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Where: Impact Gymsport Academy, Shed 1, Trustpower Baypark arena, 82 Truman Lane, Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

The Schools GymSport Festival was created as an event for schools to celebrate gymnastics in all its forms and to generate interest and enthusiasm about this wonderful multi-discipline sport.

This event provides an opportunity for school children to participate at their own ability level, in an individual or group based activity.

Our long term goal is to provide every school in New Zealand with the opportunity to participate in a GymSport Festival, thus increasing the visibility of the sport at a grass roots level.

Intended Outcomes
- To promote the benefits of gymnastic sports to the health and well-being of all participants.
- To increase the visibility, awareness and practice of all the disciplines. Gymnastics is a multi-discipline sport.
- To promote Gymnastics as a foundation for all sports and as the ultimate human movement experience for participants of all ages and levels.
- To promote participation in GymSports as an active lifestyle choice. GymSports is for fun, recreation, competition, education, excellence, personal improvement, GymSports is for life.

5 Primary and Intermediate Schools Gymsport Festival Handbook 2018
- To promote GymSport Clubs and its members (facilities, programmes, coaches, judges etc).
- To provide fundraising and promotional opportunities for organisations.

Why Participate?
- To increase excitement for sport and to communicate the sense of self efficacy and health benefits that gymnastics fosters.
- It is a fact that everyone can find something meaningful and beneficial in sport, regardless of age, ability or goals. The GymSport Festival offers something for all.

The Schools GymSport Festival is based on creating an atmosphere that is inviting, motivating, accessible to everyone and encourages the active participation of school children in gymnastics.
Join the celebration! The GymSport Festival is a great way to advocate gymnastics within your school.

Eligibility and Entries
1. All competitors who are enrolled in full time school and are in year two or above in the year of competition are eligible to seek entry to the festival.

2. If the total number of entries exceeds the maximum number that can be accommodated in the event, the organisers reserve the right to alter the programme in order to fulfill the festival.

3. Entries will be accepted from Primary and Intermediate Schools. It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that the competitors comply with the GymSport Eligibility guidelines.

4. Please ensure one entry form is completed for each GymSport and division entered. For specific details please see entry form.

Summary of Gymsports
*Novice: Any child never having competed in the Gymnastics NZ competitive programmes. They may also be children retired from competitive GymSports for at least 2 years.

**Competitive: Any gymnast who competes in the Gymnastics New Zealand Competitive Stream- Steps or Levels. Will train several times a week.

Please note - Children who go to gymnastics classes at a club once a week for recreational classes or partake in the club based Incentive Awards Scheme are in the Novice stream.

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