vendredi 28 août 2015

Friendly Meet: The Netherlands vs Belgium vs Italy

Are you ready for some more gymnastics? While our female gymnasts will receive the national teams of Sweden and Austria for a friendly meet (Sunday, September 13th in Mouscron), our boys will not remain inactive !

On Saturday, September 19th, the men's national team will travel to the Netherlands for a friendly meet against the Netherlands and Italy.

This meet will serve as a preparation meet for the next World Championships to be held in Glasgow (October 23rd - November 1st). We do not know the Belgian selection yet but we will keep you posted!

Also recall that Donna-Donny Truyens, Siemon Volkaert and Dennis Goossens will travel to Croatia for the World Challenge Cup in Osijek, from September 17th to 20th.

Who will compete?
Belgian Team:
Maxime Gentges (CHN Mons - GC Malmedy)
Gilles Gentges (CHN Mons - GC Malmedy)
Thibaut Hoffreumon (CHN Mons- La Courtoise)
Florian Landuyt (GymFed)
Bram Louwije (GymFed)
Thomas Neuteleers (GymFed)
Kristof Schroé (GymFed)
Jimmy Verbaeys (GymFed)

Jonathan Vrolix (GymFed)

Dutch Team:
Anthony van Assche
Michel Bletterman
Bart Deurloo
Casimir Schmidt
Jeffrey Wammes
Yuri van Gelder
Karl Kosztka
Boudewijn de Vries

Italian Team:
Tommaso DeVecchis
Andrea Valtorta
Ludovico Edalli
Paolo Ottavi
Marco Sarruggerio
Giancarlo Polini


jeudi 20 août 2015

Friendly Meet: Belgium vs Sweden vs Austria

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are less than a year away and the road continues for our Belgian gymnasts. Next step: Glasgow and the World Championships (23rd October-1st November)! 


Belgium will have to rank in the Top 16 in order to qualify for the Rio test Event. As a preparation, our Women's National team will compete against Sweden and Austria in a friendly meet. Those two nations also qualified for the 2015 World Championships.

Belgium will be represented by:
* Gaelle Mys (OTV Nazareth)
* Laura Waem (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas)
* Lisa Verschueren (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas)
* Julie Croket (GymMAX)
* Rune Hermans (Gym Haacht)
* Cindy Vandenhole (Vaste Vuist Lauwe)
* Jelle Beullens (De Gympies Keerbergen)
* Adélia Galofaro (Club Boussu Gym)
* Hélia Hocquet (Gym Passion Herseaux)

Austria will send the following gymnasts:
* Lisa Ecker
* Elisa Haemmerle
* Olivia Jochum
* Jasmin Mader
* Marlies Maennersdorfer
* Erja Metzler

And here is the Swedish team:
* Emma Larsson 
* Lovisa Estberg
* Kim Singmuang
* Ece Ayan
* Marcela Torres
* Ida Gustafsson

Competition format: each team can have up to 6 gymnasts (+ 1 reserve). 5 gymnasts compete on each apparatus, the 4 best scores count in the team total.

Sunday 13/09/2015 at 11.

Complexe sportif Site Motte
Rue de Bornoville, 49
7700 Mouscron

8 € (members FfG/GymFed)
10 € (non members FfG/GymFed)
6 € (for the 6-12 years old)
Free entrance under 6 years old
Free entrance for the judges (on presentation of the judge's card)


mercredi 19 août 2015

The latest news

Our gymnasts, after a well deserved break, are back to training. Here are the latest news!

In late July, Dennis Goossens (TK Kerels Waasmunster vzw) went to Great Britain, where he trained alongside British gymnasts James Hall and Courtney Tulloch. In early August, the gymnasts of the Elite Center of Ghent went on a training camp in Madrid. There, they met Jesus Carballo, a former Spanish gymnast who has participated in two Olympic Games (1996 and 2004).

Credit: Dennis Goossens IG

Credit: Gerard Speerstra's Facebook

This week, the Elite Center of Mons hosts the national team of Latvia, as a preparation for the World Gymnastics Championships, to be held in Glasgow in late October.

Credit: CHN GAM FfG Facebook

As for the women's, gymnasts of the Elite Center of Ghent are currently training in Arques, France. The juniors and seniors gymnasts of the Elite Center of Mons are in Barcelona.

Credit: Gaelle Mys IG

Three gymnasts to Osijek!

Belgium will send three gymnasts to the 2015 Grand Prix Osijek (Croatia), a competition that counts as a World Challenge Cup.


The gymnasts are:

Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport)
Dennis Goossens (Kerels Waasmunster)
Siemon Volkaert (GymMAX)

Donna-Donny Truyens will compete on pommel horse, Dennis Goossens on still rings, and Siemon Volkaert will compete on floor exercise, pommel horse and vault.

The Osijek Grand Prix will be held from September 17 to September 20 and will bring together WAG and MAG gymnasts. Those gymnasts will try to qualify for the apparatus finals.

vendredi 14 août 2015

Veel succes, Justine!

Last month, Justine Sterckx (TK Sta Paraat-P.H.H. Hasselt vzw) has decided to retire from the Belgian Elite gymnastics scene. 


Born in 2001, this year was Justine's first year among the Juniors. 

She trained at the Elite center in Ghent. She competed at the Wase Gym Cup in 2013, where she was 4th in the all-around and 8th in the floor exercise final.


