Paddle Surfing

Equipment

Balance Beam Grips Leotard Pommel Horse Uneven Bars

Rules

Description

Special Olympics Gymnastics is a collection of gymnastics events where all competitors have a physical or mental disability. Special Olympics gymnastics is an event competition for gymnasts with physical or mental disabilities. Competitions are offered for men in the artistic events and women in artistic and rhythmic events. Male and female gymnasts may compete in all events offered (All Around) or may be specialists, competing in one, two, or more (but not all) events. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.

History

Gymnastics have been a part of the Special Olympics since the third international Special Olympics World Summer Games in 1972; there, 11 gymnasts competed in tumbling and free exercise routines. At the 2003 World summer Games, 177 artistic gymnasts and 53 rhythmic gymnasts from 51 programs competed. As of 2005, the Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report stated 34, 519 Special Olympics athletes competed in gymnastics.