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The 2013 Pat Wade Classic
Some of the world’s greatest acrobatic gymnasts will compete 23/24th November at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent for the inaugural Pat Wade Classic.
The event will see over 260 gymnasts from 30 clubs, both British and from overseas, competing in this most dynamic and artistic gymnastics discipline, which requires an extraordinary amount of courage and trust amongst gymnasts. Britain is a world leader in the sport with many of our medal winners fresh from competition at the 2013 European Championship returning to action on home soil.
Melanie Sanders, Chairman of the British Acrostic Technical Committee said: “This first Pat Wade Classic will include International Gymnastics Federation sanctioned events for both the 13-19 age group and seniors. Over 260 gymnasts are taking part, from 30 Clubs, highlighting the strength of the acrobatic gymnastic community. Over the course of the weekend you will have the pleasure to see many British medallists fresh from their recent successes at the World Games, European Age Group and European Championships. In addition to our home grown acrobatic talent we will have many distinguished guests who have travelled from America, Australia, Belgium, France and Russia to support this prestigious event in Pat’s honour.”
Professor Patricia Wade MBE was one of the founding members of Acrobatic Gymnastics. She devoted her entire life to sport, fostering participation, education and gymnastics in its many forms. The death of Pat left the British and International gymnastics community with a loss and a legacy equally immeasurable. Her wisdom, judgement, humour, dedication and enthusiasm gave a spirit for life to aspire to and it is this memory that the Pat Wade Classic is dedicated to.
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