The major international event held on British soil every year, the FIG Glasgow World Cup, is the final one of a fantastic year full of exciting gymnastics.This year’s line up may not include all the major players of this year’s world championships; it is still exciting and stacked with gymnasts ready to wow the Scottish crowd.Here are the participants (updated December 3rd):
Larisa Andreea Iordache Vanessa Ferarri Georgina Hockenhull Elsabeth Black Erika Fasana Mai Murakami Jessica Lopez Pauline Schaefer
The reigning champion, Larisa Andreea Iordache, is the hot favourite to take the title again. This would be her 2nd victory in the 2014/2015 World Cup circuit, after Stuttgart just last weekend. Iordache is currently ranked 2nd in the world following her silver medal winning performance in the all around at the world championships.Other contenders include 2006 World Champion Vanessa Ferrari from Italy, Commonwealth beam champion Ellie Black from Canada and fan favourite Jessica Lopez from Venezuela.The event will be broadcast on the BBC website on Saturday 6th December and will be replayed on the BBC Saturday 13 December.
But that’s not it… Once again this years Glasgow World Cup weekend will play alongside this years British Espoir Championships. This is a chance for us to see what sort of post-Rio talent Great Britain is producing.Last year’s Espoir Championships was swept completely by Catherine Lyons, but this year we expect to have multiple winners for the all-around and event finals.My top picks for you all to watch includes star in the making Taeja James, who is a dynamic powerhouse who I am sure will be a great asset to the British team for Tokyo 2020. Also one to watch is Louise McColgan, another star for the future.Some of the other participants:Latalia BevanAmelia MontagueMaisie MethuenRowena NeedhamRachel FraserHannah LeesonLucy StanhopeMegan ParkerMegan SplainEmily GibsonCourtney BurtonElle CheethamJolie RuckleyLaura KalethaThe all-around competition will take place on the 6th December and the apparatus finals will be on the 7th December.
Article by: Craig Tilley
Cover Photo: Nadia Boyce