Womens Artistic Gymnastics (WAG)
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is the perfect sport to teach your daughter co-ordination and confidence, develop creativity and contribute to their general health and fitness. WAG is our competitive strain of gymnastics for female Gymnasts beginning at Level 1 (minimum age 4yrs) and can progress all the way through to Level 10.
Progression through the levels are assessed by competing at a Level Assessment Test (LAT). In the case of gymnasts starting at a later age, start level is assesses by the Head Coach. WAG gymnasts are required to complete a routine on each of the four apparatus.
The apparatus are:
VAULT: Vaulting shows off the gymnast’s athletic qualities, as the movement is performed after a run up of about 20 metres. The gymnast must put both hands on the horse. As far as marking is concerned, the judges will evaluate the complexity of the movement, the position of the body, and the landing.
BARS: The uneven bars are by far the most spectacular apparatus of the competition. Imagine the strength, precision, rhythm, concentration and the courage that these girls need to perform their exercises with such simplicity. The gymnast moves from one bar to the other, alternating grip changes, releases and regrasps, saltos and changes of direction with circular swings.
BEAM: The beam has a certain magic about it. many people wonder how the gymnasts manage to perform on an apparatus where balance, acrobatic sequences with or without flight elements, gymnastic jumps and turns all play a role. It is an exercise not only of flexibility, but also of concentration, rhythm and expression.
FLOOR: They fly, do pirouettes, touch the floor and then leap high again into the air. This exercise is the public’s favourite and they are ready to clap as soon as the music begins. Many gymnasts will tell you that they have had their greatest ovations when performing floor exercises to music. The floor is the area where a gymnast can fully express all her grace, her personality, and her technique, combining acrobatics, gymnastics and dance.