A trampolinist who is among the world’s elite in her sport has been nominated for a prestigious prize.
Bridge of Don’s Kim Beattie is up for Sports Achiever of the Year – Student at Aberdeen’s Sports Awards on October 4.
Beattie, pictured, competes in double mini trampolining (DMT), which is similar to gymnastics’ vault as competitors take a run up before using the trampoline to perform a complicated movement for points.
Along with the Great Britain senior squad, Kim went to the 2017 world championships, placing 14th on the planet individually before winning team silver.
The University of Aberdeen student said: “It was amazing. The competition was so dramatic as one of my team-mates initially wasn’t awarded a score for her pass (routine).
“We didn’t think we were getting a medal and then right at the end of the competition they gave her a score and we knew that would be enough to get us into the medals.
“To go from ‘we’re not getting a medal’ to ‘oh my gosh we are’ was amazing.”
Each round of competition sees Kim have just two passes at the trampoline to build up a combined score.
It’s an acrobatic sport with little margin for error.
In the first pass, she must perform a move in the tuck shape – a double back-flip – and then use her second run, in the pike shape, to hit a double back-flip with full twist.
Kim’s journey to international level in her discipline has been a lifelong commitment.
From age three she attended artistic gymnastics classes at City of Aberdeen, transferring to trampolining with the Arrows club in 2010.
She’s been focused on the DMT variant of the sport with Banchory Trampoline Club for the past five years.
Of choosing to focus her efforts on DMT, Kim said: “When I was in gymnastics I was really good on vault.
“DMT just felt so natural to me, like I was back on vault again.”
Banchory are, Kim says, one of the “best trampolining clubs in Scotland” and her commitment to train with them sees her travelling in and out of the city five times a week.
On top of these 10 hours of training, plus five hours of strength and conditioning work, Kim is also in her third year of a degree in electrical and electronic engineering at Aberdeen.
She competes in conventional trampoline for the uni but her main focus is getting back to the world champs again.
Kim said: “We’ve got our final trial for worlds this weekend and British Championships. Hopefully we’ll qualify again this year.”