The President's Note N° 10 2017

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The President's Note N° 10 2017

October 13, 2017

By Georges Guelzec, UEG President

Dear Friends,

The European gymnastics season is coming to an end and I am already looking forward to all successes achieved on all fronts this year. I am thinking in particular of the recent FIG World Cup in artistic gymnastics held in Paris, which has enjoyed an extraordinary popular success, gathering twelve thousand spectators! After five years of absence, gymnastics has made a spectacular return in the City of Light. I am grateful to my friends of the federation and invite them to maintain their energy and cultivate their talent in the perspective of the 2024 Games, an event written in gold letters on the roadmap of French gymnastics.

More recently, our Italian friends have brilliantly succeeded in organizing the Aerobic Europeans for which I congratulate them, whereas in just a few days, the 9th Age Group Competitions and the 28th European Championships in acrobatic gymnastics will kick-off in Rzeszow (POL).

I invite all our talented gymnasts and their delegations to join us is Poland, with the organisers and the national federation, to celebrate all together the last event on the UEG calendar that I have the honour of presiding.

I make no secret of the fact that the prospect of this end of mandate fills me with emotions after these rich years spent in contact with the gymnasts and all those who make up the beautiful and great Family of European gymnastics. My choice is not a renunciation, contrary to the old saying, but a will to pass on to the new generations, to accompany them on the paths of the new cycle and, I am already looking forward, to welcome them under the Olympic Cauldron in Paris, in 2024!

Referring to emotions, I would like to share with you the ones offered by the recent artistic Worlds in Montreal (CAN). Two memorable moments have touched the hearts of millions of gymnasts. Two events that powerfully illustrated both the fragility and the emotional load that goes with the performance of two outstanding gymnasts. I refer to the set-back of the great Kohei Uchimura and the charisma and popularity surrounding Nadia Comaneci, for whom everything began precisely in Montreal in 1976. These two faces embody in their own way the best of our discipline and represent a model that should inspire new generations.

Georges Guelzec, President.