DuGym Cup’s 2nd edition of International Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition ends with glamorous performances and stellar wins!
Three days of entertaining performances saw international gymnasts putting their best to clinch coveted titles.
Reiterating its commitment towards putting UAE on the world map when it comes to International Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition; DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics Club’s 2nd edition of DuGym Cup 2017 ended successfully with pomp and fervour. Amidst thunderous applauses 62 teams from 17 countries participated and displayed exceptional skills and talent with a full house audience in attendance. A panel of world renowned judges including Evgenia Kanaeva, Salome Pazhava and Angel Ilgaz judged 450 gymnasts to pick winners of the competition that was held over three days.
Officially supported by the Dubai Sports Council, the competition was held at Al Manara Sports Centre and was attended by sports dignitaries, official delegates as well as international gymnasts along with local audiences and an impressive panel of international judges at Olympic levels. An encouraging, cheerful and enthusiastic environment prevailed all through the competition as fellow-gymnasts, coaches, parents and supporters were seen cheering their favourite contestant and team in the gala event.
The competition was complemented with an exclusive Masterclass under the distinguished guidance of Salome Pazhava who participated in the competition. The MaterClass was attended by more than 110 gymnasts. Having benefitted with the renowned gymnasts international exposure and technical tips; the participants gained immensely through the Masterclass.
Speaking at the culmination, Director and head coach of DuGym RG, Angel Ilgaz said; “We’re thrilled to have raised the bar second time around. Right from organising, hosting, lending a competitive edge, event detailing to carrying it all out professionally; we have set ourselves and our audiences newer benchmarks to surpass the next time around. Many congratulations to all the winners, heartfelt gratitude to all the celebratory names associated with the event and an encouraging applause for all the participants. We’ll be back with a bigger and better third edition of DuGym Cup next year.”
DuGym Cup, non-profit event, was founded to further emphasize DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics Club’s vision to create awareness and interest in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
For further details of the event kindly log on to www.dugymrg.com/dugymcupresult
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Angel, Director and Head Coach of DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics, gets featured in Ahlan! for her achievements and starting the FIRST Rhythmic Gymnastics club in UAE!
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DuGym RG Club brings 2nd edition of International Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition in association with Dubai Sports Council
The scintillating event has so far registered 286 gymnast participants from 21 countries and has opened entries for further participation!
Dubai, UAE 18th October 2017: Pioneering the idea of introducing Rhythmic Gymnastics from recreational to a sports event of international level; DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG), UAE’s first club of its sort, is all set to host the second edition of International Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition in association with Dubai Sports Council (DSC). The 2nd Dubai International Rhythmic Gymnastics - DuGym Cup 2017, will be held from 7th to 9th December at the Al Manara Sports Hall and is inviting Rhythmic Gymnast participants from across the world for participation.
With competitions to be held at an individual and group level; participants will have varied options in skill display that include Free Hand, Rope, Ball, Hoop; as well as styles of their choice.
The event is all set to raise benchmarks in the international field of Rhythmic Gymnastics as DuGym Cup 2017 will have the legendary Evgenia Kanaeva, the only individual rhythmic gymnast in history to win two Olympic all-around gold medals, winning at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games. She also has to her credit, 17 times World Champion title and 13 times European Championship; which makes her a world class gymnast like no other.
Speaking about the competition, director and head coach of DuGym RG, Angel Ilgaz said; “Rhythmic Gymnastics is an aesthetic amalgamation of sports and art. An Olympic sport of international stature, we at DuGym RG thought that it was essential to create a platform where not just our home-groomed gymnasts but participants from world over would be able to display their competitive form. The debut chapter of this event witnessed stupendous success. To keep the momentum going; this year’s competition will be organized at a grander level with world renowned panel of judges and an increase in number of international participants.”
This year’s Rhythmic Gymnast participants will also be privileged with a Master Class to be held on 10-11 December, by Elena Karpushenko - personal coach of three-time World all round champion and World record holder Yana Kudryavtseva. In addition to this, a special Master Class will be arranged with Salome Pazhava – all round bronze medallist at the FIG World Cup series, in 2016.
With greater motivation and best practices, the International Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition is every rhythmic gymnast’s dream to experience professional excellence and competitive stature. For participation details please visit www.dugymcup.com
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Dubai, 28 March 2017 – Gymnasts from DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics representing United Arab Emirates (UAE) made yet another great triumph at an International competition. This time around, it was at the Grand Prix Deriugina Cup in Kiev, Ukraine. For starters, Grand Prix in the world of Gymnastics is closely placed next to the World Cups and Olympics. The Deriugina Cup in Kiev was established 22 years ago and is considered to be one of the grandest stages for Rhythmic Gymnastics which upholds a lot of great traditions.
The 22nd edition of the Grand Prix Deriugina Cup had participants from 28 countries around the world and Rhythmic Gymnasts from UAE was successful enough to grab two Silver medals, making 2017 start on a great note. It was Pask Elizabeth and Young Evin who made this dream-like achievement a reality for UAE. This victory also means that the standards have been set higher for all the ambitious gymnasts from our country for this year.
