with a total score of 81.250 – including a new personal best on the still rings. Following a successful 2021 – West Lothian’s Cameron Lynn claimed the silver medal, with a score of 77.800. Pavel’s City of Glasgow teammate Kelvin Cham came in third place with an overall score of 77.000.

Pavel was the 2017 junior men’s champion and went on to represent Great Britain at the 2018 European Games. This title is his first senior men’s championship title.

The 22-year-old takes the title from 2019 Scottish senior men’s champion and commonwealth games gymnast Frank Baines. The senior men’s competition came down to the final routine, with Frank Baines finishing just outside the medals.

Shannon Archer (South Essex) secured her second senior championship title. It was a closely fought competition with the main challenger Ellie Patrick from Dynamic. She finished the competition in second place 4.200 points behind. Shannon’s final performance on the floor sealed her championship title, after a strong all-around performance and the highest overall average vault score of the competition. The bronze medallist was two-time junior women’s champion Crystelle Lake from the City of Glasgow.

Shannon competed in Gold Cost 2018 Commonwealth Games, and she will be hoping today’s championship victory will help her in her aim of securing a second team selection this summer.

Following his win, Pavel Karnejenko said: “I’ve really enjoyed getting back to competition today. I’m really proud to have won the title, and I look forward to the rest of the competitions in the run-up to Birmingham 2022.”

For Pavel, it is the start to the season he’s been working towards. He said: “I really hope I can continue to perform well at the British Championships and it would be great to be selected for my first Commonwealth Games.”

Speaking after her all-around win, Shannon Archer said: “I’m really happy with my performance today, it was a highlight for me getting to return to a championships at home after the last couple of years. I’m setting my sights on the next competition and hope to make the team representing Scotland in the summer.

Sam Hendrikson, Scottish Gymnastics Head of Performance said: “It has been an impressive competition, and we have loved watching the gymnasts compete across the apparatus in today’s all-around competition. An event like this highlights the calibre of artistic gymnastics in Scotland, and we look forward to the next stage on the road to Brimingham 2022 for our senior gymnasts at the British Championships in March.

In the day’s earlier sessions at Bell’s Sports Centre, Ava MacFarlane’s all-around score of 47.050 secured the City of Glasgow gymnast the junior women’s championship ahead of Milli De O’Hara from Dynamic (45.800) and West Lothian’s Tilly Bee (44.350).

In the under 18 men’s competition, the competition was strong, with Reuben Ward claiming the gold medal with a score of 72.950. Second place went to Portsmouth’s Connor Sullivan and the bronze medal was awarded to Daniel Sabba from Hamilton.

The under 12 men’s championship title was won for the first time by Ryan Nicholson from Hamilton with a score of 67.400, while Lasswade’s Aidan Coyle and Hamilton teammate Alex Fraser joined them on the podium having scored 63.500 and 62.200 respectively.

At Espoir level, behind Katie Ferries (City of Aberdeen)’s winning total of 43.250 was Brooke Evans from Dynamic who won silver with 42.900, and Sophie Campbell who secured bronze with 42.650.

Luca Robinson (City of Newcastle) won his first under 16 men’s championship title, with a score of 69.250 ahead of Hamilton’s Aaron Convery (68.900) and Kyle Miller from West Lothian who scored 68.450 in third place.

Oskar Kolodziej (Lasswade) won his first under 14 men’s champion’s title with total of 67.250.

Full results from the competition are available from

About Scottish Gymnastics

Scottish Gymnastics is the National Governing Body for Gymnastics in Scotland, responsible for the governance and development of all gymnastics disciplines across Scotland.

Scottish Gymnastics has a membership of around 170 clubs and more than 30,000 gymnasts, coaches and officials.

Scottish Gymnastics staff work across four key functional areas, Club Development, Performance Gymnastics, Coach and Judge Education and Corporate Operations. Our performance team are responsible for the development of world class gymnasts and coaches, based on our 2015-2027 strategy.

Scottish Gymnastics’ major partner and funding agency is sportscotland, and is recognised by UK Sport as well as being an affiliated member of British Gymnastics which represents the four home countries and is the responsible national federation under the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) for international competitions.