Gymnastics

Photo of female gymnast with hoop

Two Gymnastics disciplines - Artistic and Rhythmic - will feature over five days of the Games, where grace, flexibility and extraordinary strength will be on display.

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The beauty of Gymnastics is that there is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities. Depending on the discipline, Gymnastics can be either an individual or a team sport.

Gymnastics is an indoor sport. Each of the varying disciplines requires different equipment. However, recreational Gymnastics classes require very little other than some mats and some space to practise in.

The Artistic Gymnastics competition will take place for both male and female athletes over five days. Individual apparatus medals as well as all-round individual and team medals will be awarded. Male athletes will compete on six types of apparatus: floor, pommel, vault, rings, high bar and parallel bars. Female athletes will compete on four: floor, vault, beam and uneven bars.

Only female athletes compete in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Four apparatus events - hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon - will be contested, with athletes competing for team, individual all-around and individual apparatus medals.

Governing body

The Scottish Gymnastics Association (SGA), founded in 1890, is the national governing body for Gymnastics in Scotland, responsible for the development of grassroots recreational Gymnastics to performance level athletes competing for Scotland.

The SGA is recognised by UK Sport, the Scottish Sports Association (SSA) and sportscotland. It is also an affiliated member of British Gymnastics (BG) which represents the four home countries at the Olympics.

History

Gymnastics has been around for approximately 2000 years. However, it has only been a competitive sport for just over 100 years. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) was formed in 1881, and the first large-scale competition was the 1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Gymnastics - the vault

Professional gymnast Beth Tweddle demonstrates the vault. (BBC video)

Gymnastics - floor exercises

Professional gymnast Beth Tweddle demonstrates some basic Gymnastics moves in a simple floor routine. (BBC video)

Venues

  • SECC Precinct

    Information about the SECC Precinct as a venue for the 2014 Games.

Other websites

  • Scottish Gymnastics

    Visit the website of the Scottish Gymnastics Association, who nominate and prepare Scottish teams for the Commonwealth Games.