Scotland’s first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal winning gymnast, Steve Frew, joined members of Sapphire Gymnastics Club to launch ticket sales for next month’s Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics event at the £113million Emirates Arena.
Frew won gold in the men’s rings in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and represented Scotland and Great Britain at over 100 events including two World Championships and five Commonwealth Games during an incredible career spanning 23-years.
The Falkirk born star is now an athlete mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport Programme and regularly visits schools and sports clubs across the country to work with young people. He was joined at today’s ticket launch by members of the Maryhill based Sapphire Gymnastics Club.
World champion Max Whitlock is leading a star studded line up for the 2016 Glasgow Cup (Saturday 12 March), with five-time Commonwealth Games champion and world bronze medallist Claudia Fragapane and World Championships silver medal winner Daniel Purvis also set to compete.
This Glasgow World Cup is one the final chances to see the heroes of Glasgow’s World Championships back in action just a few months before they head to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
And Frew can’t wait to see some of the world’s best gymnasts in action again in Glasgow, just five months after the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro.
Steve Frew said: "Glasgow and its people are once again on the World Gymnastics stage for what will be a spectacular showcase of the world's best gymnasts right here in the city.
"Glasgow is a world-class gymnastics city and the world’s best gymnasts can expect a warm welcome from the people of Glasgow. I’m sure they will enjoy the magic of the gymnastics.
"I am delighted to join the next generation from Sapphire Gymnastics Club as we look forward to what promises be a fantastic showcase of the world’s best gymnasts in Glasgow."
World champion Max Whitlock said: “Competing in Glasgow has always been very special to me and the World Championships last year was incredible and historic not just for me but for the whole British team.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in the city and starting 2016 positively. Everyone knows how huge this year is and the World Cup is a perfect event to test myself against a really good field of international gymnasts – I can’t wait.”
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham OBE, said: “Excitement is building ahead of the World Cup with some of the biggest names in gymnastics set to go for gold at the Emirates Arena.
“It is shaping up to be the best World Cup in years with a host of stars, including newly crowned world champion Max Whitlock, set to take to compete as part of their final preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland proved it was the perfect stage for gymnastics events in 2015 by staging a best-ever World Gymnastics Championships, and we are delighted many of the sport’s biggest names have chosen to return for the Glasgow World Cup in March.
“Max Whitlock, Dan Purvis and Claudia Fragapane have each enjoyed some of the finest moments of their respective careers in Scotland, and we hope that they can continue in that vein during this critical qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”
Simon Morton, Director of Major Events at UK Sport, said: “The award-winning World Gymnastics Championships in 2015 raised the bar for the sport with brilliant performances, a passionate crowd and state-of the-art presentation.
“It’s fantastic we can now build on that success with the Glasgow World Cup forming part of our National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio campaign to bring world class sport to the UK and give GB athletes the opportunity to fine tune their preparations for Rio 2016 in front of a home crowd.”
Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics is delivered in partnership between British Gymnastics and Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council with funding support from EventScotland and National Lottery investment from UK Sport.
Also competing at the Glasgow World Cup are 2014 world champion Mykayla Skinner (USA), 2015 European Championships bars champion Maria Kharenkova (RUS) and the 2013 European all-around champion and 2015 silver medallist David Bekyavskiy (RUS).
The Glasgow World Cup is the second of three events in the International Gymnastics Federations 2015/16 Cup Series following the American Cup and to be followed by the Stuttgart World Cup. The competition sees the world best gymnast invited to compete in the ‘all-around’ format with six apparatus for the men and four for the women.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.glasgowworldcup.com to book or phone the box office on 0141 353 8000. The event has sold-out every year since 2012, with early booking recommended.