We Finns have had a life-long dream of organizing the World Gymnaestrada in Finland. Now together with the city of Helsinki, Ministry of Education and Culture and our other partners, that dream became reality. Our wish was to offer a unique event both for the participants and the international gymnastics family. At the same time we wanted to give the Finnish people and travelers a memorable experience of gymnastics and the magnificence of the Gymnaestrada Spirit.
Over three months ago, actually exactly 100 days ago, we all were sitting at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium and enjoyed the Closing Ceremony of the 15th World Gymnaestrada. Gymnaestrada week was full of gymnastics performances, good spirit and happy faces. We collected some moments of the World Gymnaestrada 2015 Helsinki here in photos, videos and stories.
Oldest participant of the World Gymnaestrada 2015 Helsinki was an 89 year old male gymnast from Finland. But not very far from his age were the oldest volunteers. Finnish Eelis Asikainen and Greta Laurio-Eronen, both respectfully seen 81 summers in their lives, didn’t let their age to stop them to be a part of the organising team of the World Gymnaestrada. For both of them the volunteering at the World Gymnaestrada in Helsinki was an obvious thing.
The Get Together Area is full of people on an early Tuesday evening when we go after a new story. People are laughing and having fun. Groups of different nationalities are everywhere if one is to believe the clothes people are wearing. One group particularly stands out from the crowd. We step into the group to ask a few questions for our gallop but the story that they share with us sums the true meaning of the World Gymnaestrada perfectly.
Highlights from the WG2015 week
WG2015 week offered over 200 hours of gymnastics performances in 15 different arenas. Which of these shows did you see?
Highlights from the Midnight Sun Special
Midnight Sun Special evening was a tribute to large group performances. This evening, which was organised for the first time in World Gymnaestrada history, gave inspiration and new experiences for everybody in WG2015.