O2 ARENA, NORTH GREENWICH, VISA INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS
We went to see the Trampoline competition at the O2 Arena last Friday.
I did these three sketches
We had a great difficulty in getting to the O2 Arena, at North Greenwich, as the Jubilee Line was ‘up the spout’ again, due to a signal failure at Stanmore. The tube trains were few and very delayed, crushed full to bursting. So we arrived late, and I was disappointed to find that we could not take cameras inside.
The Arena was almost full on one side, nearest the entrance, and no seats near the front. Nevertheless we could see quite well, as the Trampolines were in the centre of the arena, and the athletes were easy to follow, their jumps and twists quite spectacular.
It was very interesting because I have never seen top class gymnasts before and was not aware how spectacular their movements are. Of course they compete one at a time, and not together as I have drawn them. First was the men’s competition and then the women’s.
More details can be found at www.british-gymnastics.org
Here is a quote from the brochure: ‘At the 2011 Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham the top eight competitors claimed places for their country at London 2012. Those who missed qualifying at this event will battle for the five places up for grabs at this month’s test event. The FIG will aware a final three places at their discretion at a later date.’