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Bermuda set for international challenge

The Bermuda Gymnastics Association is set to host its ninth annual Bermuda International Gymnastics Challenge at the National Training Centre in St David’s on Saturday.

The competition, which starts at 8am, will consist of 117 athletes from Bermuda, Barbados, Canada, Cayman Islands, and the United states, competing in several levels of USAG and USAIGC competition.

This will only be the second time the club has been able to secure a men’s competition, featuring 17 athletes from Level 4 to Elite. The men’s event will bring new elements of skill and difficulty for spectators.

“The BGA are very proud to have been a successful experience applicant through the Bermuda Tourism Authority,” Kimberley McHardy, the meet director, said. “We are very excited that because of this the 2019 event will incorporate our unique island traditions so visitors can expect a well-rounded Bermudian experience.”

BTA representatives will be on site to welcome guests and ensure overseas visitors have all the information needed to experience the island’s culture.

“Despite the increase of gymnastics clubs on the island, competitive opportunities for local gymnasts are limited; even with families being willing to travel overseas for gymnastics meets,” Adriana Forde, the Bermuda head coach, said.

“At the BIGC, Bermudian athletes as young as six years-old will have a chance to debut their skills and be supported by their family and friends.”