The Sierra Leone Gymnastics Federation (SLGF) is launching its first National Gymnastics and Cultural Festival on February 10, 2024, at the Freetown City Hall. The festival aims to promote gymnastics as a popular sport in Sierra Leone and inspire parents to sign up their children for gymnastics programs.
SLGF President Anna Williams said that they want to make gymnastics a household name in the country. She added that they have nine disciplines in gymnastics, but they only focus on a few because they lack the proper equipment and a suitable venue.
“If we have a gym of our own and the necessary equipment, we can offer all nine disciplines. The festival is an opportunity to attract more sponsors and supporters to help us grow our programs,” Williams said.
The festival will include various disciplines, such as aerobic performances with mixed pairs, trios, and individual routines for both men and women. They will also display rhythmic, acrobatic, and the Circus proper, a type of entertainment that combines gymnastics for all.
“We want to show the nation that we have a lot to offer in gymnastics, even with limited resources. We hope to draw more attention and support through this festival,” Williams said.
The festival will also serve as a platform for participants to compete in a friendly manner after intensive training. Williams hoped that the First Lady and other dignitaries will attend the event and motivate SLGF to organize more events throughout the year.
Williams emphasized the cultural aspect of the festival, saying that events like “gymnastics for all” will not only demonstrate gymnastic skills but also incorporate cultural elements. “Participants will showcase their culture through gymnastics, creating a lively spectacle for kids, youth, and the elderly,” Williams concluded.