“We had a meeting on November 11 with the French Federation to take stock of the new season. It’s obviously a relief to have the dates on our calendar.” Coach of the GAF (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics) team within the Etche gymnique de Colomiers, Marion Etcheberry (assisted by Pauline Venouil) finally sees it more clearly.
For their second season in the Top 12 (twelve teams divided into four pools of three), the highest French level, the Columérines will attack the championship on January 23 in Rouen. Then, they will receive Saint-Etienne on February 6. Before a third match scheduled for March 13. “For 2021, we hope that the health situation will be better and that we can compete the season to the end under normal conditions. Since November 9, we have been able to resume training. We have a group of twenty girls. Only eight can be aligned at each meeting. In any case, they are all remobilized, “says Marion Etcheberry.
Duels on four apparatus
During the previous vintage, the columérin workforce, based solely on gymnasts from the club’s performance sector, had not missed its baptism of fire with success in Combs-la-Ville. Behind, the Haut-Garonnaises were logically inclined against Avoine Beaumont, one of the favorites of the competition. Ranked 9th in their pool, they should have received Dunkirk to try to stay among the elite. But the health crisis had prematurely ended the championship.
Regarding the course of the competition, the matches are played in the form of duels on four apparatus with vault, beam, uneven bars and floor.