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  1. Celebration of handstands around the world
  2. Will help improve your balance and core stability
  3. Handstands used in gymnastics, parkour, diving, yoga, dancing, cheerleading & more
  4. Show us your handstands via #HandstandDay

Live Reporting

By Alan Beck and Georgina Burkoff

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye and keep handstanding!

That's all we've got time for on the live page - it's been a privilege to see the effort people have put in today to make International Handstand Day 2017 (we reckon) the best one yet. Thank you so so much to everyone who's contributed.

We'll be doing a round-up of all the best action to go on BBC Get Inspired, so don't stop sharing and wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, have a great rest of Handstand Day!

Until next time...


Handstand Day 2017

We genuinely had no expectations of getting a handstand from the continent of Antarctica, so we left it off our map.

But a little frantic Photoshopping and hey presto - The International Handstand Day Map is properly complete!

World, we couldn't have done it without you...

Handstand Day World Map
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WAIT!!!! Antarctica!

From dawn till dusk...

Start the day with Aloha and end it with Mahalo

Valerie Munstermanโ€, Hawaii
Handstand Day 2017

Which seems most appropriate as we near the end of our live text coverage of IHD 2017

What the...?

It takes a couple of seconds for your brain to work out what happening here, but when you do, it's very funny...

Thanks to North Yorkshire Physiotherapy* for sharing and then stepping up the mark themselves:

They came, they saw and they did handstands! Good work team! #HandStandDay #Stokesley
They came, they saw and they did handstands! Good work team! #HandStandDay #Stokesley
They came, they saw and they did handstands! Good work team! #HandStandDay #Stokesley

They came, they saw and they did handstands! Good work team! #HandStandDay #Stokesley

*other physiotherapists are, of course, available!

Island hopper!

It's hard to tell where the blue sky ends and the blue sea begins in this wonderful snap from Jamaica ๐Ÿ™ƒ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

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Saved by South Africa!

We wondered for a while if we were going to get a handstand from Africa, but thankfully this one came in from Victoria...

South Africa handstand

And that's our continental map complete! โœ…

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The domino effect...

This Dutch gymnastics club are showing off their handstands in style.

Let's just hope one person doesn't topple over...! ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

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Handstands over London

Over to the capital where these two ladies stopped for a breather during their walk.

Not much of breather if you ask me!

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CBBC vs Handstands

And you won't be surprised to hear that some of the presenters at CBBC have got involved...they didn't need much arm-twisting, either!

International Handstand Day 2017 - Rhys Stephenson

It's a family affair for Rhys Stephenson and his sister in the back garden...

International Handstand Day 2017

MOTD Kickabout's Ben Shires has two generations of family joining in...

BBC Sportsworld vs Handstand

It didn't take much to convince our colleagues at BBC World Service sports desk to get involved in #HandstandDay...

International Handstand Day 2017 - BBC Sportsworld

From Judo to gymnastics

Judo superstar Euan Burton took time out of his trip to beautiful Leeds Castle in Kent, to show us his equally beautiful handstand! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

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Rum Tum Tugger gets in on the act...

You would be forgiven for thinking the cast of Cats have joined in on Handstand Day, but this is in fact the HPL Gymnastics display team giving us their best handstand version of the Mexican wave.

International Handstand Day 2017 - @HPLGymnastics

More from our women and men in blue...

Police woman performing a handstand at a police station car park

You know what they say...

A team that handstands together, stays together.

This is how the team at Flyers Trampoline in Fife celebrated #HandstandDay.

International Handstand Day 2017 - @flyerstramp

Canadian balancing acts

This next one could be a contender for picture of the day...

Niagara Falls. Wow.

Handstand Day 2017

We love the background of flags in this clip from Nicolo.

And the handstand isn't half bad either! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

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And of course, that's North America โœ…

Handstand Day World Map
BBC Sport

The housework handstander

Here is Jack brushing up (sorry) on his handstand skills.

