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USA earns bronze at 2013 Gym for Life World Challenge
posted on 07/12/2013

July 12, 2013 Acaa Chattooga, a 31-person performance group from Marietta, Ga., earned a bronze medal in the large group category at the 2013 Gym for Life World Challenge in Cape Town, South Africa. Based on their performance, Chattooga was awarded one of two wild card spots to participate in the Gym for Life Gala, where the World Gym for Life Champion will be determined and awarded the 2013 Bruno Grandi Trophy. The gala is scheduled for July 13.

Chattooga has 31 participants, who range in age from 11-73. The group's routine includes live music, provide by one trumpeter and two guitarists. In the large group category, 10 groups participated and three gold, four silver and three gold places were awarded.

Group performances are evaluated on entertainment value, overall impression, innovation, originality, variety and technique (quality and skill safety) by a panel of experts. All participating groups will be awarded either a gold, silver or bronze place. Groups who receive a gold place will participate in the Gym for Life Gala.

This is the second time the World Gym for Life Challenge, an event of the International Gymnastics Federation, has been held on a world level and is a contest for performance groups of all ages and genders. The group's routine may be up to five minutes in length, incorporate any gymnastic element; with or without apparatus, and accompanied by music. The Challenge complement the FIG's World Gymnaestrada and will be held every four years in between the World Gymnaestradas.