Canterbury Mourns the Loss of a Family
The Canterbury gymnastics community is experiencing the tragic loss of two budding young gymnasts who died along with their parents on Monday 16th March in a fatal plane crash in Wanaka.
Brother and sister Georgie (7) and Ben (5) Macdonald were members of the GymSports New Zealand affiliated club, Christchurch School of Gymnastics. Georgie was actively involved with gymnastics at a regional competitive level and Ben was starting out in recreational classes. Both children will be sadly missed.
The Board, management, team and wider community of GymSports New Zealand extends its sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this most unfortunate tragedy.
New Zealand recently played host to a FIG (Federation International Gymnastics) Coaching Academy.
The level 2 course was held January 23-30, at the fantastic facilities at Bruce Pulman Park, Auckland. It was an exciting event, as it was the largest ever Academy held by FIG, across the largest number of disciplines; Women’s Artistic, Men’s Artistic, Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics. Internationl Experts presented the course, with participants attending from New Zealand, Singapore and Australia. The FIG Academy also doubled as the Senior Coach course for New Zealand particpants.
For reports on the FIG website, follow the links below:
For more detailed information and pictures click HERE
GymSchool 2015 was held January 24-26th at Bruce Pulman Park, home of Counties Manukau Gymnastics. For three days coaches from all around New Zealand attended intensive practical and theory coaching modules for the Junior and Junior Advanced coaching courses for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Senior Coach participants attended the FIG Academy, for which we will have a full report shortly.
We welcomed back British coach Mike Weinstock for his third trip back to New Zealand. Working alongside Mike were other presenters Pam Walters, Flaminio Oliveira, Tracey Redhead, Michele Hawke and Craig Lewis.
For the afternoon sessions, the gym space was shared with the FIG Level 2 Academy participants, which created a great hype of gymnastics activity.
International Recognition for NZ Coaches at
The Australian Gymnastics Federation (Gymnastics Australia) hosted a “three-discipline” Level 3 Academy in the capital city of Canberra on November 30 to December 7, 2014. The three disciplines of Men’s, Women’s, and Trampoline Gymnastics were held simultaneously. The theory lectures were shared by all and held at the Australian Institute for sport and the technical lectures were held in separate facilities.
A huge congratulations to Angie Dougal (TRA) and David Philips (MAG) who not only secured a coaching brevet, (which is the highest level FIG recognises as a coaching qualification), but also acheived the highest score in their disciplines. Jarrod Heriott (registered through Gymnastics Australia) also acheived a coaching Brevet (TRA).
The Academy involved an intensive seven day course with theory and practical exams. Nigel Humphreys (TRA), Alexandra Koudinova (WAG) and Svetlana Sazonova (WAG) also attended the Academy. All six coaches were recipients of a High Performance Sport New Zealand Prime Ministers Scholarship as a group appplication from GymSports NZ.
Click on the following links to see articles avaiable on the FIG website relating to the Academy :
GymSports NZ Board Announcement
The Chair of the Board, Dr Denis Mowbray is pleased to announce the confirmation of High Performance NZ support for Dylan Schmidt as a funded athlete. Please click here for further information.
“The Future of World Trampoline is Right Here”
Recent Youth Olympic Games gold medallist, Dylan Schmidt stepped up for his first international competition as a senior individual at the Trampoline World Championships in Daytona USA last night.
Dylan entered the semi finals with a new personal best score and finished in 15th place – a New Zealand best in World Open Championships. A top 16 spot will be a guaranteed Olympic place at next year's' qualifying World Champs.
As the announcer on the FIG Live site said today, "This is the future of the sport right here."
Emerging talent Kierran Tuhi performed with Dylan in the synchro pairs competition with their personal best preliminary score putting them in the history books as the first NZ male pairing to ever make a synchro final, where the pair placed 7th.
Congratulations to both Dylan and Kierran for their World Championship achievements.
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GymSports NZ is excited to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Tony Compier - please click here for the announcement.
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GYMSPORTS NEW ZEALAND is a feeder and enabler for performing arts, sport and recreation.
We are responsible for the development, promotion and governance of Gym for All (massive participation), Rhythmic and Artistic
Gymnastics, Aerobics and Trampoline sports.