From: Shenzhen Daily | Updated: 2019-07-11
Recently, Yantian Children’s Gymnastics Team, consisting of 90 athletes or so from Yantian Jiguan Kindergarten, stood out among its opponents representing districts across the city to win the first prize at the “Sports Lottery Cup” Children’s Gymnastics Championships with a total score of 724. They also took home 15 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 12 bronze medals.
Contestants were divided into four age groups, from four to seven years old, to compete in six events for the boy's group and four events for girl's. After the two-day competition, the team had swept the six-year-old girl's group, won the gold medal in the all-round championship, and grabbed a bronze in the six-year-old all-round boy's competition. Additionally, nine of their gymnasts won the Sportsmanship Awards. Huang Min, a teacher from the Jiguan kindergarten, was awarded as the “Best Coach.”
Since the kindergarten’s gymnastics team was set up in 2015, it has competed in a number of tournaments, including the Shenzhen “Sports Lottery Cup” Children’s Gymnastics Championships in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, the City Games 2016, and Shenzhen Gymnastics Reserve Talent Selection Competition in 2017. Up to now, the team has won 40 gold medals, 41 silver medals and 37 bronze medals. A staff with the kindergarten said that the team will continue to work hard to achieve more in the City Games 2020.
To promote children’s mental and physical development, the kindergarten launched a special training program called “Happy Gymnastics,” which is accessible to all of the kids in the kindergarten. The program adopts a rotating class schedule so that kids can go to different venues to practice floor exercises and use various gymnastic apparatus, such as the balance beam, springboard, rings, parallel bars, horizontal bars and trampolines. The kindergarten also organizes regular specialized trainings to help the teachers improve their professionalism and continue to innovate the program.