Showcasing three of their nine disciplines at this year’s Arnold Classic Africa, South African gymnastics will go into the three-day health-and-fitness event with a hop, skip, and a jump.
The sport will once again be one of the main attractions at the Sandton Convention Centre on 6-7 May, where they will feature Acrobatic Gymnastics, Rope skipping, Trampoline and Tumbling.
No longer simply a school-yard pastime, rope skipping is growing in popularity around the world, and will be on show with all its intricacies, from single freestyle to double dutch.
Forming an unlikely partnership, gymnastics will join hands with boxing at the Arnold Classic Africa as the two sports show off their skills with the jump rope.
‘We are hosting a public rope skipping competition on the Saturday, where we will also have a collaboration with Boxing SA (BSA), as rope skipping is very much part of their conditioning routine,’ said Pamela Mudley of the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF).
‘They are getting their teams together, so we will have a basic competition which will showcase the advanced skills.’
The competition will include international teams, including participants from the United States, courtesy of the World Jump Rope Federation.
Trampolining as a social activity has mushroomed over the last few years, and SAGF will demonstrate what it requires to participate in the sport on a competitive level.
‘There is such a buzz around trampoline at the moment, but what people don’t understand is it is such a skilled sport,’ Mudley said. ‘You can bounce up and down a trampoline, but if you want to take it to another level, that is where we as gymnastics come in, providing the right clubs and right skills.’
Acrobatics will once again make an appearance at the Arnold Classic Africa, after receiving a positive response from the visitors.
Bianca Zoonekynd, who recently won the tumbling bronze medal for South Africa at the World Cup gymnastics event in Baku, Azerbaijan, will attend the showcase.
The Arnold Classic Africa, held in partnership with the Gauteng provincial government and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), takes place at Sandton Convention Centre between 5-7 May.
Tickets are available online at www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay outlets countrywide.