World Cup Gymnastics coming to Melbourne in 2017



Gymnastics Victoria is excited that Melbourne will be hosting the Gymnastics World Cup when it comes to Australia in 2017.
 
The Gymnastics Australia event is being held in conjunction with Visit Victoria and the Victorian government and  will bring world class gymnasts from 15 countries to compete at Hisense Arena in February each year from 2017 through 2020 in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics. 

Competitors in 2017 will include Krisztian Berki from Hungary – the 2010, 2011 and 2014 World Champion and 2012 Gold Medallist on Pommel Horse and Sanne Wevers from the Netherlands who won Gold on Beam at the Rio Olympics.
 
Aly Raisman – Captain of the USA women’s Olympic Gymnastics team and Gold Medallist at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games – will be the official Ambassador for the Gymnastic World Cup in Melbourne. Aly is passionate about helping grow the sport of Gymnastics internationally and appreciates the support and passion of Australian gymnastics fans have in particular. 
 
Throughout the 2017-2020 Olympic cycle the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has introduced a new World Cup format, where Australia will host a stop on the Individual Apparatus World Cup circuit for the next four years for both Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.  Gymnastics Australia was successful in bidding for one of four stops on the circuit along with Cottbus (Germany), Baku (Azerbaijan), and Doha (Qatar).
 
In 2017 the Australian leg of the FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup Series will be held in the heart of Melbourne’s world-famous sporting precinct, at the state-of-the-art Hisense Arena from February 22 to 25.  Athletes from 14 countries have already confirmed their attendance, and will compete across two days of qualifications (Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February), with the top eight athletes on each apparatus advancing to the finals to be held on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February.

Australia’s thriving gymnastics community comprising over 190 000 registered gymnasts and 550 clubs nationally is eagerly anticipating having a world-class gymnastics competition back on Australian shores for the first time in over a decade.
 
With Melbourne Park being home to the first ever Olympic Games to be held in Australia in 1956, and the 2005 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships and 2006 Commonwealth Games being held at neighbouring Rod Laver Arena, international athletes, coaches and officials are sure to feel right at home at Hisense Arena.
 
The events to be hosted by Australia in 2017 and 2018 will serve as a part of the 2016-2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup Series, for which the first event of the series was held in Cottbus in November, where Australian Olympian, Emily Little, took home the gold medal on Vault and the bronze on Floor.  

Across the eight events in the 2016-2018 FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup series (one held per year in each host city), gymnasts will be attributed points based on their rankings on each apparatus at the different World Cup stops. The points from each gymnast’s best three finishes will be totalled to determine the World Cup series winner on that apparatus.  A prize purse of 5,000 Swiss francs will be awarded to each winner at the end of the series. 
 
The events hosted in 2019 and 2020 will serve as qualifying competitions for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and will be sure to draw an even greater proportion of world-class athletes to compete on Australian shores.
 
For more information about World Cup Gymnastics coming to Melbourne in 2017 - including session times, what each session will entail and ticketing information – head to gymnasticsworldcup.com.au.
 
Gymnastics Australia Media Release