News and views from Cathy and Jim
Without them the 14th edition of Gymnaestrada wouldn’t have the same flavor. Brother and sister, Jim and Cathy are excited to welcome the thousands of gymnasts to Lausanne and to help them discover the treasures of the city.
Their names are Cathy and Jim, they are 25 years old, brother and sister, and they love to strike a pose. Since they were chosen to be the mascots of Gymnaestrada, they’ve only been waiting for one thing, for the show to start! According to a legend, the benevolent spirits of the city gave rise to these two rowdy characters. Their names come from cathedral for Cathy and gymnastics for Jim. The points of Cathy’s cap remind us of the belfries of the monument, and that of Jim’s represents an arrow. Full of energy, the two acolytes are constantly on the move. It is on the roof of the Olympic Stadium of the Pontaise that one finds these two rascals, in a hurry to find an impregnable point of view of the city of Lausanne
“The more the merrier”
To answer the question to know why they are two, Cathy speaks: “Because as two, we have more fun! Moreover, if you check out our video game on the website, you will see that we are super nimble and that we make somersaults.” Further interrogation relates to the capacity of the two friends to resist heat. Here, it is Jim who undertakes clearing up the situation: “Our parents did everything right you know. We have cooling in the waistcoat and a small ventilator under our hats. Classy no?” Vis-a-vis the pack of gymnasts which will parade throughout Lausanne, you should think Cathy and Jim might have the jitters. Not at all. Quite the contrary. “The more the merrier”, explains Cathy, victim now and then of small accesses of madness, if you believe her brother. If the public proves to be a little too turbulent, Jim knows how to handle himself adding that he is not there to cause trouble, but to have fun and party with the people.
Only one marching order: Party Hearty
Cathy is very proud of her “Manga Superhero Look”. How she loves to embroider announcing that her Facebook Group has 2300 fans. From his point of view, Jim prefers physical activities going tobogganing. Where the brother and sister come together is when it comes to having a good time. “We love the Place de la Navigation in Ouchy” they sing in chorus. “There are so many great things to do. In fact we love a great “happening”, but what’s more important is that it jumps!” Sporting fans, the two are avid supporters of the regional sports clubs. “We went to see Lausanne Hockey Club at Malley and Lausanne Sports at the Pontaise” continues Jim, “the players are really great and they lent us their playing field”.
When it’s all over, Cathy and Jim don’t really know what they will do. “Perhaps we will go visit Helsinki” says Cathy, “because in 2015, that is where we will find all the gymnasts.
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