“It was a great experience to compete at the Grand Prix, which was one of my dreams with which I grew up. Apart from competing at the International competition, I was also able to learn a lot from the well-known Rhythmic Gymnasts who attended the Deriugina Cup”, stated Pask Elizabeth, DuGym RG gymnast who won second place in Pre-Junior Competition 2007-2008 category.
During the competition, UAE as a country was standing out. Many gymnasts were asking about Dubai and UAE. We were also able to have new friends and learn from them during the International competition. They have agreed to visit Dubai during the DuGym Cup later this year, remarked Young Evin, the winner of second place in Pre-Junior Competition 2005-2006 category.
Director and head coach of DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics, Angel Ebru Ilgaz, stated that “the victory at Kiev, Deriugina Cup for UAE is one of the greatest title achievements. Gymnasts from our country don’t get many chances to participate at Grand Prix as there is no Gymnastics Federation in UAE. Ten years ago when I started the first rhythmic gymnastics club in UAE there weren’t much attention or participants for this Olympic sport”. DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics club, established in 2006 and was the first Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) club in UAE.
“Great titles wins in the recent past by DuGym Rhythmic Gymnasts is keeping UAE in the limelight as a great competitor with many Emirati and expat talents”, said Angel, This is also giving parents inspiration and enthusiasm to train their girls from young age. DuGym RG team is now preparing for the next great International Competition, Salut Cup in Toronto in April.
Deriugina Cup 2017, as always was one of the brightest sporting event. In March, the prestigious tournament was well timed to celebrate the anniversary of legendary coach, Hero of Ukraine, President of Ukrainian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics - Albina Deriugina who turned 85 years. Apart from the Deriugina Cup competitive programmes attended by leading gymnasts from around the world, participants and viewers from all over the world were able to witness an awesome gala performance which featured well-known artists including Irina Deriugina and Irisha Blokhina.
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Kaylin Van Heerden residing in Dubai will now prepare for Youth Olympic Games (YOG)
Dubai, 29 March 2017 – For Kaylin Van Heerden residing in Dubai, the month of March was not any ordinary. It all started just as any another day until around mid-day on the 26th of March, when Kaylin received a call from Angel Ebru Ilgaz, the Director and Head Coach of DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. Angel had just brought great news to Kaylin and her family, the update being that she has been selected to be part of the National Team of South African Rhythmic Gymnastics.
This achievement for Kaylin, who just turned 14 years, didn’t come so easily to her. There was a lot of hard work and training that she required beforehand. Kaylin admits that any sport (or passion) requires many sacrifices and consistent determination. 18 – 20 hours is the average training hours that she puts in place a week at her club - DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics, which does not include the warm ups. To fit the training hours in any normal week with school means that she will have very little time to watch special series or programs on television. But for an aspiring girl, who dreams of competing in World Cups and Olympics, she is quite determined to do what it takes to get to the top.
It was in November 2016 that Kaylin stroke the cord high by winning third place at the International Rhythmic Gymnastics Pecs Cup 2016, held at Hungary representing UAE from DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics. The very next month she emerged with Gold medal in the Junior level 1st Dubai International Rhythmic Gymnastics DuGym Cup. Now Kaylin has turned out to be the first UAE resident to attain the glory of being able to make to this level and to be part of the South African National Team. This also means that she is eligible to participate in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), and shall shortly start preparation for the same.
Speaking about Kaylin, Angel, her head coach said, close to two years, we are seeing the tremendous dedication that Kaylin puts in. Hard work never seized, neither does her determination to be the best, and it is rare to see at this young age, a culmination of all rhythmic gymnastics elements and grace that is required for all gymnasts who dream of being part of Olympics, and these are truly evidently in our star - Kaylin. DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics coaches and gymnasts wished Kaylin all the best as she is now embarking on a phenomenal journey in life.
Kaylin’s achievement has also given encouragement to other budding talents from UAE like Evin Young and Chloe Young from DuGym RG, who will now participate in the zonal competition held at Canterbury Christ Church University Sports Centre, United Kingdom, after which they will compete for the National Team selections. The specialist in the field of gymnastics and coaches from DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics believe that both Evin and Chloe can emerge victorious in this zone competition. We are keeping our fingers crossed for more UAE residents being part of various National Teams.
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DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics club hosted successfully the FIRST ever International Rhythmic Gymnastics competition in Dubai, UAE
9 – 12 DECEMBER 2016
Experts in the field of Rhythmic Gymnasts believe that DUGYM CUP 2016 have opened infinite number of possibilities for the budding talents in the Middle East
Dubai, 12 December 2016 –With great pomp and glamour DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics club hosted DuGym Cup the FIRST ever International Rhythmic Gymnastics competition to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the 9th and 10th of December 2016. DuGym Cup brought more than 260 international gymnasts from 21 countries to compete and display their talent in front of a full-house audience and world-renowned panel of judges including Noha Abou Shabana, the Vice President of FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics (FIG - International Gymnastics Federation / Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique).
