Gymnastics fans are in for a treat when top mainland performers show off their skills in Hong Kong next month. The Chinese National Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships will be held at Ma On Shan Sports Centre from November 27-30, the first time Hong Kong has hosted the annual event. 'Acrobatic gymnastics requires great strength, flexibility and creativity, but because it is not included in the Olympic programme, it is not a well-known version of the sport,' said Iris Kwong Kwan Sau-ching, a member of the organising committee. 'It is a spectacular sport, and this competition is a great chance to test our athletes against the mainland's best, and an opportunity for the public to see how challenging the sport can be.' Hong Kong will enter a 25-strong team, with the youngest being eight-year-old Cheung Men-hang. The competition has attracted 160 athletes and coaches from 10 mainland provinces and is seen as an opportunity to identify talent in preparation for the 20th World Sports Acrobatic Championships. The Ma On Shan venue can accommodate up to 1,000 spectators, and with free entry, organisers are hoping for a full house. The Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, China will organise the event, with financial assistance from their mainland counterparts. It has been officially sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique. Acrobatic gymnastics is based on the sport's major disciplines - rhythmic, trampoline, artistic, general and aerobic. The acrobatic version combines choreography, agility, balance and strength, and involves pairs or groups of three or more competitors. 'It is a partner sport requiring athletes of all ages, shapes and sizes,' said Kwong. 'They all have different roles to play. It needs a few years' practise to take on the most difficult roles. Older athletes display strength and balance. Younger athletes are more flexible and agile.' The young participants are keen to show what their sport is all about. 'It's a bit like a circus performance - throwing your partner in the air and catching them,' said Sarah Fung Sau-kiu, 15. 'The marks depend on the difficulty of the moves,' said Jessica Chung Man-lai, 16. 'I hope we can perform our best, and impress the judges.'