On Saturday, we spent the afternoon at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham attending the Gymnastics World Cup. It was an event we were really looking forward to going to, to see the action up close and see the gymnasts do their thing live in front of us in the arena, and it was being broadcast live on the television so Olly was very excited.
We have only ever seen the gymnastics on the television so we had no idea what to expect. When we got to the arena, the event had just started so we took our seats and couldn’t believe how close we were. We had tickets to see the mens final, which included 9 top male gymnasts from around the world. The female final was to be held later in the day.
The male gymnasts were seniors who compete in the sport for their country. They included Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy, Wei Sun from China, Kazuma Kaya from Japan, Bart Deurloo from the Netherlands, Christian Baumann from Switzerland, Petro Pakhniuk from the Ukraine, Allan Bower from the USA. There were two males competing for Great Britain, Jamie Lewis and Joe Fraser.
The event was much more formal than I expected with the gymnasts being introduced into the arena and judges lining up along each side of the apparatus. The gymnasts took it in turns to compete on six pieces of apparatus including the floor, the parallel bars, pommel horse, the rings, the vault and the high bar. Each competitor took it in turns and wowed the crowds with their performance.
For our first time attending such an event, we are in awe of the strength from the male gymnasts. It was great to see them warming up and preparing for their turn on the apparatus. Our favourite was most definitely the rings and the floor. We didn’t expect to be so close and Olly thought it was fantastic to see the gymnasts expressions as they carried out their routines and see their joy at the reactions from the crowd.
The event was brilliant for Olly. It was great to show him that males can take part in gymnastics and be very successful at it. He has recently started gymnastics with school and has really enjoyed it so far so to be able to show him what dedication, training and persistence can do was hugely inspiring for him.
We watched on in awe of all the competitors. Unfortunately for Great Britain, we didn’t win any medals. Losing out to the incredible Russian, Nagornyy, Republic of China’s Sun and Japan’s Kaya. The full results can be found here. We can’t wait to see what their journey to the Olympics in 2020. We’re sure they are heading for amazing futures.
We all had a fantastic afternoon at the Gymnastics World Cup and we’ll definitely be getting tickets for future events in Birmingham. A hugely inspiring afternoon of great sportsmanship.
Disclosure: We were given tickets to attend the event as part of this blog partnership and I have been compensated for my time.