The Flanders International Team Challenge is back! The 2017 edition will take place this weekend in Ghent. More than 120 gymnasts from 14 countries will compete for gold. Here is all you need to know about this weekend's competition!
The competition will take place all weekend. On Saturday, there will be 5 subdivisions, 3 for the Juniors and 2 for the Seniors. At the end of the day, we'll know which gymnasts and which team were the best and won the 2017 FIT Challenge!
The competition will go as follow:
Belgium will be well represented in both the Juniors and Seniors category. On the Seniors's side, European Champion Nina Derwael will be there, as well as National Champion Rune Hermans. Olympian Senna Deriks will also make her comeback after injury. The Belgians will compete in the last subdivision of the day and will start on vault.
Spain's Nora Fernandez and Ana Perez, as well as Juliette Bossu and the Charpy sisters from France, Giada Grisetti and Elisa Meneghini from Italy and Reina Beltman and Naomi Visser from the Netherlands will be the ones to watch.
Junior National Champion Julie Vandamme will lead the pack on the junior's side, alongside Margaux Daveloose and Kay-Li De Neef, who both impressed at the Belgian Championships. The Belgians will be divided into two teams, competing in the 2nd subdivision and starting on bars and floor.
They will have to compete against strong teams from France and Italy, both countries bringing their best gymnasts, such as Alison Lapp, Morgan Osyssek and Celia Serber (France), and Asia D'Amato (Italy).
Two competitions will take place on Sunday. In the morning, the Youth gymnasts will be in action. Belgium will be represented by 4 different teams.
In the afternoon, the best gymnasts from Saturday's qualifications will compete in the team final.
The competition format is a bit tricky. In qualifications, it's a 5-5-4 format: 5 gymnasts per team, 5 of them compete, the 4 best scores count in the team total. The 8 best teams, Juniors and Seniors combined, advance to the final.
In final, a team can count up to 10 gymnasts (Juniors and Seniors combined). 4 gymnasts compete (2 Juniors and 2 Seniors). If a country only came with one team, Juniors or Seniors, this country can team up with another one to enter the team final.
Saturday June 10th - 10h-20h: Juniors and Seniors team qualifications and all-around final.
Sunday June 11th - 10h: Youth competition
15h30: Team final Juniors and Seniors
Zuiderlaan 14, 9000 Ghent
Saturday - Qualifications: 13€ (pre sale), 15€ (on site)
Sunday - Youth: 8€ (pre sale), 10€ (on site)
Sunday - Final: 13€ (pre sale), 15€ (on site)
Weekend tickets: 22€ (pre sale), 25€ (on site)
Pre-sale you can buy your tickets here until Friday: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/flanders-international-team-challenge-2017-tickets-32847090532?aff=eac2
How to follow?
Belgian Gymnastics will be on site to provide you with live scores on Twitter as well as a recap of the competition and pictures!
Competition directives here
Nominative registration here