Medal hopefuls bounce into Birmingham

By on 10/02/2011 in News
  • Date: Wednesday February 16
  • Time: 11am
  • Location: Swanshurst School, Brook Lane, Billesley, Birmingham, B13 0TW
  • Details: With Birmingham hosting the 2011 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline World Championships three medal hopefuls will give a preview of the action.

Hundreds of the world's top gymnasts will bounce into Birmingham later this year for the Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline World Championships.

The prestigious event, featuring around 650 competitors and officials from 40 countries, will be held at the National Indoor Arena from November 17 - 20.

The Championships are a qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Games.

And three medal hopefuls are set to give a preview of the thrilling action to come when they visit Swanshurst School in Billesley on Wednesday February 16.

Amanda Parker (Trampoline) will give a demonstration of her skills before joining Zara Mclean (Tumbling) and Alex Foster (Double Mini Trampoline) for a Q&A session. The trio all competed in last year's World Championships in France.

They will be joined by Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney, who is delighted to welcome yet another international sporting event to Birmingham.

He said: “Once again Birmingham is playing host to a major international sporting event, further enhancing our reputation as the UK's sporting city.

“Organisers and governing bodies choose Birmingham for their events because we have a great reputation for organisation, facilities and of course competitors can always be guaranteed a warm welcome.

“As with last year's European Gymnastics Championships and the World Half Marathon a year earlier, the trampolining world championships will shine a media spotlight on our great city and the event will also have a significant economic impact - boosting the city economy by almost £3 million.”

Featuring eight events (four male/four female), November's event will attract global media coverage with around 200 journalists and 20 TV crews.

The NIA will also play host to the World Age Group Championships (November 24-27) featuring around 1,200 participants aged 11-17.

Esther Nicholls, Major Events Consultant for UK Sport, added: “UK Sport is committed to bringing world class sporting events to the UK ahead of 2012, and this event is part of what we believe to be the most comprehensive pre-Games events programme ever staged by an Olympic and Paralympic host nation.
 
“The World Trampoline Championships in  Birmingham will provide an invaluable opportunity for British athletes to experience international competition on home soil, to prepare them for their home Olympic Games, as well as a chance to build on the event staging capabilities of the sport.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

If you are planning to attend the Swanshurst School event, please contact Adam Snelleksz on 0121 464 0188.

The Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline World Championships encompasses eight events (four male and four female) held over a three-day period.

This is an official qualifying event for the trampoline discipline in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Official equipment supplier, Gymnova, will also be using the competition as a test run for their involvement in the London Games.

The UK Sport Economic Impact template estimates the event will be worth £2.6 million to the Birmingham economy. Previous international sporting events have also brought significant boosts to the city: World Half Marathon Championships (£1.3m), European Gymnastics Championships (£3.5m), World Wheelchair Basketball Championships (£2.2m)

UK Sport
UK Sport's World Class Events Programme distributes approximately £3.5 million of Lottery funding each year to support the bidding and staging costs of major events on home soil, as well as providing specialist support to organisers. Ahead of London 2012, events are supported primarily based on their likely performance impact, but consideration is given to the broader impacts of events: to maximise the wider sporting, social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits, as well as sporting performance and legacy.
 
Over 100 events, hosted by at least 35 different towns and cities, will have been supported from 2007 until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These competitions will have attracted around 30,000 athletes and provided opportunities for over 27,000 officials and volunteers to gain international sporting experience and develop key skills ahead of London 2012. More @ www.uksport.gov.uk/events

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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