After two years of pandemics, 10,000 athletes are enjoying this return to competition.
Gymnasts from Vaud were not going to miss the opportunity to shine in the canton. Many of them spent the first weekend of their giant club. A real family reunion that will attract about 10,000 subscribers by June 19.
Saturday was a special day for Alicia Pacheco. After a leg injury, a young gymnast from the Aigle-Alliance celebrated her return to competition. “It’s been two years since I couldn’t play sports,” said the 17-year-old. So I came to have fun and take part in the competition, despite the notes. And yet Alyssa Pacheco “delivered the goods.” In particular, 9.6 on the horizontal bar and 9.18 on the cart during all-around.
After two years of pandemic, this return to fanfare has benefited the canton’s gymnasts. Even if the transition to the rings, on the floor, on a high bar or in a cart is only part of the competition day. “We take a lot of photos of our band,” explains Corey Davet of Savigny, who represents Lausanne’s colors. We also enjoy spending time with the girls of the company. We look at other groups and encourage each other. There is a lot of solidarity between the gymnasts. “
“We notice that the gymnasts are a little tense. We feel that they want to do well. “
Elodie Martin-Fleury, Judge
This explains why this traditional sport is still popular among young people. The values of work, respect, friendship and mutual assistance are real cement. “It’s true that the gym is a bit like my second family,” admits Alyssa Pacheco. If the competition days start at 7 am and end at 10 pm, we look forward to watching others. Alyssa also uses the time available to review her lessons.
Among the most important players we must not forget about the referees. Focused and uncompromising, they contributed to the success of this first holiday weekend. “The level of personal competition is relatively good,” said Elodie Martin-Fleury, a judge from Uvrie (VS), who came to help the Saint-Serge company. We notice that the gymnasts are a little tense. We feel that they want to do well. “
Prevention of abuse
This holiday was also an opportunity to raise awareness among athletes about sports abuse. In front of the Hall of Islands, psychologists came to present the association “And you…?”. Thanks to the situations of persecution taken from the films, they allowed the athletes to express their feelings. After the scandals that have arisen, in particular, in the gym in recent years, the place has become favorable for discussion and exchange of experiences.
The party will run from June 16 to 19 with entertainment and competitions throughout Yverdon.
Pierre-Alain Schlosser Journalist since 1998. After working as a freelancer for 4 years, he joined the 24 heures sports section, which he led for 10 years. Since 2017 he has been writing for the Sport-Center agency, where he is mainly involved in regional sports.