For the Closing Ceremony at the 2007 World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) decided to invite each of the five Continental Unions to prepare a large group outdoor presentation as part of the program.
For the Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) this was an exciting opportunity as several of the expected participating countries had never attended a previous World Gymaestrada and most had never prepare a large group outdoor performance.
The work began in 2004 after the conclusion of the 2003 World Gymnaestrada in
The work began with music selection, choreography and hundreds of email exchanges! Countries were assigned particular performance responsibilities and other tasks such as costume design, props, and logistics.
The final nine countries participating included Brazil (BRA), Canada (CAN), Chile (CHI), Guatemala (GUA), Honduras (HON), Mexico (MEX), Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), Venezuela (VEN), and the United States (USA) – with 640 participants!
Alcalá said, “I take to thank all countries and individuals for their participation. I congratulate them for their great effort and the work shown in the recently completed World Gymnaestrada in
For the USA Gymnastics participants in the Closing Ceremony, this was a wonderful way to end the 2007 World Gymnaestrada. The opportunity to plan, work, train, rehearse, and perform with participants from nine countries truly represented the theme of the Gymnaestrada, Come together, be one.