Today, local MSP Colin Beattie gave his support to a fundraising campaign being launched by Musselburgh’s Fraser Mcleod to reach the World Double Mini Trampolining (DMT) championships in Bulgaria in November and the DMT Louie Cup in Portugal in October.
Fourteen-year-old Fraser is a two-time British Champion for DMT 2015/16, and also holds the title of Scottish Overall Champion for DMT 2016 and Scottish Trampolining Champion for 2016 in the Elite category for his age group. He was named as the Scottish Junior Gymnast of the year 2016 and represented the Great Britain team last October at the European Teamgym Gymnastics Championships in Slovenia.
Mr Mcleod has launched his fundraiser as the double mini trampoline discipline does not count as an Olympic Sport, therefore receiving no funding from British Gymnastics. Mr Mcleod and his family have to pay for all training and travel, including to regular training sessions at Lillehall in North Wales. He is aiming to raise £1,000 to attend the DMT Louie Cup in Portugal and £1,200 to attend the DMT championships in Bulgaria.
Donations can be made via the webpage at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fraser-mcleod?utm_id=2&utm_term=XgKXpdaea
Mr Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, met with Fraser and his family at the Parliament to discuss how he could help with the fundraising campaign. Mr Beattie made a personal donation of £50, and commented:
‘This is a great campaign. As soon as I heard from Fraser I wanted to do what I can to help support him.
‘His dedication to Double Mini Trampolining is clearly reflected in the substantial number of awards he’s picked up in recent years. He’s a real ambassador to the sport, not to mention being a role model for young people across Musselburgh and East Lothian.
‘It’s not often we have the opportunity to see local athletes like Fraser attending prestigious events like the championships in Bulgaria and Portugal.
‘That’s why I’m looking forward to seeing how far and wide his campaign will go, and I urge everyone to donate as much as they can afford. That way we can all root for Fraser!’