As in previous years, XIIIth European Championship Majorettes Sport (ECH) took place on the Adriatic Coast, in Crikvenica, in the City Sports Hall. The local organizer was Hrvatsko Udruženje Mažoret Timova (HUMT), Ičići, the promoter of the competition International Federation Majorettes Sport (IFMS), Prague, CZ.
This year took down an increase of 60 formations compared to the previous year and reached the number 440. On the starting lists, competitors from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and domestic from Croatia were registered. At the opening ceremony, the flags of the present states, the EU flag, as well as the ECH, HUMT and IFMS flags were carried. The competition was officially opened by Vlado Palac, the director of the competition.
The program was put together in such a way that the results could be announced after each discipline. This was welcomed with enthusiasm by the contestants because they were more likely to enjoy a stay on the Adriatic Sea.
For the four competition days, the atmosphere was very friendly in the hall, the audience applauded good performances. The entire competition was running according to the timetable, without any problems, and did not meet any aspect that could negatively affect the competition.
The jury composed of judges from Croatia, Czech Republic and Russia evaluated the contestants, the main judge was Mrs. Monika Bergerova, CZ. In numbers, none of the judges had any dominance.
AMA Opava was the largest in the number of formations, and was deservedly awarded by the IFMS Cup for the support of the development of Majorettes Sport.
Program of the XIIIth year was enriched with collective photography with the IFMS inscription, the term of taking photos was taken on the second competition day in the morning, before the start of the cadets. Due to their age in the competition, cadets are always less represented, but with the support of majorettes competing in other days, the photography has become unique and interesting.
The final ceremony, as well as the official opening, was attended by V.I.P. guests, Mr. Damir Rukavina, Mayor of the city, declared the competition as finished.
Pazardzhik, a town near Plovdiv (Bulgaria’s second largest city), was the host of VIth Grand Prix in Majorettes Sports (GP). The local organizer was the Municipal Children’s Complex. The competition was held in the days of the Sun Besparroza Festival, the Majorettes Festival. Practice has shown it to be a deliberate connection. While during the GPs competed higher performance classes formations, the festival belonged to everyone.
The competition was held in the sports hall Vasil Levski, named after the national hero, besides the marching parade, which was organized in the town center, in the street in front of the office building. The opening parade of the Majorettes with their colorful costumes and the number of competition groups was a nice trailer for the upcoming contest.
The jury was composed of Bulgarian and Czech judges. It has being evaluated according to IFMS rules. For the Czech judges, such a rating is a matter of course, while for the Bulgarian judges is such rating still a new one. The going through of the training course organized in the previous two years was a good investment, and Bulgarian judges are well on the way to become members of IFMS judges.
Competitors’ performances were different such the ones as in any other competition, but important is what individuals and whole groups will take from their performances comparisons and how they will work with acquired knowledge. The audience that watched the contest were appreciating by amazement and applause the performances they liked, regardless of whether it was an own competitor or a foreign one. The audience was making complete not just the competitive atmosphere, but especially in such instant way during the performance of the competition sets, they appreciated demanding and well-done elements, which is motivating for the competitors. The Czech expedition has admired by opponents the performances with the fringe (pom), especially with the senior members of the local group Mystery. The competition formations were awarded not only with medals, but also with the advancement to the European and World Championship. Formations that had already been awarded with the advancement from the national championships have only defended their nominations.
The organizers, as an accompanying program for the majorettes with a multi-day stay, organized a discotheque in the social hall of Hotel Forum. The Bulgarian Majorettes have mastered folk rhythms and convinced the knowledge of their culture in this area. The Czech girls learned in turn their step variations. The disco with its female participants was a great gift from the organizers and certainly contributed to the knowledge of the culture of the organizing country.
“The Forum hotel board was comfortable, we did not expect such comfort. The food was continental, tasted us more than in Croatia. The competition hall was good, we liked the big grandstand. The outdoor marching parade was nice, it was a change for us. The weather turned out well, the audience was gathering around the route and it had a different atmosphere than in the hall”, said the participants of the trip: Michaela Horska, Klara Szarovska, Eliška Fojtíkova
We would like to thank once again for all the clubs that have used the offer and have been part of the Czech GP representation in Bulgaria. The President of IFMS appreciated the demands of the trip and gave all the formations the opportunity to take part in the World Championships in Prague. Congratulations.
let me give you some insights on the journey to Kyrgyzstan, the capital of this Central Asian Republic, Bishkek. The prior born ones, they still remember that the capital was named Frunze, after the revolutionary and the Soviet politician. The original name was returned to the city in 1991. It is a relatively young city, lined with mountains, it was founded in 1825. It is built in the style of socialist realism, we find here the local variation on Big Ben, in the square in front of the museum there is a statue of freedom, under the giant flag take turns the guard, there is also the American University for Central Asia. The name of the city means “place under mountains” and has about 1 million inhabitants, the official languages are two, Kyrgyz and Russian are spoken here.
