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Gymnasts to take on overseas clubs

Local gymnasts will compete against overseas talent at the second annual International Gymnastics Challenge on Saturday at the National Training Centre in St David’s.

With last year’s competition hailed by organisers as a huge hit, more than 40 athletes from Bermuda will go up against 38 from five different gymnastics clubs across the US and Canada this time around.

Hopeful of another successful meet, national coach Duke Nelligan said he was anxious to see how the local young gymnasts would fare against foreign opposition.

“This year there a few more overseas athletes and we also have a few more athletes from Bermuda so it is setting up to be a really fun, competitive event,” he said.

“It is incredibly difficult and expensive to continually send our athletes away in any sport so we want to continue bringing in overseas competition to help with the education of our athletes.

“The emphasis a year ago was to take the Bermuda Triangle Challenge from the ‘80s and ‘90s and get overseas competitors down here to help with getting the athletes experience.

“We are trying to best prepare our local athletes for the upcoming Island Games and to show people that we have a structure in place to hopefully one day be a player on the international stage.”

Competition begins at 10am on Saturday with the beginner and intermediate levels taking centre stage before the boys’ squad perform an exhibition at 12pm. The advanced level girls will begin at 1.30pm.

There will also be an awards ceremony will follow each session.

Gymnast Brandon Cooke trains on the rings at the Southside national training centre as coach Duke Nelligan looks on. Local gymnasts will compete against athletes from five overseas clubs this weekend.

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Published January 08, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 07, 2013 at 7:00 pm)

Gymnasts to take on overseas clubs

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