Scotland’s first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal winning gymnast, Steve Frew, joined members of Sapphire Gymnastics Club to launch ticket sales for next month’s Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics event at the £113million Emirates Arena.
Frew won gold in the men’s rings in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and represented Scotland and Great Britain at over 100 events including two World Championships and five Commonwealth Games during an incredible career spanning 23-years.
World champion Max Whitlock is leading a star studded line up for the 2016 Glasgow Cup (Saturday 12 March), with five-time Commonwealth Games champion and world bronze medallist Claudia Fragapane and World Championships silver medal winner Daniel Purvis also set to compete.
This Glasgow World Cup is one the final chances to see the heroes of Glasgow’s World Championships back in action just a few months before they head to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
And Frew can’t wait to see some of the world’s best gymnasts in action again in Glasgow, just five months after the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro.
Steve Frew said: "Glasgow and its people are once again on the World Gymnastics stage for what will be a spectacular showcase of the world's best gymnasts right here in the city.
"Glasgow is a world-class gymnastics city and the world’s best gymnasts can expect a warm welcome from the people of Glasgow. I’m sure they will enjoy the magic of the gymnastics.
"I am delighted to join the next generation from Sapphire Gymnastics Club as we look forward to what promises be a fantastic showcase of the world’s best gymnasts in Glasgow."
World champion Max Whitlock said: “Competing in Glasgow has always been very special to me and the World Championships last year was incredible and historic not just for me but for the whole British team.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in the city and starting 2016 positively. Everyone knows how huge this year is and the World Cup is a perfect event to test myself against a really good field of international gymnasts – I can’t wait.”
Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics is delivered in partnership between British Gymnastics and Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council with funding support from EventScotland and National Lottery investment from UK Sport. Also competing at the Glasgow World Cup are 2014 world champion Mykayla Skinner (USA), 2015 European Championships bars champion Maria Kharenkova (RUS) and the 2013 European all-around champion and 2015 silver medallist David Bekyavskiy (RUS).
The Glasgow World Cup is the second of three events in the International Gymnastics Federations 2015/16 Cup Series following the American Cup and to be followed by the Stuttgart World Cup. The competition sees the world best gymnast invited to compete in the ‘all-around’ format with six apparatus for the men and four for the women.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.glasgowworldcup.com to book or phone the box office on 0141 353 8000. The event has sold-out every year since 2012, with early booking recommended.