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  Competitive Gymnastics Programs  
Richmond Gymnastics Competitive Program is run by Competitive Head Coach Rory Kerrigan, and Assistant Head Coach Matt Erickson.

Artistic Gymnastics in divided into two sports, Women's Artistic, and Men's Artistic. Each program is divided by levels Pre-competitive, Provincial and National. 

To contact Rory, call the gym (604) 278 - 3614 or email


[IMAGE]Womenís Artistic Gymnastics is the most popular and well known to the public of the seven gymnastics disciplines. The popularity of the sport of Women's Artistic Gymnastics as it is known today, is largely due to the performances of Olga Korbut of the USSR at the 1972 Olympics, and of Nadia Comaneci, of Romania at the 1976 Olympics, in Montreal. Both Olga and Nadia captured the attention and imagination of girls all over the world, resulting in the most rapid growth of any sport in recent history. The reason for this popularity can most likely be chalked up to the ability of the sport to build upon the lively movements and grace of youth.

Womenís Artistic Gymnastics is an incredibly challenging sport, demanding strength, power, flexibility, agility, courage, and a combination of technical precision and artistic creativity. When these elements are mastered, the performances appear almost effortless and are riveting to watch.


Women's artistic gymnastics consists of four events: Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam, and Floor.


Menís Artistic Gymnastics is a sport that exemplifies strength and dynamic ability. Many of the participants in menís gymnastics experience the thrill of defying gravity, and performing skills that would seem impossible to the average individual. 

Gymnastics is immediately appealing to young boys as a great activity to channel energy and fearlessness.  It is a sport that begins with the development of balance and strength and continues from this point to develop the complete range of physical demands that many other sports only partially develop.  It is a balance of artistry with the raw force of strength, power, speed, agility and coordination.

Most male gymnasts begin at an early age, but will continue on in the sport into their late 20's at the international level.  Men's gymnastics is a part of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships which take place every two years for Team Championships, and every other year for individual apparatus championships.  It is also a sport included in the Olympic Games.

There are six events that are competed in this Gymnastics discipline: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar.

 

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