Rythmic Gymnastics

This page draws together rhythmic gymnastics-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics rhythmic gymnastics.  View the Rhythmic Gymnastics Fact Sheet

Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance, and apparatus manipulation. Individuals or teams of competitors (from 2 to 6 people) manipulate one or two pieces of apparatus: rope, clubs, hoop, ball, ribbon and Free (no apparatus, so called "floor routine").

Rythmic Gymnastics News and Stories

April 09, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Prince William honours Coach Jane Whetnall

By Andrea Zapata

Jane lives in Crewe with her husband Iain, son Cameron and daughter Vicky who is a Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics Great Britain Gymnastics Coach Jane Whetnall has been awarded an MBE for her services to disability sport. The Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for outstanding service to the community.View Story Special Olympics Great Britain Gymnastics Coach Jane Whetnall has been awarded an MBE for her services to disability sport. The Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for service to the community which stands out as an example to other people. Jane is a trained therapist and is the co-founder of Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts in Crewe, Cheshire. She has volunteered for Special Olympics Great Britain for over 20 years, and spends over 80 hours every week training children and adults with intellectual disabilities and offering support to their families. “I was especially thrilled that it was Prince William who presented the MBE. He talked to me about disability sport and the fact I would be taking the Great Britain Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastic team to LA 2015. He even joked that gymnastics was not really his sport because he didn’t have the flexibility. It was a wonderful occasion and it was capped of by the fact that my family were in attendance and able to be part of the whole event.”

About Andrea Zapata:I am Communications Manager at Special Olympics Great Britain
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November 27, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Nicole Scherzinger, Inspired by Athletes

By Christy White

In an interview with the UK's Metro newspaper, Nicole Scherzinger joins Special Olympics athletes Sophie Dalglish and Tom Hawkins to talk about her new role as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.View Story In an interview with the UK's Metro newspaper, Nicole Scherzinger joins Special Olympics gymnasts Sophie Dalglish and Tom Hawkins to talk about her new role as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics. ‘We’re trying to get the message out that no matter how different you are or if you have disabilities – or special abilities as I like to call them – everyone deserves the same opportunities,’ says pop star and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger of her work as a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics. Global Ambassadors are celebrities who help spread Special Olympics’ message of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Click the link below for the full story.

About Christy White:I am the Director of Global Media and Public Relations.
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September 25, 2013 | North America: Georgia

Special Olympics Georgia athlete selected athlete of the month

By Wendy Bigham

Helena Fickling, a 17- year-old Special Olympics athlete of Fayette County, Georgia, with her unforgettable personality, is the athlete of the month because of her determination and strength of character.View Story Helena Fickling, a 17- year-old Special Olympics athlete of Fayette County, with her unforgettable personality, is the athlete of the month because of her determination and strength of character. Helena first attended The Joseph Sams School, a school dedicated to the education and development of children who have intellectual and physical disabilities, but now attends White Water High School. She has been an active and enthusiastic participant earning ribbons in competitions including the softball throw, 50 yard dash and the long jump. At the statewide level, she has competed in artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, volleyball, and the equestrian competition, bringing home many ribbons and medals. She will be a part of the Fayette County bocce team at State Fall Games. Helena's other interests include skating, zumba, karaoke, dancing, and attending Camp INSPIRE! At the week-long athlete camp this year, for the first time, she conquered her fear of heights and attempted the climbing wall, dangling duo and the giant swing. We are proud of you, Helena, and look forward to seeing you soon! Editor's note: After Helena was selected, her school sent of her standing with a sign congratulating her for her award in front of the school.

About Wendy Bigham:Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia.
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May 29 - 31 2014

2014 Michigan State Summer Games

Join more than 2,600 Special Olympics athletes and 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperons, family members, volunteers and spectators at the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games. Opening Ceremonies are Thursday, May 29 with the Games running through Saturday, May 31. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, powerlifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year.
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Aaron Mills
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Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

May 30 - Jun 1 2014

Special Olympics North Carolina State Competition

Join Special Olympics North Carolina May 30th through June 1st in Raleigh and Cary for two days of state-level competition in aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and volleyball. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Various Locations in Raleigh & Cary
Various Cities, North Carolina

Jun 6 - 8 2014

2014 Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational

Please join Special Olympics California as athletes compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics. The Games will be held June 6-8, 2014 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Along with competitions, the Summer Games will feature free health screenings, a Young Athletes Demonstration, games, live music, and an athlete dance. Bring your family and friends to cheer on and support our athletes. See you there!
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University of Southern California
850 W 37th Street

Los Angeles, California

Jun 12 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster

Jul 8 - 12 2014

2014 Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making the 2014 Games the largest Canadian Games ever. It is anticipated that over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be part of the 2014 Games, in addition to over 1,000 Event volunteers, who will help to make this an outstanding and truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
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University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 11 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp

Oct 20 - 24 2014

Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics Coaches Training Seminar

Special Olympics in the Middle East - N. Africa region will host coaching training seminars for Special Olympics Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics 20-24 October in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For each sport the training seminars will cover the basics of coaching Special Olympics athletes, principles of coaching, nutrition, safety and fitness, preparing the athletes for competition, sport safety and risk management.
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October 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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