Federation Friday: Finland

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Federation Friday: Finland

April 8, 2016

This week we travel to Northern Europe where the Finnish Gymnastics Federation takes us on a tour

Greetings from Finland!

Gymnastics is the most popular sport in Finland for women and girls, and third overall after ice hockey and football. The Finnish Gymnastics Federation supports gymnastics for all ages and levels, and our mission is to provide people with fun experiences, success and a healthy lifestyle in doing sports.

Finland has been happy to host some notable international gymnastics events recently, and welcomed thousands of international and local guests to enjoy them together. Inspired by the atmosphere, the number of gymnastics enthusiasts has been constantly on the rise in the country, and this year the gymnastics clubs have about 122,000 registered members doing gymnastics nationwide.

The Finnish Gymnastics Federation and our clubs offer gymnasts a great variety of different ways to move, as well as coach training. We have classes for children, teens, adults and the elderly, and put emphasis on the fact that anyone can practice according to their motivation and abilities no matter if they are six or sixty.

The Federation and local sports clubs arrange competitions for acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, TeamGym and the Finnish-invented aesthetic group gymnastics and flow gymnastics.

In 2015 Finland hosted the 15th World Gymnaestrada in a capital city Helsinki, which brought 21,000 gymnasts to the country from all around the world. The gymnastics festival was a huge success, and brought the sport to the streets of the city and the hearts of locals.

In February the Finnish Gymnastics Federation got to organize the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup for the first time in Finland. Held in Espoo, the competition was the first large international rhythmic gymnastics event in the country in nearly 30 years. The last competition was the UEG Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships in 1988, held also during an Olympiad year.

A few Finnish top gymnasts are competing this month in the Rio Test Event for a spot at the Olympic Games. Ekaterina Volkova, Jouki Tikkanen and the Finnish national team are perfecting their programs in rhythmic gymnastics, and Oskar Kirmes will represent the country’s artistic gymnasts.

2017 will see the Aesthetic group gymnastics World Championships in Helsinki. The sport is popular among the country’s gymnastics lovers, and the current World Champions and IFAGG’s European Champions are Team Minetit from Tampere, Finland. Watch them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI7_m138vwg. Hopefully we will see many international guests in Helsinki in 2017 as well!

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Twitter https://twitter.com/voimistelu

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Text and photos: Finnish Gymnastics Federation