Collinsville hosting more than 800 gymnasts at Gateway Challenge Meet
The Gateway Challenge Meet, hosted by World Class Gymnastics, is an annual event in Collinsville that attracts 800 gymnasts from around the country -- and its 2016 event is underway.
Gymnasts, ages six to 18, participate in all levels of gymnastics at the three-day meet, as part of 25 teams. These teams compete in United States of America Gymnastics-level events including floor exercise, uneven bars, vault and balance beam. The gymnasts will compete for individual honors as well as team placement.
“This unique event is an excellent opportunity for young gymnasts and fans from the St. Louis area to watch all levels of gymnastic talent and to gain a good understanding of what takes place at a competitive meet,” Patrick Hulliung, owner and coach of World Class Gymnastics, said. “Parents and kids contemplating gymnastics should definitely come out to see what it’s all about. We will be showcasing some of the best young gymnastic talent from across the country at this event.”
The main highlight is the Team Challenge Event, which takes place on Saturday evening and involves only eight selected teams competing on each of the four apparatuses. The winning team receives a cash prize for its gym.
“The Team Challenge is truly unique to our event and a major draw to competitive teams who hope to earn the title of champions,” Hulliung said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the younger gymnasts to compete alongside their more advanced teammates, but in an exciting, fun and relaxed atmosphere.”
The Gateway Challenge Meet attracts more than 2,500 people to the city of Collinsville each year.