Local gymnasts are preparing to compete for some of the state’s most coveted gymnastics medals at this year’s Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) State Club Championships being held at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium on the Sunshine Coast between 24-29 June.
Over 1,200 of Queensland’s most talented male and female gymnasts from 40 clubs across the state — including Maroochy Beach Gymnastics Association, Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Academy, YMCA Caloundra and Cooroy Gymnastics Club — have been training hard in a bid to get a position on the podium.
Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said the event would also include the Border Challenge competition which welcomes clubs from Western Australia, ACT, New South Wales and Victoria.
“This is one of the most anticipated events on the Gymnastics Queensland calendar and we look forward to having the state’s most gifted gymnasts showcasing their talent at the 2016 event,” Ms Dowdell said.
“Gymnastics is a fantastic spectator sport, especially for children who may be thinking about joining a club to benefit from the excellent all-round physical skills the sport provides.”
“This is a good precursor to the Rio Olympics which are now less than two months away. We always see interest in gymnastics spike as those on the world stage inspire the next generation.”
Ms Dowdell said gymnasts would take to apparatus such as the vault, rings, parallel bars, horizontal bar, pommel horse, uneven bars and balance beam as well as completing floor routines throughout the six-day event.
“Gymnastics is a high energy sport incorporating plenty of complex moves and routines and we’re really looking forward to seeing the competitors demonstrate a series of tumbles and other strength and flexibility displays at the event.”
“Events such as these also provide an opportunity for the competitors to learn from one another, improve their technique and develop new skills.”
“Spectating at these events provides a fun and entertaining day out for the whole family, and the best part is that entry for children is free. I’d encourage anyone interested in the sport to come along and witness some of the country’s most proficient gymnasts in action.”
Ms Dowdell said a number of Queensland athletes would also participate in the Special Olympics events being held over the weekend.
“The Special Olympics sees athletes with an intellectual disability showcase their gymnastics prowess,” Ms Dowdell said.
“Seven gymnasts from across the state will participate in the event, competing to reach their personal best and achieve a place on the podium.”
For further details regarding this event, please visit www.gymqld.org.au.
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) State Club Championships.
Border Challenge competition.
Friday, 24 June. 3.30pm-8.30pm. (Warm-ups commence 2pm)
Saturday, 25 June. 8.30am-6.50pm. (Warm-ups commence 8am)
Sunday, 26 June. 8.30am-6.50pm. (Warm-ups commence 8am)
Monday, 27 June. 9am-5.10pm. (Warm-ups commence 8.30am)
Tuesday, 28 June. 9am-6.50pm. (Warm-ups commence 8am)
Wednesday, 29 June. 8.30am-2.45pm. (Warm-ups commence 8am)
Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Golden Beach, Caloundra.
Caloundra Indoor Stadium, Caloundra
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