Posted on 11/08/2018 in Acrobatic
The SSE Hydro gymnastics competition floor was taken over earlier today by more than 270 gymnasts ahead of the European Men’s Artistic team final.
Nine clubs from across Scotland enjoyed the opportunity offered by Scottish Gymnastics and Glasgow 2018 to somersault into the limelight at the European Championships competition venue, taking to the very same floor as some of Europe’s gymnastics elite.
Aged from five to 47, gymnasts from different disciplines were given a one-off chance to showcase their skills on the European Championships floor, in front of a crowd of nearly 900 family and friends. Each group was given ten minutes to perform competitive or display routines in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The audience was treated to a showcase of gymnastics skills similar to Gymfest which began over 30 years ago to promote gymnastics for all - regardless of ability, age and gender.
Scottish Gymnastics Club of the Year, Dynamite Gymnastics were first to take to the stage, while Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club brought together fifty gymnasts aged five to 47 came from five different display teams. To roundoff the show, the biggest group of the day from Hamilton Gymnastics Club (pictured) exploded onto the stage, as 75 gymnasts performed ‘Our Greatest Show’, inspired by The Greatest Showman hit movie.
Glasgow 2018 European Championships Director Colin Hartley said: “Glasgow 2018 is invested in harnessing the legacy that sporting events of this scale can often leave behind, so we jumped at the chance to offer this unique experience to Scotland’s gymnastics clubs. Gymfest has been a fantastic enterprise by Scottish Gymnastics, making the sport more accessible across the board, so it’s been a real treat to give the gymnasts the experience of performing in a world class competition arena”.
Euan Lowe, Chief Executive of Scottish Gymnastics, added: “We would like to thank Glasgow 2018 European Championships for giving our member clubs the chance to perform at The SSE Hydro. It is always inspiring to see gymnasts of different ages enjoying working together and producing such skilful and entertaining performances. For the coaches and gymnasts, being able to enjoy the experience on the Championships floor in a world-class arena makes it all the more memorable.”
The clubs who wowed the audience were:
Dynamite Gymnastics Club
Their team of six to eight year olds are performing a routine inspired by Toy Story, while the Sparklers (aged six - 13) will balance, tumble and dance in their Moana routine.
East Kilbride Gymnastics Club
Acrobatic gymnasts aged 10 – 24 in mixed pair, women’s group, and two women’s pairs, performing balance, combined and tempo acrobatic gymnastic routines.
Balwearie Gymnastics Club
Thirty three development gymnasts and display team members (aged 7 to 16) for their La La Land inspired routine showing artistic and acrobatic gymnastics.
Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club
Fifty gymnasts aged five to 47, as the clubs five display teams come together for the first time in one performance set to the music of Queen. The performers include the fun, young gymnasts, the adult display teams and national level competitive gymnasts in TeamGym and acrobatic gymnastics.
Infinity Display Team, Falkirk
This team of 23 gymnasts performed their “Jive Bunny” routine.
Allander Gymnastics Club
Their team of girls and boys, aged six to 14, is made up of recreational and competitive gymnasts. They are performing a range of skills from artistic gymnastics mixed with street dancing.
Rebound, from Grangemouth Community Gymnastics Team
Rebound is a recreational display team of girls aged between eight and 15. Their coaches choose the music for the routines they love dancing along to!
Kilmarnock Acrobatic Gymnastics Club
Nine acrobatic gymnasts aged 10 to 21 showcasing their acrobatic gymnastics skills.
Hamilton Gymnastics Club
Seventy five gymnasts aged seven to 20 from display teams, women’s artistic, men’s artistic and acrobatic sections of their club to perform what "Our Greatest Show" set to music from The Greatest Showman.