The gold coast of Australia will glisten even more brightly when more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories come together in sporting and cultural celebration. Much to our excitement, gymnastics will play a prominent part in the 2018 Commonwealth games from the 4th to the 15th of April.
Greatest Commonwealth Games Ever
The 21st Games of the Commonwealth will include a staggering 275 events across 18 sports, with able-bodied and para competitions running in unison. GC2018 will deliver an inclusive Games involving the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history. What’s more, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all sports in glorious Queensland. More than 15,000 willing volunteers will help proceedings go with a swing, in what will certainly be the best Games ever.
Great for Gymnastics
With gymnastics in mind, the British format will change of course, as England, Gibraltar, Guernsey, The Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all involve their individual teams. And in many ways, this makes the competition and rivalry even more exciting. Those superb disciplines of artistic and rhythmic gymnastics will form a key part of this wonderful sporting event, broadcast to a cumulative global audience of 1.5 billion.
The All-Important Venue
The atmospheric Coomera Indoor Sports Centre will host the artistic gymnasts where Both men and women compete on the floor and vault. The ladies will have to face a stern test on the uneven bars and balance beam, as the men negotiate the pommel horse, horizontal bar, rings and parallel bars. A stern test of movement and strength.
It’s been described as a heavenly exhibition of grace, flexibility, coordination and skill. And the Coomera will surely light up as some of the very best female athletes take to the floor. Spectators will be taken into a tranquil world witnessing a dazzling array of charismatic choreography set to some magnificent music. This is where classic apparatus will come into its own, through hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. Medals are awarded for each piece of apparatus, with awards for both the best all-around individual and team.
This state of the art new multi-purpose facility carries a brilliant gymnastics arena together with eight mixed-use sports courts to host not just gymnastics but netball, futsal, volleyball and basketball. All this in one of the most rapidly expanding Gold Coast regions, where special life-long memories will be created.
Commonwealth Games Team Announcements Ongoing
Team announcements will be made at various intervals in the next couple of months but look out for the highly talented Ewan Mcateer from the Northern Irish squad, currently the British Men’s Senior Master Vault Champion. As an elite international gymnast, Ewan has high hopes of a medal and will carry a great deal of support with him to this end. He’ll be joined by Rhys McClenaghan, who won a bronze medal in the 2016 British Artistic Gymnastics Championships pommel final behind Louis Smith and Max Whitlock. It all points the way to some incredible competition in the best sporting spirit.
Jersey will be represented by Daniel Lee, Bonita Shurmer and Rachelle Flambard as part of a 29-strong team. The most incredible atmosphere is guaranteed as the athletes make new friends and further cement well-established relationships.
Island of Dreams
The Isle of Man will be wishing the very best to artistic gymnast Nicole Burns who will be carrying the hopes of thousands. It’s not unusual to find many fans offering fantastic support to the smaller teams so Nicole can bank on good-will from every quarter on this occasion.
As far as the English are concerned and though the official teams have yet to be announced, we have it on good authority this is probably one of the strongest England teams ever in the rhythmic section, as many of the girls also represent Great Britain. It seems most of the squad will turn Senior just in time for the start of the games, so it is indeed a very exciting time for Team England Rhythmic Gymnastics.
There’s little doubt this most colourful of games will bring people together from all walks of life, united by a common love of people and sport. The Gold Coast is set to shine like never before – just like all our gymnasts. We wish them the best of luck! We’ll cheer you on from gloomy England.
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