Later this month, the Gymnastics World Cup is coming to the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. On Saturday 23rd March 2019, 8 countries from around the world are bringing their best world class gymnasts to compete on the global stage and we cannot wait to see Great Britain’s best performers take on the rest of the world.
Olly, our six year old, has been really interested in watching international sports ever since we introduced him to the 2016 Olympics that were held in Rio De Janeiro and shown on our televisions back home. Since then he’s loved watching the athletics and gymnastics at major events in the Midlands (we saw Athletics in Birmingham and in London) so we’re super excited to be heading to the Gymnastics World Cup this month.
Watching the sporting stars you often see appearing in competitions on the television in real life is hugely inspiring. It shows children how if they work hard enough and have the drive, commitment and dedication towards a sport they can get the chance to compete for their country. What an incredible feeling that must be to stand in front of a cheering crowd taking part in the sport you love. Olly has recently started gymnastics at school and is already really fond of it so he can’t wait to watch the gymnasts take to the floor and perform their routines before his very eyes. Perhaps he’ll bring some ideas home and repeat those in PE at school.
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Posted by British Gymnastics on Saturday, 11 August 2018
Not only is Olly looking forward to the event but so am I. I have loved watching the gymnastics on the television and having it come to Birmingham with so many of the most incredible gymnasts (both male and female) is really exciting. I cannot wait to cheer on Team GB and the rest of the world.
So who’s coming?
There are 18 world class gymnasts from 8 different countries competing. There are 9 male gymnasts and 9 female gymnasts. They’re all competing to gain experience and win medals as the Olympic journey to Tokyo (to be held in 2020 next year) is well underway.
The line up which features Olympic, world and European champions is one of the strongest which means the crowd are in for a real treat and the competition has never been so strong.
- Thais Fidelis, Brazil
- Victoria Kayen Woo, Canada
- Jieyu Liu, China
- Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos, France
- Ellie Downie, Great Britain
- Leah Griesser, Germany
- Nagi Kajita, Japan,
- Aliya Mustafina, Russia,
- Riley McCusker, USA
We are really looking forward to watching Ellie Downie, who at just 19 years old has already represented Great Britain at international level on many occasions. She is a nine-time major championship medallist, and is one of the most successful female artistic gymnasts in British history.
- Wei Sun, China
- Brinn Bevan, Great Britain
- Joe Fraser, Great Britain
- Kazuma Kaya, Japan
- Bart Deurloo, Netherlands
- Nikita Nagornyy, Russia
- Christian Baumann, Switzerland
- Petro Pakhniuk, Ukraine
- Allan Bower, USA
Joe Fraser, is one of Birmingham’s own so he’ll no doubt be looking for the support of the home crowd as he takes on the World Cup challenge. Fraser is an all round champion and as part of the 2018 European Championships, helped the team take silver by making the parallel bars and high bar apparatus finals.
Brinn Bevan is also a 2018 British Championships all-round champion and was a crucial team member at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Bevan made his name as one of Britain’s top junior gymnasts which has seen him through to the senior gymnastics ranks.
We’re really looking forward to watching those who have the flair and stamina on the pommel horse and floor, demonstrating extreme strength on the rings, and pulling off strong routines on the vault, parallel bars and high bar.
We cannot wait to see the gymnasts with grace and composure on the beam as well as unleashing power yet control on the vault and uneven bars.
Get your World Cup tickets here
The Gymnastics World Cup will be on at Resorts World Birmingham on Saturday 23rd March 2019. To secure your tickets click here.
Disclosure: We have been given tickets to attend the event as part of this blog partnership and I have been compensated for my time. Images courtesy of British Gymnastics.