On the first day after the arrival, on Friday, the seminar was held at the school gymnasium – “masterclass”. During an interview with the headmaster, I found out that the school had 2,400 pupils, going to school 6 days a week, but this is balanced by summer holidays of 3 months. There were 80 applicants registered to the masterclass, in fact more than a hundred candidates came to the hall. Leading such a number of people is exhausting for the lecturer even though there was sound system, including the microphone. The training time was stretched at the wish of the children to practice the common composition “Hooray majorettes”. This composition was performed by the contestants on Sunday after the competition ending, for the first time in Asia. For us, there was an unusual number of boys, both in training and in competition, forming whole groups.
The Saturday Summit of New Sports, held in the congress hall of the Hotel Imperial, was based on a presentation of representatives of individual sports and countries. The hall had a congressional seat arrangement, a screen area and a high-quality sound system, and there was spoken predominantly Russian.
The competition itself took place in the modern sports hall of Gazprom. The local organizer was Oksana Polianichko, President of the Federation of Majorettes Sport and Baton Twirling. The performances of the contestants were different, the tradition of Majorettes Sport is in Asia far from as wide as in Europe. The success of the championship is that the Championship was held, that there is interest in Majorettes Sport and that it brings together children from different countries and continents with different cultures and religions.
Traveling to the center of the Asian continent is not a cheap thing for us, but the support and spread of Majorettes Sport through practical demonstrations and personal participation is necessary for further development. Each of our “missions” is an investment and contribution for the future. I strongly hope that our journey was not useless, that it will help us in the next practice and the adoption of the rules and that we will soon see the results on the gymnasts. We took place the “mission” to Asia already two years ago, then to Kazakhstan, the capital of Almata. However, we did not meet with the participantsofseminarat that time in the Bichkeek Championship.
In the congress hall of the Imperial Hotel, in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018, the first summit for new sports in Asia:
Majorettes sport (sporting majorettes)
In the Summit Program, delegates presented the content and focus of their organizations that guaranteeing the new sports.
International Federation Majorettes Sport (IFMS) delegation, Mr. Josef Doležel, president, Marta Pavelková, vice president and Monika Bergerová, member of the committee, presented the video of ČT Sport from the 5th World Championship, the Broadcasting of Winners from Mr. Ondřej Veselý and the IFMS Rules with video demonstrations.
IFMS also handed over with commemorative items that have been gladly accepted of the delegatesand perhaps contributed to the promotion of Majorette Sports
The summit was organized and led by Oksana Poljaničko, President of the Asian Federation of Sports Majorettes and Twirling Baton.
The seminar on the basics of majorettes sport for coaches and mahjorettes took place on Friday, April 20, 2018, at the school gym (the school has 2,400 pupils). The gym was overcrowded, but it happens at the first seminars; trainers and children want to get acquainted with this sport. The original 80 participants nearly doubled and participants wanted to learn everything, including choreographing exercises. Although the gym had got partially sound system, but with a large number of children work management very demanding for lector. The resulting effect may not meet the expectations, the children quickly forget and teaching is not easy. A more effective seminar is only for coaches, who then repeatedly lead children to the correct execution of the elements and cultivate their expression. The coaches present were very interested in each part of the seminar. But beware, the number of boys was unusual…
The Seminar for Polish Trainers and Majorettes held on 18 March in Opole was very well prepared. Working with a smaller group of girls is more effective. A nice surprise also contributed to the fact that all the girls were well prepared and tried to get the most out of it. The effect in front of the practical part was the theoretical training, which was led by the chief judge of ČFMS, the expert on rules, Monika Bergerová.
Mrs. Berger used the lessons learned from the trainings abroad. The theoretical part was attended not only by girls, coaches and some of the Polish judges, but also by the president of Poland’s majorettes Stanislaw Rewienski. The Polish Majorettes are at a very good level,
both in terms of movement and in the work with equipement. Choreographies and performances of some of the groups can will be very
good competition in international comparison. I am happy to help to better performance and interested in the activities about the Majorettes. I believe we will see you at the World Championship in Prague.
On Thursday, he was being launched a seminar for supporters majorettes sport near Moscow, for 50 majorettes aged 4 to 16 and their coaches.
The first three-hour lesson was a with the equipment baton,this is favorite discipline for children. For all ages, it was necessary to show all the elements in the simpler and more difficult
For the smallest children, this exercises was long and children was tired.
Therefore on the end lection was training only the older girls. So we took advantage of the more complex combinations with music
The ignite children for this sport really delighted me and I hope that it will hold them all the time.
Ministry of Education Youth and Sports awarded the auspices of VI. World Championshop Majorettes Sport
Mr. Ing. Pavel Kaňka, Director of the Sports Department of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, said o V. vintage WCH: The Majorettes have a great tradition in our country, and Ministry support sports and children’s sports, majorettes are an example of moving children. I was pleased with the level of majorettes sport and the successes of the Czech majorettes and majorettes from abroad…