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The first weekend of September saw the annual Welsh Aerobic Open Championships being held in the National Sports Centre, Cardiff. Clubs from all over Britain were in attendance with over 300 young people competing at various levels.  

This year for the first time Welsh Gymnastics showcased the new Introductory Aerobic Code (IAC) level of competition. 

IAC has been introduced by British Gymnastics as an introduction to the aerobic discipline for all clubs, coaches and gymnasts. It gives clubs the opportunity to work through a prescribed comprehensive curriculum of lesson plans which prepares their gymnasts for competition.

This event saw world medallists competing on the same floor as aerobic newcomers - a brilliant, encouraging environment for all involved.  The aerobic discipline gives gymnasts the opportunity to show their flexibility and strength with a mixtures of dynamic spins, leaps and holds, all performed to a high volume, high tempo music compilation.

After the competition concluded, a special award was given to our fantastic Welsh gymnasts who represented British Gymnastics and the whole of the UK at this year’s World Championships.

The awards were presented by Nigel Saunders and our head judge Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis, on behalf of Welsh Gymnastics. 

A huge well done to everyone that competed, and thanks to all those clubs and volunteers who travelled to help the competition run smoothly.

Full results from the competition can be found via the BGscore app, with photos available from DE photos.