This weekend the 2018 Aerobic & Rhythmic British Championships head to The International Centre, Telford for the first time.
Before the competition gets started, we thought you might want to know a little more about one of the most dazzling and elegant gymnastics disciplines; rhythmic gymnastics. Here’s a few facts that you might not already know:
- The diameter of the hoop must be 80-90cm and weigh 300 grams.
- The diameter of the ball must be 18-20cm and weigh 400 grams plus.
- The clubs are 40-50cm long and weigh 150 grams each.
- The ribbon should be 6m long and 4-6cm wide.
- Individual routines must last between 1:15 and 1:30.
- Group routines must last between 2:15 and 2:30.
- A penalty of 0.05 points is registered for each additional or missing second.
Rhythmic gymnastics in Britain
- 1972 saw the first demonstration of rhythmic gymnastics which took place at the Royal Albert Hall.
- In 1975 Jenny Bott became the first national coach of rhythmic gymnastics.
- One year later, in 1976, Elizabeth Mann from Leeds became the first British rhythmic champion at the very first national championships.
- The 1979 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships were held at Wembley, the first time the event had been held on British soil.
- At the 2001 World Championships in Madrid, the British team of Hannah McKibbin, Rebecca Jose and Jacqui Steinke finished in 10th, 23 places better than our previous best.
- Another interesting fact and one that isn’t very well known is that TV Sports presenter Gabby Logan was a rhythmic gymnast. Gabby represented Great Britain for four years before retiring after the 1990 Commonwealth Games where she represented Wales.
Rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympic Games
- Group exercises with small hand apparatus were included in the artistic gymnastics programme of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, where six gymnasts performed their routines with ropes (some decorated with flowers).
- The first Olympic Games to feature rhythmic gymnastics as its own discipline were the 1984 Los Angeles games. The first Olympic title went to Lori Fung from Vancouver, Canada.
- At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the first group routines were contested with Spain winning the title, followed by Bulgaria and Russia.
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