Inverness gymnasts to represent Great Britain
INVERNESS Gymnastics Club will fly the flag for Great Britain this summer after being chosen to take part in the World Gymnaestrada in Austria this July.
World Gymnaestrada is the largest global gymnastics festival and this year over 23,000 individuals from a record-breaking 60 countries will join forces in the Austrian town of Dornbirn.
At the week-long non-competitive festival, from 7-13 July, a total of 800 British gymnasts will be taking part – nearly double the country’s representation at the last Gymnaestrada in Finland in 2015.
The Inverness gymnasts collected their team kit in Nottingham late last month at the last national rehearsal day before the event.
John Humphries, the local club’s team leaders, said: “It’s the largest team we’ve ever sent to Gymnaestrada, totalling 43 gymnasts aged 12-45.
“For me, a couple of the coaches and some of the seniors it’s our return to Austria having performed out there 12 years ago, so it’s going to be extra special.
“The gymnasts feel a real sense of responsibility as soon as they put on the GB kit and the effort and quality of the work produced is great to see.”
The event takes place every four years and is a fantastic opportunity for the world gymnastics community to unite and celebrate their sport.
The GB team will include gymnasts from 30 British Gymnastics affiliated clubs, with participants ranging from 6 years old to their 60s.
Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler joined the rehearsals to share her experiences of competing for Great Britain and show her support for the teams.