Despite the snow in the UK all delegates arrived safely in Gran Canaria for the International Training Camp and Friendly Competition for Gymnasts with Disabilities. The delegates had been asked to attend this event by the Organising Committee of the Blume Gran Canaria festival in order to showcase disability gymnastics.
Following a relaxing day in the sunshine on Sunday the camp began on Monday with a visit to the Igualdad de Oportunidades San Juan de Dios.A group from the Centre opened the show and were followed by a display from the GMPD Rhythmic Gymnastics National Squad. The audience were thrilled by the girls’ performance which included all pieces of apparatus. Two more groups from the Island, APROS and Fundaction SER, also performed and then it was the turn of Bo Dominicus from GTV Dionysius in the Netherlands who treated the audience to her spectacular women’s floor routine.
Alex Buesnel and Shamika Llewellyn from the Men’s and Women’s Artistic GMPD National Squads also demonstrated their floor routines and closed the show to rapturous applause. A great start to the events of the week!
On Monday afternoon the delegates travelled to the Sportshall El Tablero for the first training session. After a brief information session about the programme for the week all the gymnasts took part in a general warm-up before splitting up into disciplines to do some sports specific training.
The International Training Camp and Friendly Competition is part of the Blume Gran Canaria event and on Monday evening the GMPD Rhythmic Gymnastics National Squad participated in the show at the CC Yumbo. In front of a full crowd and under the spotlights, the girls performed their display routine as the final act of the night. Tomorrow it is the turn of the GMPD Women’s Artistic National Squad to participate in the evening show and on Wednesday the Men’s Artistic squad will perform.
After a good nights sleep all the delegates returned to the Sportshall El Tablero on Tuesday for the second day of training. During the morning all the gymnasts again worked within their disciplines and were put through their paces during a conditioning session delivered by the National Squad Coaches. The Women’s Artistic Squad then had chance to work on their display routine for the evening show, while the Men’s, Rhythmic and Trampoline groups worked on their individual apparatus.