Region J Gymnastics

What Is Gymnastics?

Gymnastics combines the skills of strength, flexibility, and artistry. Competition is offered in men’s and women’s events in artistic gymnastics utilizing beams, bars, rings, vault, and floor exercise equipment.

As in all Special Olympics Illinois sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate. In gymnastics, athletes also compete in specific levels.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in gymnastics compete locally at a region-qualifying event. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state championships at the Summer Games held during June in Normal.

Gymnastics Events Offered in Illinois

Women’s Artistic Events

  • Floor exercise
  • Balance beam
  • Vault
  • Uneven parallel bars
  • All around

Men’s Artistic Events

  • Floor exercise
  • Parallel bars
  • Vault
  • High bar
  • Pommel horse
  • Rings
  • All around

Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Rope
  • Hoop
  • Ribbon
  • Ball
  • Clubs
  • All around

Competition Information

Athletes will compete in their divisions based on the rotation schedule. Divisions will be determined based on entry scores.

Facility Information

World Class offers two full floor mats to run rhythmic and artistic events at the same time. Restrooms and concession stand are on-site. Parking is in the front of the building.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please click on the button below to register to volunteer.


Individual water bottles are strongly encouraged.


Awards will be given based on place in each division and apparatus.


Bottled water and Powerade will be available.

Special Guests

Athlete Leaders from the region will be on-hand to help with key portions of the event.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


Apr 28 2024


9:00 am - 1:00 pm




World Class Gymnastics
2346 Mascoutah Ave, Belleville, IL
Steve Whitlatch


Steve Whitlatch
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