More than 100 athletes competed in the regional stage.  (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

Regional Tournament of Rhythmic Gymnastics Midwest was held at Colégio Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora today

More than 100 athletes competed in the regional stage. (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

In all, 45 athletes from Campo Grande participate in the Regional Stage of Rhythmic Gymnastics Midwest, at Colégio Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora, this Saturday (6). A group from the Capital won a gold medal and guaranteed participation in the national stage, which will be held in São Paulo.

At the end of each block, the selected ones were announced. To the delight of the Mato Grosso do Sul trio formed by Ketllyn Souza, 17, Isabella Mendonça, 16, and Ana Beatriz Aquino, 13, they managed to secure first place in the adult category and are already looking forward to traveling to São Paulo to compete.

“Wow, it’s very exciting because I’ve never competed in a team. We want to achieve better results and reach the national level. Until this morning our expectation was to qualify”, pointed out Ketllyn.

Adult category winners Ketllyn Souza, Ana Beatriz Aquino and Isabella Mendonça.  (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)
Adult category winners Ketllyn Souza, Ana Beatriz Aquino and Isabella Mendonça. (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

Ana Beatriz, the youngest of the group who needed to level up to participate with her colleagues, said that she faced the challenge like grown-ups. “Because I’m competing in an adult category, I face it with a lot of responsibility, even more so because it’s a new category in the tournament”, she emphasized.

The trio category was only added this year in the tournament. Even in the previous edition, they could only compete in pairs.

There are four modalities: pre-infant, from 9 to 10 years old; children, from 11 to 12 years old; juvenile, from 13 to 15; and adults over 16. Girls can perform individually or in groups, from 3 to 5 girls.

Another group from Mato Grosso do Sul that also intends to reach the regional stage is the youth group Giulia Althoff, 14, Maria Eduarda, 15, and Mariele de Castro, 13.

Youth group formed by Giulia Althoff, Maria Eduarda and Mariele de Castro.  (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)
Youth group formed by Giulia Althoff, Maria Eduarda and Mariele de Castro. (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

“We already have the suitcase under the bed, ready to put on the clothes and go”, guaranteed the group.

Today was Alice Bacanelli’s first competition, only 10 years old. She is assisted by the Fundesporte project (Fundação de Desporto e Lazer de Mato Grosso do Sul) in Moreninha, where she trains three times a week for a year. Despite being nervous, she said she was very happy to participate.

“It’s my dream to be a gymnast so I was nervous about participating. I want to practice a lot to make it to the nationals,” she said.

Athlete Alice Bacanelli, who competed for the first time.  (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)
Athlete Alice Bacanelli, who competed for the first time. (Photo: Kísie Ainoã)

The competition was streamed on Youtube and they were only able to closely follow the competitors’ friends and family in the gym. Even the 12-person judges evaluated the performances via the live stream, examining difficulties with body, apparatus, performance, and the artistic side of the performances.

From all over the Midwest, 110 girls competed. In the Capital, they train in projects by Fundesporte, Jacques da Luz and Assumagir (South-Mato-Grossense Association of Rhythmic Gymnastics).

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