In 2014, at the Tournoi International of Combs-la-Ville, she ranked 5th in the balance beam final and 5th with the team (Espoirs). This year, she competed at her first Belgian Championships as a Junior, championships where she placed 6th in the all-around and got the second best score on balance beam. 

In May, she was selected to compete at the first edition of the Flanders International Team Challenge in Ghent, where she helped the Junior team by competing on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. 

We wish Justine all the best for her future! 

dimanche 9 août 2015

2015 Worlds: we know the draws!


The countdown has started for our men's and women's national teams, a little less than a year before the start of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The first obstacle to stand in the way of our gymnasts is of course the 2015 World Championships to be held in Glasgow from October 23rd to November 1st. To pursue the dream of an Olympic qualification, team Belgium will have to be among the top-16.

The 46th World Championship will host 615 gymnasts, from 91 countries. These Championships will be the biggest in the history of the International Gymnastics Federation.

With their superb results at the 2014 World Championships, our two national teams have qualified for this year's Worlds, the girls ending in 11th place, while the boys ranked 19th, the best results ever for Team Belgium.

This year, the top-8 nations after the qualifying sessions in Glasgow will be automatically qualified for the Olympic Games, while nations ranked from 9th to 16th places will participate in the Test Event, competition where the top-4 countries qualify for the Games.

Nellie Kim & Steve Butcher

In Glasgow the draws determining the starting orders of each nation in qualifications took place on August 5th. The women's team will be in the 8th subdivision (out of 12) with Korea and two mixed groups, and will start on floor exercise on October 24th. The men's team will compete in the third subdivision ( out of 8) with Japan and China and will start on still rings on October 25th.


These World Championships will also be an opportunity to distribute the first individual tickets for the Games. Gymnasts who will win medals in the apparatus finals will automatically qualify for the Games, provided that their teams did not already qualify (places 1-8). The teams ranked between the 17th and 24th places (not qualifying for the Games or Test Event) will send two gymnasts to the Test Event, while the federations that have failed to send a full team to Glasgow but have a gymnast participating in the all-around competition will earn the right to send a gymnast to the Test Event (based on the final ranking).

History could be written in Glasgow, as Kohei Uchimura (Japan) will attempt to win his 6th consecutive title (he is unbeaten since 2009) and Simone Biles (USA) will target a third consecutive title. Teams from China (MAG) and the United States (WAG) will try to keep their team's title.


These World Championships are the first step for our gymnasts on the road to Rio. Barring a catastrophe, the girls should qualify for the Test Event. On the boys side, however, it is the first time they qualify for Worlds in a pre-Olympics year, and the task will be more complicated. Last year, they ranked 19th, within 3 points of the 16th place. They are therefore able to go and grab this qualifying spot for the Test Event.

All behind our Delhaize TOP-Teams!

Recap: Belgian gymnasts at the 2015 EYOF

Better late than never, here is a recap of the results of our Belgian gymnasts at the European Youth Olympic Festival which took place in Tbilisi (Georgia). And what results! 6 medals (2 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze) and 11 individual finals. These results, from both teams, show that the Belgian gymnastics program works and produces results. Each year, women's and men's national teams improve their performance during major events such as European and World Championships.


If all the medals came from the girls' side, our boys did an excellent job too, reaching 4 finals! Takumi Onoshima (Athanor Gym Club), Iliaz Pyncket (Vaste Vuist Lauwe) and Noah Kuavita (Silok Deurne) ranked 8th in the team competition. After a rough start on pommel horse where they all fell, our gymnasts quickly came back strong and ended the competition in style. In addition to the 8th place finish as a team, Takumi and Noah have qualified for the all-around final, while Iliaz qualified for the floor exercise and horizontal bar finals.


In the all-around final, Noah finished 13th while Takumi ranked 15th. As for Iliaz, he improved his qualifications results, ending 5th on floor (7th in qualification) and 5th again on horizontal bar (8th in qualification).

The women's team composed of Nina Derwael (TK Sta Paraat-P.H.H. Hasselt vzw), Axelle Klinckaert (GymMAX vzw) and Julie Meyers (TK Sta Paraat-P.H.H. Hasselt vzw), impressed the crowd and the gymnastics fans. While all eyes were on Nina Derwael, the current Belgian Junior champion, Axelle Klinckaert had the best results for team Belgium.

Injured at the beginning of the season, she did not compete at the Belgian Championship and only competed on uneven bars at the FIT Challenge in May. In Tbilisi, she won no less than three individual medals and a team silver.


In the all-around final, she got the same score as Russia's Daria Skrypnik, but  due to the tie-breaking rule, the latter won gold, ahead Axelle and another Russian gymnast, Anastasiia Iliankova. Nina Derwael ranked 4th.

In addition to her team silver medal, Nina Derwael won two individual medals, silver on uneven bars and bronze on floor exercise. She also finished in 5th place in the balance beam final.


The last two medals for Belgium came from Axelle Klinckaert, winning two more golds for a total of 4 medals for Axelle. Finalist at the 2014 European Junior Championships (AA, beam and floor ), she proved that she has the potential to become one of the future stars of Belgian gymnastics.


Nina, Axelle, Julie but also Senna Deriks, reserve for this EYOF and 2nd at this year's Belgian Championships, will all turn Senior next year and therefore will be among the gymnasts who could be selected to participate at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games!


Results here.

Reports (in French) here.