| Hi and Welcome to my first blog about Gymnastics
As i was small my cousin which lived in England with me, was competing in a gymnastics competition which took place in British Gymnastics Academy. Watching her flip her body around the bars and turning her body on thin and high beams and making lovely skills on floor and jumping over the vault. My body was dancing about, it made me want to start doing gymnastics that very moment. And that was the begging of the story!
I know this gymnast who has competed in many competitions and won various medals such as gold and bronze. Watching her compete manes me know that what i want to achieve is possible and that if i keep working i can get over the limits and go straight to the unopened doors and open them. This magnificent gymnast is called Shawn Johnson. Heres a picture of her...
as you can see this is Shawn Jhonson
There are many limits in gymnastics. The limits grow in levels for example level 9. Myself is in level 3. As I was saying the different levels expand all the way up to level 10. Let me explane the levels in groups. So for starters level 1 would b ea beginners group level 2 would be intermediate level 3,4,5 are competitive low and finally level 7 to 10 is competitive high.
The needs for levels
The skills you need to develop to join level one are,on floor: Handstand, Bridge, Forward roll, Splits, Tuck and Straddle. As for beam: Walking in various ways, tuck (3 seconds), arabesque and High kicks. Finally for bars:Pull-ups, Hold plank, Front support, Pull-over. And each time you get higher with the levels the more difficult everything begins to get.
Competitions all around the world happen i have been to one or two i have competed in 1 as won 2 place. Joining a competition makes me very nervous every centimeter you move will be watched every second counts. You get graded in decimal numbers such as 9.950.
At the end of each event they award the gymnasts in 1st 2nd and 3rd bases. The award is bronze, gold, silver medal
This is the stage they use to award gymnasts
The equipment that the gymnastics magic happens on are, bars, beams, vault, mats and trampoline.
Here are some images of equipment: