Athletes compete in ninja-style acrobatics on the Gold Coast

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Lily Pearce - Move It Gymnastics

Gymnastics Queensland GymFest 2019 is being hosted this Sunday 27 October and gymnasts from MyDynamics in Buderim will be competing.

Flips, ninja kicks, tumbling and dance are just a few of the exciting moves more than 100 gymnasts will use to impress the audience during the action-packed Gymnastics Queensland GymFest 2019 at the Southport School on the Gold Coast.

Coming off the back of the highly successful and competitive Junior State Championships, athletes from as young as six-years-old will showcase their gymnastics skills – which for some include ninja-style acrobatics tricks –on Sunday 27 October.

GymFest is all about encouraging participation in the sport through a non-competitive performance style gymnastics event that offers gymnasts the opportunity to display their talents to friends, family and fellow athletes in a fun and sociable environment.

Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said GymFest has been running in Queensland for three years and is a great event that allows people of different ages, genders and abilities to have a go.

“This event has been able to captivate the audience right from the start, without being highly competitive and technical like the other events on the Gymnastics Queensland calendar,” Ms Dowdell said.

GymFest involves three different disciplines of TeamGym, Performance Gymnastics and FreeG which create a thrilling and spectacular atmosphere for spectators and athletes alike.

TeamGym, which is taking Europe by storm, is a Gymnastics for All (GfA) program that sees groups of six to 12 combining three different apparatuses of tumbling, mini tramp and dance into their performance.

The discipline’s rules allow coaches to design routines that highlight the strengths of all their athletes – from the very beginner to the most advanced.

Performance Gymnastics combines elements of dance, parkour, martial arts and other performing arts with group performances of either four-10 or 11+ athletes that take place on a 12m x 12m floor.

“These disciplines are all about taking a team approach with plenty of stunts that create a dynamic atmosphere for spectators,” Ms Dowdell said.

FreeG is a ‘ninja’ style time trial event which was brought to worldwide attention through festival performances and stunt actors.

“There’s always a lot of interest in this event and it will certainly get the hearts racing for our athletes,” Ms Dowdell said.

“FreeG is a mix of traditional gymnastics and acrobatics tricks as well as kicks and leaps from martial arts.

“GymFest is really all about having a good time, and we would love the spectators to come down and enjoy the incredible performances from our athletes.”

GymFest 2019 will be held at The Southport School, Winchester Street, Southport on Sunday, 27 October.

Tickets are available at the door.

For further details, please visit www.gymqld.org.au

 
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