“The stereotypes of weak older people hurt us all. I like showing younger people what’s possible.” — Johanna Quaas
The 88-year-old competitive German gymnast appeared in her first gymnastics competition in 1934. …
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You are invited to participate in a research study of participation motivations and online media usage of masters gymnastics participants (Adult gymnasts). The study is being conducted by Andrea N. Eagleman, Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University in New Zealand. …
It takes about 15min to complete.
Adult gymnast and psychology professor, Mary McNaughton-Cassill reports back from the annual masters meet at Vancouver Phoenix, in Canada. This year it was combined with an age group meet. What fun for kids to see that this is a sport they can do for a lifetime!
… contrary to popular opinion, gymnastics is a sport that can be enjoyed at any age. While most gyms in the United States are populated by hoards of agile children, adult gymnasts are starting to infiltrate their ranks. And these older gymnasts are not necessarily the stars of their childhood gymnastics classes or elite athletes …
Awards are presented up to 10th place, special awards are given for both serious (best form and choreography) and entertaining (most pizazz, most spirited athlete, coach and judge) performances. The competitors who place in the top 3 of their events are also given cans of Canadian beer or mixed drinks along with their medals when they step up on the podium.
read more on Meet Report: Masters Gymnastics Magic in Vancouver
I signed up for the once-a-week adult class at one of the local gymnast, and I’ve been twice so far. So far, it’s been a great experience. I’m fortunate enough to live in a city that has a gym with a great adult program offering classes at a very good price ($65 for 4 2-hour sessions). …
The coach does a great job of accommodating everyone. There are people who come to the class having never been to a gym in their life. There are people like me, who did gymnastics way back when, but can’t even do a pullover now. There are also people who can do double backs and giants. There are both men and women in the class, and we train all together.
One thing that surprised me was how many skills I lost. …
Adults gymnastics class at Chelsea Piers, where revenue for the program jumped 76 percent during the Olympics this year, compared with the same two weeks in 2011.
Chang W. Lee/The New York Times – Classes Take a Tumble, Happily
That via an even better page on Gymnastike — Fierce Five Inspire Adult Gymnasts!
Or check Gymnastike’s dedicated adult gymnastics page.
… nearly 87 years old Johanna Quaas from Halle, Germany, is now the oldest active gymnast of the world!
Today she presented her parallel bars exercise at the official press conference of the brand new 2013 issue of GUINESS WORLD RECORDS … in the Tower Hotel of London.
… Remarkably the retired PE teacher from Leipzig; Germany only began to train at gymnastics in her 50s taking part in her first competition at the age of 56.
Johanna says “it is great feeling to be included and I hope the record inspires others to realise it’s never too late.”
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If you’re older, and can compete with that, leave a comment. We’ll petition.
(via Gymnastics Coaching)