Port Loko, Sierra Leone – The President of the Sierra Leone Gymnastics Federation (SLGF), Anna Williams, has hailed the success of the third phase of the Development of National Sports System (DNSS) rhythmic gymnastics training held in Port Loko. This initiative, conducted in collaboration with the Federation of International Gymnastique (FIG) and supported by Olympic Solidarity, focused on school-going girls, providing them with valuable exposure to rhythmic gymnastics.
According to Anna Williams, President of the Sierra Leone Gymnastics Federation, the third phase of rhythmic gymnastics training has been a resounding success, and it represents a significant step forward for the sport in Sierra Leone. “The future of rhythmic gymnastics is exceptionally promising,” she declared.
The training program aimed to introduce beginners to the basics of rhythmic gymnastics and develop their skills. Participants were taught the use of various equipment, including gloves, balls, ribbons, and hoops, along with body movements and steps. Williams highlighted the importance of expanding gymnastics across the country, especially among young girls, who can choose the discipline that suits them.
Williams also noted that the general public has shown keen interest in gymnastics, with children, teachers, headmasters, and principals expressing interest in the sport. However, the federation faces challenges related to insufficient floors and gym space for training. To address this, they are actively seeking solutions to provide proper training facilities.
The Sierra Leone Gymnastics Federation, in partnership with the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SLE), successfully concluded the third phase of the DNSS program. The program has previously been held in Freetown and Bo Town, making substantial progress in promoting rhythmic gymnastics in the country. BT/6/11/2023