The Women's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 2

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The Women's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 2

March 14, 2016

By Yvette Brasier, UEG's WTC President







Wow, time is really flying! It’s March already and gymnastics is gearing up for a very busy and exciting season. With less than 3 months until Bern welcomes our juniors and seniors for the Artistic Gymnastics Europeans, preparations are in full swing. Our Technical Committee is working closely with the Organising Committee to guarantee a wonderful competition that will bring out the best in our gymnasts. Of course, the seniors will deservedly get a lot of media attention, so close to the Olympics, but the junior competitions promise to be equally exciting. This is where our attention is drawn to the next generation of world-class gymnasts. The first time, maybe, you’ll see the 2020 Olympic Champion! What a privilege that would be! Ticket sales are going well, and I hope to see a happy and enthusiastic crowd to cheer on our gymnasts. They deserve it!




The first week of June, the eyes of the gymnastics community, and the worldwide media, will be on the Swiss capital Bern. The definite registrations have been closed now. 38 National Federations registered 296 gymnasts, 156 seniors and 140 juniors. The nominative registrations need to be submitted by 2 May, after which we will hold the drawing of the lots. Exciting times are ahead!

The Organising Committee recently used the 3-months mark to launch a TV advert, featuring men’s team captain Pablo Braegger and Stefanie Siegenthaler. Have you see it yet?


Tomorrow, 15 March, is a very important date: the TC Presidents of the Continental Unions are invited, for the first time ever, to the meeting of the FIG’s Women’s Technical Committee in the Olympic capital Lausanne. The cooperation between the different Unions and the FIG is something we can only applaud, and the benefits for gymnastics community are endless: exchange of ideas, joint projects, development, knowledge sharing, … and the list goes on. Thank you FIG for this initiative!



In April, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 Olympics, as they organise the test event, the second –and last- chance for gymnasts to secure their entry ticket to the actual Games. For the women the qualifications will be held on Sunday 17 April. 8 teams will fight for the 4 remaining team berths. Of these 8 teams, 5 are European: Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France. They will face a tough battle, not only between themselves, but also with host nation Brazil, Australia and Korea. We wish all the gymnasts a great competition and the best of luck in Rio!





From 7 to 17 July we welcome gymnasts aged 10 to 12 (born 2004 – 2006) to our annual training camp in sunny Tirrenia (ITA). The participation is limited to 2 gymnasts and 2 coaches for each federation. If a federation  wants  to  enter  additional  coaches/gymnasts,  they  can  only  be  accepted  if places are available after the definitive registrations, for which the deadline is 1st April. For nominative entries you have time until 27th May!


With my best regards
Yvette Brasier
UEG-WTC President