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Hundreds of gymnasts at Region 5 event in Gauteng
- Updated: December 8, 2015
The 2015 Region 5 Gymnastics Competition (former Zone VI Competition) kicked off in Gauteng on Monday with the event officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen, at the Matsport Centre in Centurion.
The event takes place over the first of three days of competition.
In attendance at the Region 5 Competition are participants from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Sadly Angola and Lesotho could not attend. Over 300 gymnasts and 50 officials are involved in the competition, which features developmental level gymnastics across the disciplines of artistic, aerobic, rhythmic, trampoline and tumbling.
The first day of competition saw Team South Africa dominate the artistic competition, winning all categories in both the men and women’s Pre-Junior, Junior and Senior categories. Zimbabwe however have shown very promising talent in the women’s artistic pre-junior category.
The purpose of holding the Zone VI Competitions is two-fold. The first is to prepare up and coming talented youth for international competition, the second to promote and develop the sport in the Southern African Region.
The hosting of this event is on a rotational basis between member countries. The South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) were previous hosts in 2012, with the 2016 edition to be held in Zimbabwe.