A breathtaking sport to watch, Gymnastics develops co-ordination, awareness, flexibility and a bit of elegance, grace and style doesn't go a miss when performing routines of the floor!
Athletes will compete in a full programme of artistic Gymnastics with six events for men and four for women.
Sam Oldham who competed in the 2006 UK School Games went on to become an Olympic medal winner at London 2012! Sam was part of the men's team that took an historic bronze medal as part of Britain's best ever Olympic Gymnastics performance. In the women's team gymnasts such as Team GB's youngest member Rebecca Tunney and her teammate Jennifer Pinches have also competed in School Games.
The stunning movements performed by the gymnasts on the balance beam are being carried out on the surface of a piece of apparatus only 10cm (4in) wide.
The pommel horse is probably the most difficult of the six male artistic Gymnastic events. It is the only one in which contestants do not pause or hold a pose during a routine.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Louis Smith won Great Britain's first Olympic gymnastics medal in 80 years, he won a bronze in pommel horse.
This event therefore, is for young gymnasts to aspire towards their way through the pathway to international competition. The British Gymnastics is working at local, County and Regional level, to implement the National Schools Competition Framework to establish developmental pathways. Consulting across gymnastics organisations and involving the Youth Sport Trust ensures that this framework is holistic in its approach. The Sainsbury's 2013 School Games helps bridge the gap from development to elite and as such is a crucial pathway to World Class and helps drive development in the Home Countries towards high level competition.
Four teams are competing in men's artistic and women's artistic gymnastics representing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.