2 December 2022
2022 Festival of Gymnastics Brings Joy to the Community
Over the weekend of November 20 -21, Gymnastics WA hosted the Festival of Gymnastics for the third year running. Looking a bit different from a typical gymnastics event, we had 216 athletes from 9 affiliated clubs compete in FreeG, TeamGym and show off their skills with Performance Displays.
FreeG, or Freestyle Gymnastics, fuses traditional gymnastics and acrobatic tricks where participants are encouraged to use traditional gymnastics equipment in new ways. Athletes are required to make their way through the course as fast as they could, whilst avoiding the out of bounds areas but making sure they touched every checkpoint. They then had the opportunity to show off their skills in a freestyle round. This is a relatively new competitive stream of gymnastics part of the Gymnastics for All (GfA) program and we look forward to watching the sport grow. Congratulations to all athletes who competed!
On Saturday evening we geared up to host athletes, coaches, spectators and guest judges for our Performance Displays, where 9 teams showcased their choreographed routines that displayed a number of skills from a range of gymsports including aerobics, acrobatics, rhythmic, artistic gymnastics and tumbling. Like last year, spectators got involved by voting for their favourite performance which then determined who was to perform for the Festival of Gymnastics perpetual trophy, decided by our three guest judges in the final. We sincerely thank our guest judges Chiara Boardman, ex-Rhythmic Gymnast and circus performer, Amie Thompson, Olympic Artistic Swimmer and high performance artistic swimming coach and Alexander McKinnon, highly-regarded Australian ballet dancer. A huge congratulations goes to all athletes who competed and a further congratulations to those teams who choreographed their own routines, in particular, Glitter and Finesse from West Coast Gymnasts, the 2021 Festival of Gymnastics winners.
TeamGym combines parts of tumbling, mini tramp and floor routines to create an exciting team competition – and that’s exactly what this session of the Festival of Gymnastics was. The spectator cheering and encouragement gave all 12 teams inspiration to perform and have great fun. In the novice division, we had 33 athletes ranging from 5 years to 13 years and working as a team to show off their skills, hard work and development. The other teams ranged from the intermediate to international division, landing spectacular flips, spins and routines giving evidence to the purpose of TeamGym, to encourage individual skill development and team work. Just like FreeG, we look forward to this sport growing and welcoming athletes from even more clubs in the coming years.
To all the judges, volunteers, coaches, club, and support staff, thank you for your invaluable contributions to this event. Thank you also to Healthway, Go for 2&5, and Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy athletes Molly, Kristina, Federica, and Giorgia who all contributed to our spectator engagement and increasing the smiles and laughs throughout the event.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s Festival of Gymnastics and if you’ve got any questions about your club getting involved, let us know!
Speed-Run 5-10 years
1st Place – Niamh McEwen
2nd Place – Mitchell Kitchin
3rd Place – Indianna Davitt
Speed-Run 11-15 years
1st Place – Kyan Macdougall-Hull
2nd Place – Trey Macdougall-Hull
3rd Place – Beau Milne
1st Place – Niamh McEwen
2nd Place – Beau Milne
3rd Place – Lughaidh List
1st Place – Trey Macdougall-Hull
2nd Place – Kyan Macdougall-Hull
1st Place – Trinity (NDGC Acro)
2nd Place – Cheeky Monkeys (Contemporary Gymnastics Academy)
3rd Place – Hidden gems (Contemporary Gymnastics Academy)
1st Place – Glitter & Finesse (West Coast Gymnasts)
1st Place – All-Aerobic Angels (NDGC)
2nd Place – Alice in Acroland (NDGC)
3rd Place – The A Team (Active Gymnastics)
4th Place – Puppet Master (Swan Districts)
5th Place – Fusion – Let’s Dance (Zig Zag Gymnastics)
Silver – Dragons (Contemporary Gymnastics Club) & Red Rubys (Swan Districts)
Bronze – Snowflakes (Contemporary Gymnastics Club) & Blazing Stars (Contemporary Gymnastics Club)
Silver – Phoenix (Contemporary Gymnastics Club), Firebirds (Contemporary Gymnastics Club) & Purple Illusions (Swan Districts)
Silver – Mystic Blue (Swan Districts)
Bronze - Illusion (Zig Zag Gymnastics)
1st – Heatwave (Contemporary Gymnastics Club)
2nd – Black Ice (Swan Districts)
1st – Wildfire (Zig Zag Gymnastics)