Editora Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). Suíça 2023. 157 páginas.



Dear Reader,  

I believe that one of the most beautiful aspects of sports is its power to unite people in the spirit of friendship and fraternity. Gymnastics for All is a perfect example of this. It shows how Gymnastics is the foundation of all sports and how it can be practiced by anyone. It inspires people from all age groups, all around the world, to come together and perform, in a celebration of sport and creativity.

Additionally, Gymnastics for All encourages the development of the sport, as it has an impact on such a diverse audience worldwide. Anyone can practice Gymnastics, anywhere, anytime, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and ability. It can serve as an introduction to Gymnastics for younger generations, and, at the same time, it gives older generations the opportunity to keep engaging in a physical activity, which is beneficial for their health and well-being. It also promotes an inclusive society, as it allows for gymnasts with different levels of abilities to practise together – there is simply no distinction between the members of a group. They all equally contribute to the quality of a performance, and having the opportunity to perform is highly motivating. This is what is truly amazing about this discipline.

The magic of Gymnastics for All reaches its pinnacle at its two major events, the World Gymnaestrada and the World Gym for Life Challenge. The atmosphere at these events is truly unique, and it is the best illustration of the five Fs that define the discipline: fun, fitness, fundamentals, friendship and forever. It is a festival of joy that unites all kinds of people coming from all over the world, sharing the same goal: practising Gymnastics and having a good time. The friendships that the participants build will live on forever, and the memories that they make will always be by their side. The above is only a small preview of the beauty of Gymnastics for All. I invite you to learn more about this unique discipline by reading on. You will be inspired!

Morinari Watanabe

International Gymnastics Federation President