Spotlight on gymnastics

There are 120 competitors set to compete at the fourth annual Barbados Gymnastics Invitational at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex tomorrow.

Head coach of the Barbados female team Alison Jackson said tomorrow promises to be an exciting day with participants from Jamaica, Trinidad and Canada also in the competition.

“Not only is it ten dollars for the whole day, you can come and go as you please. It [the competition] may open some eyes to what gymnastics is really all about and that there is more to what you see on television at the Olympics and it does not always have to be a super high level of competition. There are lots of levels for lots of abilities and age groups,” Jackson said.

She added that the Barbadian participants were ready to do battle and have been to a few locations including Orlando to compete. She was confident that the local lads and ladies were prepared.

Jackson told Barbados TODAY they were seeking to promote the competition a lot more and were seeking to get more countries involved.

Ten-year-old Gianna Lewis will be representing Jamaica.
Ten-year-old Gianna Lewis will be representing Jamaica.

“Barbados is not just a beautiful island but it has a lot to offer and if we can encourage this as a sports tourism package that would be great for the island and the economy,” she explained.

Tomorrow, competition is broken down into three time frames which include the start at 8:30 a.m., then 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. with different levels of competition starting from the lowest to highest.

The Canadian team will be competing for the first time and their coach Amanda Warm said they were definitely looking to do well.

The Canadian gymnasts in Barbados are relaxed and confident heading into tomorrow's competition.
The Canadian gymnasts in Barbados are relaxed and confident heading into tomorrow’s competition.

 “I think our girls are pretty ready. They aren’t use to the heat that is here but we try to train them to be tough and that is what they are going to have to do if they want to compete against Barbados,” Warm said about her team which range from age 10 to 13.

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