Officially approved by Dubai Sports Council (DSC), the DuGym Cup was held in Al Manara Sports Centre and was attended by high ranked officials of DSC as well as gymnasts including Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist Anna Rizatdinova from Ukraine, Dora Vass from Hungary and Maria Mateva from Bulgaria. Gymnasts, coaches, parents and audience were also able to witness the performance of these world renowned gymnasts live during the Gala Event of DuGym Cup.
International Competition was followed by two days of Master Class on the 11 and 12 December, which was attended by more than 150 gymnasts from around the world, where they will get professional technical tips from the world class gymnasts Anna Rizatdinova, Dora Vass and Maria Mateva. Whereas the coaches who travelled along with the gymnasts to Dubai will be able to hear directly from Noha Abou Shabana the latest updates to the FIG guidelines and code of conduct.
Director and head coach of DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics, Angel Ebru Ilgaz, stated that it is a great chance for the gymnasts to come to one platform which enables them to groom their talent and to be judged based on the FIG code of conduct as well as to get feedback from the world renowned rhythmic gymnasts which will definitely help these upcoming talents. At the Gala Show, Angel added that it took many years of preparation and educating the importance of this great Olympic event as well as to have it all ready to make Dubai the hosting city of the first ever international Rhythmic Gymnastics competition in the UAE.
Noha Abou Shabana, the Vice President of FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics, during the Gala Show thanked DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics for having taken such a great step to host a phenomenal International Rhythmic Gymnastics in Dubai, UAE as well as Dubai Sports Council and all local authorities to have welcomed the gymnasts from around the world to showcase their talents.
Gymnast Melanie Dutoit from South Africa who was reigning supreme in the Year 2000 category said, “The level of competing talents at DuGym Cup was really high but it’s good as it will help to bring the best out of us as gymnasts”. One of the coaches of Cape Olympia Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, Mislue Galukhina stated “We very happy to have become part of DuGym cup, the competition level was very strong and the hosting city being Dubai left nothing stopping us from being part of this great competition and city”. Whereas Kazakhstan’s Anna Afuxenidi, who topped the 2000 A category was almost speechless to have seen and being handed over the medals by world class gymnasts Anna, Maria and Dora.
DuGym Cup, non-profit event, was founded to emphasis the vision of DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics Club which is to create awareness and interest in Rhythmic Gymnastics, one of the wonderful Olympic sporting events. Dubai being the hosting city of such an International event, had given greater motivation to gymnasts from UAE and also giving them chance to be accustomed with the best practices in rhythmic gymnastics during International competitions.
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Experts consider DUGYM CUP 2016 to be an epic in the history of United Arab Emirates
Dubai, 13 November 2016 - Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is undisputedly known for having the tallest building on this planet, the largest mall in the world, biggest man-made island, so on and so forth. But this time, DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics club is adding a new face by making Dubai the host city of UAE’s first International Rhythmic Gymnastics competition – DuGym Cup.
Officially approved by Dubai Sports Council, experts believe DuGym Cup 2016 will add a significant mark in the history of rhythmic gymnastics in the Middle East. Rhythmic Gymnastics, an Olympic event, is a symbiosis of art, aesthetic and beauty; making it a true sport being most attractive and beautiful gymnastic discipline that bursts with glamour, blurring the boundaries between sport and art.
Dubai will witness the 1st International Rhythmic Gymnastics competition, DuGym Cup 2016 on the 9th and 10th December 2016 at the Al Manara Sports Hall. Adding more colour to the first ever International Gymnastic competition in Dubai, will be the esteemed presence of Noha Abou Shabana, the Vice President of FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics (FIG - International Gymnastics Federation/ Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique).
The International Competition will be followed by the Master Class on the 11th and 12th December 2016, which will feature the performances of some of the World’s top Rhythmic Gymnasts including Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist Anna Rizatdinova from Ukraine, Dora Vass from Hungary and Maria Mateva from Bulgaria.
Director and head coach of DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics, Angel, confirmed that DuGym Cup got wide acceptance from around the world and have already got more than 200 international competitors from 22 countries registered for the first episode of the event. The countries competing for the much coveted DuGym Cup will be United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America and Uzbekistan. World renowned rhythmic gymnastics coaches are also expected to arrive in Dubai to be part of the esteemed jury who will passionately assess the competitor’s Rhythmic performances in different categories.
DuGym Cup, non-profit event, was founded to emphasis the vision of DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics which is to create awareness and interest in Rhythmic Gymnastics, one of the wonderful Olympic sporting events. Dubai being the host of such an International event, will give greater motivation to gymnasts from UAE and also gives them chance to be accustomed with the best practices in rhythmic gymnastics during International competitions.
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