Innovative gymnastics apps achieve global success
Former Welsh international gymnast Kris Horrigan is behind innovative apps for athletes featuring 3D technology which have achieved global success.
Start-up FB Curves has worked on the concept for 3D Gym MEN and 3D Gym WOMEN over seven years.
The fully-animated 3D video apps are designed to help gymnasts and coaches understand every gymnastic element in detail.
CEO Horrigan and ex-international French gymnast Fabien Bougas, who is company director, said the technology illustrates the accurate positions and angles of the body needed to perform the elements with an ideal technique.
They added that the apps target both elite performers and gymnasts and clubs further down the chain.
The duo worked with Olympic and world gymnasts, international coaches and judges over a seven-year period to research, build and trial the app to make it as effective as possible.
“This is a first in the gymnastics word on a global scale – no other product like this exists,” said Horrigan.
“We are really excited to help develop this sport in terms of technical support to help with accuracy on technical ability. At present we have 5,000 paying users and 125,000 downloads of the free version of the app across 100 countries over the world.
“A lot of time and research has gone into this product to ensure there was a market for it in the world of gymnastics. This will benefit gymnasts, coaches, judges, circus artists, free runners and parkour performers.
“It will also be used as an educational tool in schools, colleges and universities as technical accuracy support in the learning of and performing of gymnastic elements.”
Nile Wilson, a Commonwealth and Olympic medallist, is an ambassador for the company.
“I am so excited to be involved in the adventure with FB Curves 3D Gym. I feel what has been created is game changing for our sport and it is the future of learning,” he said.
FB Curves is affiliated with Welsh Gymnastics and the French Gymnastics Federation and is currently making plans to work with UEG (European Union of Gymnastics).