• Bortoleto Marco University of Campinas, Physical Education Faculty, Campinas, Brazil
  • Thomas Heinen Leipzig University, Faculty of Sport Science, Leipzig, Germany
  • Sun Jun Chung-Ang University, Physical Education Seoul, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Eliana Toledo University of Campinas, Applied Science Faculty, Limeira, Brazil
  • Laurita Schiavon University of Campinas, Physical Education Faculty, Campinas, Brazil
  • Lívia Pasqua University of Campinas, Physical Education Faculty, Campinas, Brazil
  • Mauricio Oliveira Univerity of Espirito Santo, Department of Sports, Vitoria, Brazil
  • Fernanda Menegaldo Univerity of Espirito Santo, Department of Sports, Vitoria, Brazil; University of Campinas, Physical Education Faculty, Campinas, Brazil




gymnastics for all, gymnastics festivals, motivation, non-competitive sports, sport participation


Sport participation might have very different goals, especially for non-competitive events. This study analyses the motivation of participants to join in the XV World Gymnaestrada in Helsinki in 2015, which is considered one of the largest international non-competitive gymnastics festival worldwide. Methods: The Goal Content for Exercise Questionnaire (GCEQ) was applied to 86 adults (56 female/ 30 male) and analyzed statistically. In addition, 24 short interviews were conducted and the data were analyzed by a Content Analysis. Results: “Social Affiliation” and “Skill Development” seem to be the principal motivations. Both are more important for women than for men. “Social Recognition” was also of particular relevance for the participants. Finally, the number of WG participations shows the same tendency in motivation for beginners and very experienced participants.


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How to Cite

Marco, B., Heinen, T., Jun, S., Toledo, E., Schiavon, L., Pasqua, L., Oliveira, M., & Menegaldo, F. (2019). WHAT MOTIVATES PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A NON-COMPETITIVE GYMNASTICS FESTIVAL? – A CASE STUDY OF WORLD GYMNAESTRADA . Science of Gymnastics Journal, 11(1), 15-22. https://doi.org/10.52165/sgj.11.1.15-22

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