The Gimnicas Activities Club from Ponta Delgada (CAGPD) is hosting the World Cup and 2nd Aerobic Gymnastics International Open, in partnership with the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), taking place May 16 through May 21. The FIG’s Aerobic Gymnastics World Cup in Ponta Delgada, held in Ponta Delgada for the first time in 2010, returns to the Azores for its second edition.
The event, taking place at Teatro Micaelense, in Ponta Delgada, will have the participation of 132 wold gymnasts from 11 countries, including 49 Portuguese athletes. Participating countries include Austria, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Russia and Switzerland.
International gymnasts, such as Ivan Parejo, Sara Moreno and Vicente Lli from Spain; Aurelie Joly, Julien Chaninet, Maxime Breitel, Benjamin and Nicolas Garavel from France; and Giulia Bianchi, Antonio Caforio and Emanuelle Pagliuca from Italy, will be competing at the FIG’s Ponta Delgada Open.
Additional completions for the 2012 World Cup finals will also take place in France, Japan, Czechoslovakia and Austria. The best eight gymnasts per category and age group will qualify for the 2012 Aerobic Gymnastics World Cup finals.
Established in 2008, the hosting FIG partner, Clube de Actividades Gímnicas de Ponta Delgada (CAGPD),was the co-organizer of the 2010 edition of the Ponta Delgada World Cup and the International Open.
CAGPD is a public utility institution in partnership with Corpore Ginásio. With several national and international titles, the main activity of the two institutions is Aerobic Gymnastics, with classes for children starting from three years of age. In the different age categories (Juniors, Age Groups 1, 2 and Seniors) they are co-organizers of the “Regional Youth Talents”, “National Team” and “High Performance” gymnasts.
After a successful year 2011 with National Champions in six categories, CAGPD won the Portugal National Cup in Aerobic Gymnastics for the fifth consecutive year and counts a number of medals from several international tournaments in 2012.