Springing into action

A Stonehaven man will be making his way to London next month to oversee the trampolining event.

John Beeton, who has been the head trampolining judge for the last three Olympic Games, is the number one trampolining judge in the UK. He judged the men’s trampolining event in Athens, Beijing and Sydney but has this year slightly changed his role.

John will take a more technical approach and has been hard at work preparing the technical aspect of this year’s event. His title is technical delegate group leader and he will use his previous experience and expertise to ensure everything is done in time, all the equipment is in place and all the judges are where they should be as well as many other aspects to make sure the event goes as smoothly as possible.

The gymnast enthusiast first became interested in the sport 36 years ago and has since jumped up the trampolining ranks. His passion began whilst working at a youth club in Keilty, Fife. At the club there was a trampoline in the hall that none of the children were allowed to use because no-one was trained to show them how to. John noticed this and soon began a range of training courses. He soon became the team manager for the Scottish trampolining team for 16 years and worked for the International Trampolining Federation before they joined up with the International Federation of Gymnastics in 1999. As part of this agreement, individual trampolining was accepted into the Summer Olympic Games for 2000 as an additional gymnastic sport. John’s career kept escalating as he was then head hunted and began judging the event on a national scale.

For the past few months the Stonehaven resident has been working hard to get the games in order. Now the technical regulation document has gone to print, John says he can relax and look forward to the games, “It’s long hours but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for Great Britain. I can relax a wee bit now that all the planning has been done and on the day I just need to check everything is in place.”

Originally from the Fife area, John was in the military from 1982 until 2003. He was CEO of the army cadet force in this area and now has settled in Stonehaven.