The President's Note N° 12 2016

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The President's Note N° 12 2016

December 6, 2016

By Georges Guelzec, UEG President

Dear friends

A year comes to an end and with it, memories, legends, satisfaction, bitterness are born. The year that is ending is in many ways an important milestone in the path of European and worldwide gymnastics. The events that unfolded will permanently permeate its history. We will soon check it by consulting the collective memory.

At the higher level of the international hierarchy, gymnastics has turned a page, closed a chapter, after 20 years of Bruno Grandi’s governance. This actor-founder of the UEG 35 years ago has passed the torch to a Japanese presidency, incarnated by Morinari Watanabe. I’d like to wish both of them my best wishes in their new lives.

Looking at the European continent and its gymnasts, I’m pleased to note that 2016 was dense and rich in satisfaction. Our elite athletes honoured their colours at the highest level possible, in particular at the Olympic Games. For the President in charge that I am, these victories, these medals, these talents spark both honour and pride that I dedicate to everyone that contributed to this success:  coaches, technical and medical staff and of course the entire administrative machinery and the sponsors  supporting our 50 National Federations. 2016 was also the success of popular gymnastics in its most noble sense which pleases me as it gathers, unites and cultivates well-being and the joy of living.

2017!

UEG celebrates its 35th anniversary! The prime of life!

We will celebrate this, simply but intensely, the 2nd February in Lausanne at our new headquarters.  This date must remind us of the steps through which our predecessors built the UEG that we know today.

In reality, the first stone of our Union was posed in 1977 when, on the occasion of the FIG Congress in Rome (ITA), some European delegates evoked the possibility of cooperating. Subsequently they took the decision to create a ‘Community of Interest of the West-European gymnastics federations’.  

40 years have passed! I will come back to this anniversary and the reflections this will no doubt elicit.

2017 will be the year of 4 of our European Championships: Cluj-Napoca (ROU), Budapest (HUN), Ancona (ITA) and Rzeszow (POL). These will be for all of us a chance to discover new talents, the hopes of tomorrow and who knows, the seeds of World or Olympic Champions. Montreal 2017, Tokyo 2020 are already in the focus of our young talents!

In the immediate future, I want to seize this occasion to wish you all my best wishes of health and prosperity. May 2017 meet your expectations!

I’m looking for to seeing you again next year.

Georges GUELZEC, UEG President