What a multi-tasker!

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You are never too young to handstand... demonstrated by this toddler in Melbourne...

International Handstand Day 2017 - @fcgcgymnastics

And this little one back in the UK!

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Acrobat, gymnast, contortionist...

Yasmine is all three!

So we're not surprised her #HandstandDay snap is mesmerising ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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This definitely counts.


Handstand Day 2017

How's your balance?

Circus performer and balance expert Nikita Sukhanov gives us just a taste of what can be achieved on two hands (and sometimes one)...

International Handstand Day 2017

A battle with fitness and faith

Meet Ruqsana Begum - Britain's Muy Thai kickboxing world champion, and a Muslim who hid her participation in the sport for five years because she feared her family would not approve. Watch her story - part of BBC Three's '...Like a Girl' series - here.

What's this got to do with IHD2017, I hear you ask. Behold - she kindly tried out a handstand for us in her gym. Thanks, Ruqsana!

Britain's kickboxing world champion Ruqsana Begum does a handstand

Handstands on repeat

Combine trampolining with Handstand Day and what do you get? Backwards and forwards fun.

International Handstand Day 2017 - @MrsOpinionH

And speaking of hot...

It's 32ยฐC (nearly 90ยฐF) over in Israel... ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Handstand Day 2017

It's hotting up in Chile!

South America โœ…

What a way to tick off continent number four on our map!

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Handstand Day World Map
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Swimming vs Handstands

Olympic silver medallist Siobhan O'Connor has got out of the pool to show us her gymnastic skills.

International Handstand Day 2017

Skiing vs Handstands

Tip: if you are going to handstand wearing a pair of skis, tell everyone around you to duck.

International Handstand Day 2017 - @51chappie

Football vs Handstands

Looks like they both win!

Girl performing handstand while watching a local football game
Boy in football kit doing handstand

Rugby vs Handstands

Thank you to ex-Athletics champ and Scottish Gymnastics performance coach, Jamie Bowie who persuaded the Scottish Rugby team refs to celebrate with us too.

International Handstand Day 2017

You want sport vs handstands? You got it.

Drawing on handstand inspiration

A beautiful and original take on Handstand day by graphic illustrator EHs_draws.

The pleasure is all ours!

International Handstand Day 2017

From People's Cup to Handstand Day!

Here's an old friend of BBC Get Inspired - Jack Morrissey, who gave us some fab footage during the opening round of this year's FA People's Cup. Here he is taking a well-earned 'rest' in Crete.

Man performing a handstand on the beach on Crete

And that footage? Check out Chippenham Youth's brilliant team goal analysed by Dan Walker and Dean Saunders...

Keep up the good work, Jack!

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros

Hattie can do this!!!

Hattie does a handstand
Stuart Sandell

I'm welling up, here...

Max responded to Hattie's letter with a message:

And Hattie was thrilled!

And now...

When Max inspired Hattie

You want Olympic legacy? We got it right here.

The story started last year when five-year-old Hattie was inspired by Max Whitlock's efforts in Rio and wrote him a letter (below)...

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Hattie meets Max Whitlock Handstand Day
Hattie meets Max Whitlock Handstand Day

And what happened next was just brilliant...

Now here's a real heart-warmer for you. It's what Handstand Day is all about...

J'adore le handstand day!

The beautiful Lac de Pierre-Percรฉe in Northern France, iconic buildings in Paris and a particularly colourful photo from Bรฉziers. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

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Handstand Day 2017
Handstand Day 2017
Handstand Day 2017

When in Rome...

Buongiorno to our handstanders in Italy! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Handstand Day 2017
Handstand Day 2017
Handstand Day 2017

Parkour to the max

Scott Young of parkour group 3Run is taking his sport to dizzying heights....please don't try this at home folks!

International Handstand Day 2017 - Scott Young

And talking of nerve, this next video took some guts to shoot. If you don't like heights, it may well make you feel a bit odd.