Brazil, Italy and Germany heading to Ipswich for international gymnastics event

Brazil's gymnasts trained at Pipers Vale in 2011, ahead of London 2012.

Brazil's gymnasts trained at Pipers Vale in 2011, ahead of London 2012.

Ipswich Gymnastics Centre hosts its first-ever four-way international women’s artistic competition on Saturday (July 11).

Teams will be coming from Great Britain, Italy, Germany and Brazil will arrive on Friday for training prior to the competition.

For the European teams it will be part of their trial process for the European Youth Olympic Competition (EYOF) and for Brazil it will be part of Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club’s London to Rio Legacy project.

“This is really exciting for us and a real coupe to be asked to host this event. We are very honoured and happy that we have been selected,” said head coach and manager Andy Wood MBE.

“This will be the 15th International competition we have hosted in 15 years which on average adds up to 1 per year more than any other venue in Great Britain.”


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The teams are aged between 12 and 15 and some of the gymnasts will be eligible for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Brazil#s visit to Ipswich will be their fifth in six years, but also the last of the events in Great Britain as part of the Legacy Project.

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“The London-Rio Legacy Project has been a huge success,” added Wood.

“Since 2012, Brazil have been over in 2013 and now again this year and Gymnasts from Pipers Vale were lucky enough to go to Rio at the end of 2012.”

Tickets for the Four-Way International are available now by calling the box office on 01473 433676. Tickets can be pre-ordered or be bought on the day.

Podium Training is between 4-8pm on Friday, and doors open at 1.30pm on Saturday for the competition.

This event is been supported by Plumb Mate, California Grill and Gymnova UK which we thank as without their help this event would not be possible.

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