Live ACRO together! The Acrobatic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 8

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Live ACRO together! The Acrobatic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 8

March 23, 2018

By Carine Charlier, ACRO-TC President







A new year, a new cycle for our Technical Committee! Following the elections at the Congress in December, the responsibilities of each TC member are taking shape. I am proud that I can count on the experience of Bernardo Tomas, Melanie Sanders, Dmitry Vinnikov and Ula Wojtkowiak. I’m also very pleased to welcome two new members: Nikolay Ivanov and Juan Leon-Prados.

Even though there are no European Championships this year, 2018 is a big year for Acrobatic gymnastics. Next month, new World Age Group and World Champions will be crowned. An honour that is only possible to achieve every two years. And for the mixed pairs in the age group 13 – 19, these Championships provide them with the one and only chance to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, the first time Acrobatics will be part of an Olympic programme! And of course, this event also serves as qualification for next year’s European Games for the senior mixed pairs and women’s groups!   

At the last World Championships, in Putian City (CHN) in 2016, Russia ruled, winning all gold medals except the men’s group title which went to the hosts China. Can Russia repeat this feat again this year?



Two World Cup events have already been held this year, the first one in Puurs (BEL) and the second one in Maia (POR). Belgium showed its eagerness to perform well at the World Championships with the Women’s pair Noémie Lammertyn and Lore Vanden Berghe and men’s pair Robin Casse and Kilian Goffaux winning both events whilst the Belgian men’s group Noam Patel, Jonas Anthoon, Hannes Garré and Bram Geusens upgraded from silver to gold. Russia only sent its top women’s group, junior World Champions and triple European Champions Polina Plastinina, Ksenia Zagoskina and Daria Chebulanka. They comfortably maintained their status of the ‘ones-to-beat’. The competition in the mixed pairs category tested Russia’s strength with Kirill Startsev and Viktoria Aksenova battling against Elena Murashko and Ivan Nesterenko. The former scored over 30 points in both events, showing that succession for Chernova and Pataraya is knocking on the door.

Following the FIG Executive Committee meeting, two additional World Cup events have recently been added: from 29 June to 1 July in Lisbon (POR) and from 17 to 18 November in Baku (AZE).




Our Acrobatic TC is currently finalising the programme and experts for the annual UEG training camp. For the third year in a row, it will be held in the superb facilities of Kamchia on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Internationally renowned coaches will guide you through the wonderful world of acrobatics.

This year’s experts have been confirmed: Galina Kovalchuk (UKR, artistry), Dimitri Vinnikov (RUS), Lourenco Franca (POR), Sergey Tretjakov (BEL), Igor Blintsov (GER), Yuri Golyak (UKR) and Vladimir Makarchenko (RUS / GBR).  For coaches a separate course will be conducted to provide even more knowledge of our discipline under the supervision of Nikolay Ivanov (BUL – UEG).

Kamchia provides an excellent facility and the warm climate, the constant sun and proximity to the sea make the training camp a true summer holiday despite all the hard work.  It is a camp not to be missed!

Save the date: 30 July to 5 August 2018!

You have until 15 May to register.Contact your federation to get more information!





The Belgian city of Antwerp is the place to be in April. First up, from 4 to 10 April, the World Age Group competitions take place, in three categories: 11 – 16, 12 – 18 and 13 – 19. Not only the world titles are up for grabs but also qualification to the Youth Olympic Games later this year!  European mixed pairs with both gymnasts born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003 can attempt to secure one of the 6 entry tickets. The Youth Olympic Games will be held for the third time, this edition in Buenos Aires (ARG).

Then, from 13 to 15 April, the seniors take to the stage. In 2016 Russia won all but one of the World titles. The famous Russian mixed pair Marina Chernova and Georgiy Pataraya look to extend their reign while compatriots Daria Kalinina and Daria Guryeva, Nikolay Suprunov and Igor Mishev also hope to defend their world titles. But they face tough competition from the Belgian team that aims for great success on home soil with a fantastic crowd guaranteed to be cheering them on. For 2015 junior European Champions and 2017 Vice-European Champions Noemie Lammertyn and Lore Vanden Berghe it will be their last competition together. Robin Casse, who hails from Antwerp, and Kilian Goffaux are eager to cement their status of world-class men’s pair and the men’s group will entertain the audience yet again. 

And we expect much of the 6-time European Champions, Efi Sach, Lidar Dana, Daniel Uralevitch and Yannay Kalfa and their Israeli teammates. 2017 World Games Champions and tripe Vice-European Champions Adam Upcott and Charlie Tate have switched from the men’s group to the men’s pair competition. It promises to be an exciting battle for the medals!






Based upon the fantastic success of the alternation of Acrobatics with Rhythmic Gymnastics at the inaugural European Games in 2015, our proposal to continue with this format in the second European Games has been accepted. At the next edition, in Minsk (BLR) in June 2019, Acrobatics will be represented by 2 senior categories: the mixed pairs and the women’s groups. There will be three medal events: balance final, dynamic final and all-around final.

Countries have only one chance to qualify, and that is during the 2018 World Championships next month where the top 8 mixed pairs and women’s group secure an entry ticket!



4 – 10 April                     10th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions – Antwerp (BEL)

13 – 15 April                    26th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships – Antwerp (BEL)

29 June - 1 July                World Cup – Lisbon (POR)

30 July - 5 August           UEG Training Camp – Kamchia (BUL)

6 – 18 October                 Youth Olympic Games – Buenos Aires (ARG)

17 – 18 November          World Cup – Baku (AZE)


Voilà, now you are up-to-date with all the Acrobatic news. I hope we can count on you all to support our gymnasts during the World Championships!

Carine Charlier

UEG ACRO-TC President