Affinity's 4th Invitational - 2019
For Affinity Gymnasts
Welcome to our Invitational 2019 from Club Leader Jen.The Affinity Invitational is fast becoming a highlight of the Affinity calendar (and mine as club leader!). It started with a desire to bring the Affinity ethos to competitive gymnastics.
Competition has historically been the way gymnasts get to display their skills away from their club and training sessions. I personally have a background competing in gymnastics as a child and young person and I know I gained a lot from the experience. I loved having something to work towards, loved performing on the day and supporting my team mates. To do something that lets be honest, was a bit nerve-wracking or challenging at times but felt great afterwards and gave me great confidence in myself and my abilities. It really helped shape a lot of the qualities in me that have been key in my success as an adult.
However, traditionally gymnastics competition has been SERIOUSLY formal. No talking. No helping during performances. MEGA tenseness and competitiveness between competing gymnasts and clubs. WAY too much pressure on gymnasts to remember routines and do them perfectly and win medals. Oh and of course the need to be training lots and lots of hours to have this outlet.
Affinity as a club, turns all this on its head. As you’ll know, we’re all about fun, kindness, friendliness, support and rewarding everyone’s skills and best efforts – no matter what that is. So the Affinity Invitational Competition is our opportunity to bring this ethos to competition. I am super proud and excited to be leading a NEW way of gymnastics competition AND for that to include gymnasts who train as little as one hour a week.
So it’s my great pleasure to announce entries are now OPEN for our 4th AWESOME Affinity Invitational to be held at Wodson Park, Ware, Herts on 16th and 17th March 2019!
Read on to discover what its all about, what’s new for this year (I can’t tell you how excited I am about the changes) and how to enter.
Kind regards and cartwheels
Jennifer Page, Club Leader, Affinity Gymnastics