In August 2023, Amsterdam is the stage for the World Gymnaestrada. It is the third time that the world’s largest recreational sports event is coming to the Netherlands. It is the largest non-competitive sports event in the world. What once started in 1953 with 14 different countries and about 5000 participants, has now grown into a festival with 55 different countries and 21000 participants. Having fun, coming together and showing what you can do. That’s what it’s about!
In this section we interview participants who share their experiences. This time Marina (53 years), Ilse (20 years) and grandmother Riet.
What is the World Gymnaestrada to you, and why do you love it?
There is nothing more beautiful than to show our collective passion to the rest of the world. Together with so many people from so many different countries, we all have 1 goal: To show everybody how proud we are of our sport. That the level doesn’t matter, and having fun is most important.
What makes you proud that the Gymnaestrada is coming to the Netherlands/Amsterdam in 2023?
To finally show the rest of the world where the Gymnaestrada was born!!! The Gymnaestrada originated in the Netherlands and spread to the rest of the world. We are pleased to be able to show what our small country is capable of.
There is nothing more beautiful than to show our collective passion to the rest of the world.
Why should everyone come to Amsterdam in 2023?
Gymnasts from the Netherlands, please come to Amsterdam! Now is your chance to show off your passion. It doesn’t matter whether you have talent or no talent, whether you are young or old, we all love the same sport and have an opportunity to do this together. There is no discrimination between ability, colour or age. Together, we live the most beautiful moments through our sport.