Bulgarian Olympic Champions Hold Masterclass in Singapore

Bianka Panova Academy
3 min readFeb 8, 2023
(The Diamonds’ leader, Simona Dyankova, with a Masterclass Participant)

SINGAPORE, January 7, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — December 19, 2022 marked the last day of the inaugural Singapore International Rhythmic Gymnastics Cup (SIRGC) where Olympic Champions Simona Dyankova, Madlen Radukanova, Stefani Kiryakova, Laura Traets, and Erika Zafirova shared their rhythmic gymnastics expertise with the participants of the event.

“Our young gymnasts had such an inspiring masterclass conducted by the Bulgarian Group”

— gape Rhythmic Gymnastics from Singapore

The quintet ended Russia’s 21-year Olympic streak in the All-Around category during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Their reputation certainly preceded them when they arrived, for the first time, in Singapore where delegates from 13 nations had gathered for the first-ever SIRGC, all excited to meet the Olympic Champions.

“One can only imagine the blood, sweat, and tears behind their success,” Cecilia Chia Shing Eng said, founder of D’Gymnastique Academy from Singapore, one of the many local participants at the Olympic Champions’ masterclass.

Kiryakova, in an interview with The Straits Times, said that when they were younger it was really important for them to see the great “examples” for themselves, the exemplary gymnasts who went to competitions and won medals.

(The Diamonds with the Participants from Singapore International Rhythmic Gymnastics Cup 2022)

Their turn has now arrived to be the examples themselves. The Olympic Champions acknowledge that it is a huge responsibility to inspire the next generation of rhythmic gymnasts, but they are thrilled to be the ones to do it.

For the local Singaporean gymnasts here, the masterclass was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To be able to be up close and personal to the Olympians was a highlight for them during the SIRGC event. “Our young gymnasts had such an inspiring masterclass conducted by the Bulgarian Group,” Agape Rhythmic Gymnastics from Singapore shared. Many of them prepared questions for the Olympians during a Meet-And-Greet session held on the first day of SIRGC, and even stayed behind after the Masterclass on the last day for an exclusive autograph session with the Bulgarian group. The buzz and excitement in the air was unmistakable as the young gymnasts in Singapore met their heroes for the first time.

Wanjun Gymnastics Club from Thailand also quipped that they felt “glad to meet these inspiring ladies” and thanked them for spreading the love for Rhythmic Gymnastics to the future generations.

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