What is Gymnastics

Gymnastics is one of the world’s most exciting, dynamic and daring sports.

It is one of the oldest Olympic sports and one of the World’s largest sports. To give some examples the World Gymnastics Championships is broadcast to a global TV audience of around 200 million people! Also at every Olympic Games it is one of the first sports to sell out! It is also important to note that we are one of the largest Olympic sports in Ireland.

It’s also one of the world’s most inclusive sports so male or female, young or old, able bodied or disabled there is something for you!

Physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and balance are the sports core components however participation in gymnastics activity also develops confidence, creativity & leadership, not to mention a healthy body and mind.

It promotes an active, physical lifestyle and develops key motor skills.

There are 8 disciplines that fall under the umbrella of gymnastics:

4 Olympic Disciplines
Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic gymnastics & Trampoline Gymnastics

4 Non-Olympic Disciplines
Tumbling, Acrobatics, Aerobics and Gymnastics for All

Internationally, all of the gymnastic sports are governed by FIG - the International Gymnastics Federation. There are 4 continental gymnastics unions, including the European Gymnastics Union – UEG that coordinate continental gymnastics activities (e.g. European Championships) and each country has its own national governing body.

Gymnastics Ireland is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Ireland. We are affiliated to both FIG & UEG in addition to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and are recognised as such by the Irish Sports Council (ISC).

It remains the aim of Gymnastics Ireland to firmly establish Gymnastics as a core Irish sport and provide opportunities for all members of Irish society to participate in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest sports in the world.