2016 KOOP CUP
For three full days gymnasts from around the world gathered at The Markham Pan Am centre to compete in the 2016 Koop Cup.
It all started back in 1951, when Evelyn Koop first introduced the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics to Canada. She had a knowledge of the sport and a dream of watching it grow.
From a woman with a dream, to a coach with a passion, Evelyn Koop certainly made her mark. 65 years later and the sport has taken off tremendously, inspiring thousands to compete and challenging athletes to blur the line between strength and grace.
Currently in its 16th year, the Koop Cup took place over a span three days and was filled with talent, inspiration, and artistic drive. With over 45 gymnasts from over 14 different countries competing for the title, it was one of the most beautiful and multicultural events Canada has seen in years.
With guests that included three time Canadian senior champion Patricia Bezzoubenko and 2016 Olympic hopeful Carmel Kallemaa of Estonia, the competitors were certainly in good (and incredibly talented) company.
Along with international competitors and performers, the Koop Cup featured national gymnasts of various levels, each of which definitely brought something incredibly captivating and unique to the table. Highlights of the event were an extremely heartfelt performance by Hungary's Dora Vass, an insatiably engaging dance by South Africa's Grace Legote, and an appearance from the Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti.
Overall, the 2016 Koop Cup was a huge success and is sure to become a national staple in Canadian sports.
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