A feast of gymnastics entertainment and artistry will be on display at the African Level 16, Junior Gymnastics Championship at the High Performance Center in Pretoria South Africa and Nigeria is being represented by 17 gymnastics athletes led by Coach Tony Asuquo the first and only gymnastics coach in Nigeria to be certified by the world gymnastics body,
The one week championship is scheduled to begin on the 22nd of July in South Africa with the nation’s national junior gymnastics team already in the land of the Rainbow hoping to make the country proud.
Nigeria would be contending for medals against top gymnasts from across the continent of Africa in the various gymnastics disciplines of Aerobic Gymnastics; Rhythmic Gymnastics; Trampoline; Double Mini Trampoline and Tumbling. Level 1- 5 Aerobic gymnastics will start this Friday, while higher lever Rhythmic Gymnastics is slated for Saturday.
As at the time of filling this report, Team Nigeria gymnastics are training hard to perfect their skills for a great podium finish at the prestigious African gymnastics championship.
Tony Asuquo takes his competitive team to the tourney with high hope of winning laurels for the country despite no sponsorship coming from the nation’s sports ministry and the Nigeria gymnastics federation.
“Nigerian should pray for us and support us as we forge ahead to make the nation proud, the lads are in great shape and we intend to come back with medals”.
“ Government should invest in gymnastics, this is the sure way of taking kids off the streets, gymnastics alone can fetch the nation 22 medals in a single competition so government should look at that direction” Coach Tony Asuquo stated.
Team Nigeria gymnastics contingent to the African Junior Level 16 championship consist of the following gymnastics athletes.
Azeemah Shehu – 9 years old and competing at level 5
Daniella Uzuegbu – 10 years old and competing at level 5
Adannaya Nzerem – 13 years old and competing at level 5
Arianna Gbemudo – 8 years old and competing at level 5
Withney Confie Spiff -10 years and competing at level 5
Tara D. – 8 years and competing at level 5
Prince Oluwaseun Adeoye – 20 and competing at level 8
Emeka Ekezie – 16 years and competing at level 6
Hariz Shehu – 8 years and competing at level 5
Adi Asaad – 7 years and competing at level 1
Osemota Gabrielle -12 years and competing at level 2
Osemota Daniella – 10 years and competing at level 1
Ajayi Odelia – 8 years and competing at level 2
Osemota Amaka – 7 years and competing at level 1
Aghogho Efeoghene – 11 years and competing at level 1
Ekpe Heneh Joan – 7 years and competing at level 1
Okinbobore patience – 21 years and competing at level 4