Posted on 16/01/2018 in Acrobatic
This weekend sees the first event in the Scottish competitive calendar and the biggest acrobatic gymnastics competition of the year.
Almost 200 partnerships are competing in the Acrobatic Invitational at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Regional Sport Centre on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January.
The event was first held last January and proved immensely popular, which has led to a large increase in the number of gymnasts entering from the biggest clubs in England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales as well as Scotland.
One of the clubs travelling north is King Edmunds from Bristol who will be filmed throughout the weekend as some of their partnerships are being featured in a documentary about acro to be shown on CBBC later this year.
Chair of the Technical Panel, Andy Youl, is looking forward to the weekend. He said:
“This is our biggest competition in the Scottish calendar, not just because of the number of gymnasts competing, but also due to the prestige of the clubs they represent, with at least one partnership having competed at world levels.
“It gives our gymnasts at higher platform, as they might be used to competing on their own in a category, so this gives them an indication of where they are with their own gymnastics. It is great opportunity to pitch themselves against the best in the UK before they go to the British Championships.
“Last year’s event also showed some of the new partnerships how well they can do, or they had to do, if they want to compete at a higher level. It is quite aspirational to watch others at those higher levels and see what, with a lot of work, they can achieve too.”
March on is at 9.15am on Saturday with medal presentations at approximately 7.30pm due to the number of partnerships. Competition begins at the same time on Sunday, with medals scheduled for 4.15pm.
Tickets are available on the door so head along and cheer on the Scots. Good luck everyone!
Two-day pass: Adult £12, concession £6
One-day pass: Adult £7, concession £4
Concession is under 16 and over 60