Information about Praxis Gymnastics Passion Gala 2015

Club Deportivo Praxis located in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain) is hosting a gala on 6th of June.  The event will be held at the Municipal Sports Center Vecindario. This venue can host 2500 spectators. The Gala lasts 2 hours (from 19:00 to 21:00) and gymnast will perform two exhibitions and a photo shoot.

Former gymnasts Silviya Miteva (BUL) and Alina Maksimenko (UKR) are already confirmed. On the other hand, Russian twins Arina and Dina Averina are also attending this event. Ulyana Trofimova (RUS/UZB) is pending to confirm.



Alina Maksimenko (UKR)

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Alina Maksymenko’s Photosession for JetSetter


Alina Maksymenko shows off her new photosession for Ukrainian magazine, JetSetter with some other celebrities like Masha Sobko. This editorial was made to express their patriotism, how they do love their country and support their homeland. They are wearing yellow and blue clothes (Ukrainian flag colours). The project was presented in a glamorous cocktail in a luxury hotel in Kiev.

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Interview to Alina Maksymenko

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Ukrainian former rhythmic gymnastics double Olympic participant, Alina Maksymenko is one of the most admired gymnasts nowadays. Why? Her artistry, charisma and strenght made Alina one of the most popular gymnasts in the last years. She feels the emotions from the first second to the last one of her exercise.


“I think that sometimes I made silly mistakes because of my feelings, for example, throwing the apparatus as high as possible”

Alina became an Olympian in 2008 performing with the group. After Olympics, Anna Bessonova retired and Alina got a difficult challenge: being the leader of Ukrainian National team. At London Olympic Games, Maksymenko ranked 6th. Kiev World Championships in 2013 was the most important competition for Alina before she retired, where she won bronze medal with her “Fever” composition with clubs.

imageAlina Maksymenko: London 2012 Olympic Games

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Last performance for Alina

Right now Alina is helping Irina Deriugina as a coach.

– “At the beginning of the yearI had to face a very difficult task as a coach: Junior gymnasts (Valeriya Khanina or Margarita Vasylieva) needed to get into the top eight to participate in Youth Olympic Games. This was my debut as a coach. For me this was a new experience not even easier than compete”

“My debut as a coach was not easier than competing”

– “The most difficult is that, when you are on the carpet and make a mistake, you can correct the performance, you’re in control of the situation. Now, as a coach, I can only squeeze my hand with the hope that the gymnast will find a way out to continue the exercise. Unfortunately, at this moment I can not help standing behind the carpet”

– “When you’re a gymnast, everytime you go onto the carpet you get confidence. As a coach, the feeling standing outside the carpet is very different”

Alina and Valeriya Khanina


2013 Highlights

The brightest moments of this year, in pictures


Alina Maksymenko (UKR) won bronze medal at World Championships
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One of the most experienced gymnast nowadays, Carolina Rodríguez, gold medal at Mediterranean


Epic moment for Spanish group who won gold medal at World Cup Lisbon.

Bulgarian gymnast, Simona Peycheva is back to gymnastics after 5 years.


Darya Svatkovskaya (RUS) won gold medal in hoop at European Championships Vienna


Anna Rizatdinova (UKR) won All-Around at Corbeil-Essonnes World Cup


The audience (Euskalgym) giving a standing ovation to Alina Maksymenko. She will retire at the end of the year.
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Silviya Miteva announces her retirement


Team UKR won silver medal at European Championships Vienna


Fatal error for Ukrainian group during World Championships

Who is going to retire from gymnastics this year?

After World Championships that were held in Kiev, a few gymnasts decide to stop doing gymnastics.

Alina Maksymenko, from Ukraine, decided to become a coach. “After World Championships, I will help in Deriugina school as a coach” – said Alina.

“I will continue training, in fact I will compete until the end of the year.  After this, I am not very sure yet, but probably I may only compete in national competitions. I would also like to help little gymnasts to become rhythmic gymnastics stars”.



Silviya Miteva, from Bulgaria is another individual gymnasts, with a long career that decide stop doing this sport.

Silviya will be at Euskalgym Gala this year

Since 2003, Silviya competed for Bulgaria (World Championships Budapest 2003). She won bronze medal in Ribbon (Mie WC 2009, Montpellier WC 2011 and EC Vienna 2013).


Marina Fernández, former individual gymnasts from Spain and group gymnast (in 1st group since 2013) said she will retire. Marina didn’t attend to World Championships because of a technical decision of her coaches.

Anastasiya Nazarenko


Anastasiya Bliznyuk


Kseniya Dudkina

Russian group will be compounded by new gymnasts, since Olympic Champions Anastasiya Bliznyuk, Anastasia Nazarenko and capitain of the group, Kseniya Dudkina.

The team from Russia performs during the rhythmic gymnastics gro

Alina Makarenko retired after suffering from a knee injury.


Caroline Weber said goodbye to gymnastics after Vienna European Championships.

More about Caroline’s achievements:


Darya Dmitrieva, finaly won’t continue training and retires.