This Saturday will see a world first at stadium:mk.
An award winning girls gymnastic club a stones throw away from MK DONS ground, Arabian Gymnastic club, will weather permitting, make world history at 2.45pm just before kick off against Brentford, 31st march 2012.
Four gymnasts aged 18, 16, 15 and just 10 years old are to mount the full Olympic Balance beam on the pitch in front of a possible 10,000 plus crowd and show off back flips and somersaults.
No gymnast has ever done this in the world.
After doing a trial run and checking on all safety aspects it has been agreed that the gymnasts will indeed perform. They will include Bex Whatmore, 18, 15-year-old Ellie Hewitt, Hannah Bond, 16, and 10-year-old Katie Wood.
High performance coach and originator of Arabian Alan Armitage asked MK Dons if they would like a display with a difference.
He wanted to show people that there is a huge 99 per cent of gymnasts who never get anywhere near the ability of those who will represent the country at the Olympics and that it’s vital to show the girls who may not be of that level but are the fruits of society winning trophies and medals which highlights sports all over the country within communities.
He said: “We need to understand that its these everyday gymnasts that help create the champions who represent the sport at the highest level. Each and every top gymnast has started in the very same class a recreational class.
“For these four girls to perform like no other gymnasts have ever done before in the world gives the everyday gymnast that window of opportunity. If we can display on a stage this big then I hope it opens up the pathways for other sporting clubs to get involved with more illustrious sports, like Football. MK Dons have given us this opportunity and it has been grabbed, to them we are incredibly grateful indeed. I strongly believe that if more of this level gymnastics was seen then there would be even more champions for GB, we need more and more girls to get into sport.”