“We don’t need wings to fly”: that’s what best represent my sport: Artistic Gymnastic.
This sport was included in the Olympic program since the first edition of 1896. It’s divided into women (WAG) and men (MAG) competitions. WAG apparatus are vault, uneven bars, beam and floor while MAG apparatus are floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Depending on the contest format, gymnasts compete in team, individual and apparatus challenges. It’s one of the most popular sports of the Olympic Games. Artistic Gymnastic is practiced all over the world and requires strenght, fluency, balance, expression and artistry, and it’s very difficult to manage them all together. The Code of Point, issued from the International Gymnastic Federation (FIG), regulates the international competitions.
Concerning ISF, Artistic Gymnastic is one of the main sports of Gymnasiade, an international competitions for junior category at a very high level. Many gymnasts, who competed in Gymnasiade, have become members of their own national team participating at Continental and World Championships.
I started being member of the ISF Technical Commission of Artistic Gymnastic in 2000 and I ‘ve had the honour to be president since 2004. I followed the management of the Gymnasiades of Athens, Doha and Brasilia with success.
The next ISF competition will be the Gymnasiade in 2016 in Trebson (Turkey), and we’re working to organize it in the best way and I hope that those efforts will summon a huge audience.
My love for Gymnastic started when I was very young, and I practiced it for a lot of years. The best emotional moment I can remember was when I won the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games of Alger with the Italian national team.
Now I am a teacher of Physical Education in a high school in Milan and I’ve taught Artistic Gymnastic at the University of Physical Education for 22 years. I was WAG coach of national level and coreograph of WAG and MAG national teams. Currently I’m an international judge, and I’ve followed an Olympic Game, 6 World Championships, 8 European Championships and several World Cups, international meetings and tournaments.
I understood during my life that sport is like a teacher. I also realized that sport requires total committment and sacrifices, but then it gives you the best satisfactions ever. That is what I mean by Gymnastic.