The Pacific Alliance Championships are a bi-annual event aimed at giving non-European countries the opportunity to compete in a major international event. In 2002, Vancouver plays host to the Championships. Competition takes place May 3-5, at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.
With the increased prestige of the Championships comes an expanded competition format. For the first time, rhythmic gymnastics will be contested and junior events in each of men's, women's, and rhythmic gymnastics have been added. The competition format is 3-3-3: Three gymnasts on each team, all three competing on each apparatus, and all scores counting. The team competitions will also serve as all-around finals, and athletes will qualify to event finals, to be held on Sunday May 5.
Gymn.ca will be on-hand in Vancouver to bring you the most current information possible. Check back for regular updates during the senior men's and senior and junior women's competitions, as well as post-meet reports following the other events.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has confirmed their coverage of the event. CBC's first broadcast is set to debut May 11 at 2pm E.S.T. The broadcast will feature one hour of men's competition. CBC's second broadcast highlights the women's competition, and airs May 18 at 2pm E.S.T. Gymn.ca also plans to videotape select routines.