Watch Olympic-level gymnastics at International Gymnix

Robyn Fadden

The excitement of elite artistic gymnastics is more than an Olympic Games phenomenon. See incredible flips, jumps, tricks and dismounts as Montréal hosts the International Gymnix competition this March.

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Now in its 27th year, International Gymnix brings the best female gymnasts in the world to Montréal's Claude-Robillard Sports Complex on March 8 to 11. This year, the participant roster includes more than 1,000 provincial, national and international-caliber athletes—a record for the organization—all of whom will be vying for the top spots in the team and individual competitions. It’s an exciting opportunity to watch the future of gymnastics unfold on the vault, bars, beam and floor at this year's four-day event, which includes the prestigious International Junior Cup and Gymnix Challenge.

 

International Gymnix is an important step on the way to the Olympics, so it's no surprise that a who's who of gymnasts have passed through International Gymnix over the years. The competition's Hall of Fame tells the tale of Olympic gold medalists and world champions, while the competition itself heralds future champions from 15 countries, including Canada, the U.S., Russia, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico, and many more.

Notably, the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex host venue is also the long-time home to Club Gymnix, where rising star Zoé Allaire-Bourgie trains. All eyes will be on the talented 13-year-old as she represents Canada as a junior at the 2018 International Gymnix. Just minutes away from the competition venue is Montréal's famed Olympic Stadium, where Nadia Comăneci scored the world's first perfect 10 in gymnastics at the stadium's inaugural 1976 Summer Olympics.

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You don’t need to be a dedicated gymnastics enthusiast to have a great time at the competition. Families will enjoy a host of fun-filled activities, such as the opportunity to try gymnastics moves, watch in-crowd entertainment, ask for autographs and check out the various booths selling gymnastics-related items and snacks. Québec movie buffs will also want to keep an eye out for acclaimed actor Sophie Nélisse, who is a former International Gymnix competitor and now the official spokesperson of International Gymnix.

Affordable weekend and day pass tickets can be purchased online at International Gymnix.

You can follow the competition with @IntlGymnix and #intlgymnix.

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden, blogger

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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