In 2007 there was already a World Gymnaestrada taking place in Dornbirn.
The World Gymnaestrada 2007 in Dornbirn was such an incredible success for participants, organisers and the province of Vorarlberg. This success was the reason to apply again to organise the World Gymnaestrada in 2019. The decision from the World Gymnastics Federation FIG was unanimously in favour of Dornbirn as “the real spirit of the Gymnaestrada lies in Vorarlberg!”.
Happiness in Vorarlberg
As we heard during the 15th World Gymnaestrada in Helsinki that we had been successfully awarded the event, we were absolutely thrilled and delighted. There was a lot of cheering in Vorarlberg and the big news of the day was “Have you heard that in 2019 there is going to be another Gymnaestrada here!” What was so nice, we have experienced, was the volume of anticipation from so many people across the board. It is not just thrilling news for the Vorarlberg Gymnastics associations and the organisation team, but also for the whole of the Vorarlberg population.
After the confirmation to hold the event again in Dornbirn, a lot of the locals were busy looking in their cupboards for photos that they took back in 2007. A lot of friendships were made and many are still intact and in contact today.
The consequences of the last World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn are still clearly recognisable.
From the gymnastics side: more gymnastics clubs were founded and not only were there more gymnasts but the quality has really improved as well. Gymnastics has gained importance in Vorarlberg!