Rhythmic Gymnastics

Beautiful Rhythm

Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance, and apparatus manipulation. Individuals or teams of competitors (from 2 to 6 people) manipulate one or two pieces of apparatus: rope, clubs, hoop, ball, ribbon and Free (no apparatus, so called “floor routine”).


Provincial Sport Organization: Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta
Training and Coach Resources: Special Olympics International

Rhythmic Gymnastics Events

  • Individual (Men and Women)
    • Ball, Hoop, Ribbon, Club, Rope
  • Groups (Men and Women)
    • Ball, Hoop, Ribbon, Club, Rope

Number of Competitors and Coaches

Athletes: 40

Coaches and Mission Staff: 17

Communities Competing

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Olds & District

Special Olympics Divisioning: Competitions with a Difference

In each division, the goal is to compose matches of athletes whose abilities and skills are close to one another.

Special Olympics sports competitions are based on the idea that athletes of all abilities should be given an equal chance of succeeding, whether it is a personal best or a gold medal.

Special Olympics calls this competition-level matching “divisioning.” It’s a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age and most importantly, of about the same competitive ability.

Evening out by skill level and matching for age and gender makes Special Olympics events more exciting and meaningful for the athletes and the fans watching.

Divisioning is a two-stage process. Before each competition, a time, score or skill assessment is submitted for each athlete or team. For events that are not timed or measured, such as football and badminton, there is a series of short games between athletes or teams or an assessment of each athlete or team’s ability by a committee.. The divisions are then set up based on the information on each athlete’s skill level so that each set of competitors is closely matched.

Crescent Heights High School

Crescent Heights High School