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Canada Games

Location: Red Deer, Alberta

Artistic Gymnastics

The sport of artistic gymnastics combines agility, balance and coordination and has been around as far back as the ancient Greeks, and the first Gymnastics World Championships were held in 1903. Artistic gymnastics have been part of the competition since the initial Canada Games in 1967. Male and female athletes compete in both team and individual formats, performing a series of routines on either gym apparatus or in a floor exercise. Athletes are assigned a score based on the proficiency of the routine, which sometimes includes required elements, and degree of difficulty.


Teams are comprised of six male and six female athletes from each province or territory.

Male and female competitors must meet specific age requirements set out for the gymnastics component of each Canada Games.

All members compete during the team competition for their respective gender.

At the conclusion of the team competition, the top three athletes from each province or territory based on scores move on the the individual all around competition. The athletes with the next six highest scores also move on the the individual all around competition. Those 36 athletes compete on all apparatuses.

The top eight athletes at the conclusion of the all around competition – with a maximum of two per province or territory – will then compete in the event finals for the various apparatus. An athlete may compete in more than one event. 



The aerial excitement of gymnastics trampoline made its debut at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George in 2015. Fast becoming one of the most popular Olympic sports, spectators have been wowed by the talent.

Having made its Olympic debut in 2000, trampoline competitions aren't really new - trampoline competitions have been organized since at least the 1950s, and the first World Championships were held in 1964.

Athletes are judged on the merits of 10 consecutive bounces with the first and last being on the feet, while the others may be on the back or front. In their routine, athletes need to perform a certain number of required elements, including a skill landing on the front or back, a skill that takes off from the front or back, a double somersault (frontwards or backwards, with or without a twist), a double somersault forward or back with a minimum 360 degree twist, and a somersault with a 540 degree twist.

Upon landing the end of the routine, the trampoline must stop moving completely. Judges evaluate the quality of the routine for such things as position of the body in the centre of the trampoline, height and control, and landing.