Two selected trios represented Monaco & France
After two long years of arduous preparation and after a rigorous selection, the two teams from the Femina Sports club of Monaco, in the 11-16 years old age group, representing France and Monaco, travelled all the way to Putian in China, to participate in the 9th edition of the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competition that run from March 21-25, 2016, regulated by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).
FIG, a nonprofit organisation, is the governing body for Gymnastics worldwide. It is the oldest established international sports federation (1881) and has participated in the Olympic Games since their revival in 1896. The FIG governs seven disciplines: Gymnastics for All, Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics. It counts 142 national member federations and boasts a 30-person staff at its international seat in Lausanne (SUI), which is also home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Doing acrobatics at the Great Wall of China
The intense preparation paid off
The intense preparation paid off as the final results were really astonishing with the two training groups of President Jean-Claude Terlizzi equally classified 13th, adding up to 53,450 points over 60. Being in front of a panel of 15 judges makes this outcome really surprising and rare for acrobatic gymnastics connoisseurs.
The trio representing France lead by Chiara Galati accompanied by Julia Galati and Eleonore Re opened the competition with their dynamic movement. They scored a total of 26.300 over a total of 30 points. The Monegasque group composed of Eva Arnulf, Penelope Fresko and Emma Levaillant, followed suit gathering 26.450 points over 30. The two groups reclassified respectively in 16th and 15th positions.
Femina gymnasts broke into top 20 World best
But that was not the end of it, as there were more surprises to come in the afternoon with the statistical passages, and it was with lots of pride that the clan of Monegasque supporters were able to enjoy the two Femina teams magnificent passages while finish this sportive adventure in apotheosis. The trio of Chiara, Julia and Eleonore was classified 7th/25 with 27.150/30 while the trio of Eva, Penelope and Emma did a great job with 27/30 taking the 9th/25. The Femina gymnasts broke into the top 20 World best in their category. Bravo ladies!
The gymnasts and technical staff left China with the satisfaction of a mission accomplished. Let’s congratulate these young talented gymnasts educated in the Principality. Theirs was a great achievement and they certainly make us proud!
“Gymnastics uses every single part of your body, every little tiny muscle that you never even knew.” Shannon Miller