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Trampoline World Championships Teams

The NZ Trampoline World Age team left in the early hours this morning, bound for Odense, Denmark, to compete in the World Age Group Championships for individual and synchro trampoline, double mini trampoline and tumbling.  The World Age team will join seniors Bronwyn Dibb, Dylan Schmidt and Kierran Tuhi who are competing in the World Championships this week.
FIG have reported the World Championships event as the biggest yet, with more than 300 athletes from 41 countries registered.  With individual trampoline being the only Olympic sport at the Championships, Odense will see the first 8 country spots earned for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Competition for our Worlds Team kicks off from 9.30pm Thursday (26th) NZ time, whilst our World Age Team begin their competition from 10pm Thursday 3rd December NZ time.  Updates and results will be posted on our Facebook page.
We wish all of our athletes the best of luck in their competitions and will be cheering for you all back home.

Squad 360 Welcomes One of Australasian's Best

MAG's Squad 360 welcomes Robert Hong to their January meet at Tri Star Gymnastics.  The Sydney based coach has prepared and developed junior international athletes in Australia for the past 20 odd years, including their World Championships medal winning Prashanth Sarathy, who continues to excel at World Cup level events.  Robert is considered one of Australasia's best technicians and we are very excited to have him join us, to share his expertise at Squad 360.
We are also hoping to put on some development workshops during Robert's visit from 18th - 25th January - invites will go out once details have been confirmed.

2016 Aerobics Handbook 

The 2016 Aerobics Handbook has now been completed.  A big thank you goes out to Bronte Coluccio, Catherine Thomson, Dianne McMillan, Michael Groom and Sally Hart for all of their time and efforts in developing this important document.

Gymsports Championships Heads South

We are excited to announce that the 2016 New Zealand Gymsports Championships will be held at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.   Returning to the South Island for the first time since 2012, all 5 codes will compete under one roof from 28 September - 2 October. 
CEO Tony Compier was impressed with the world class venue during a visit to clubs earlier this year.  There are very few venues in the country that can host all 5 codes under one roof and ILT Stadium Southland not only delivers on logistical requirements, but has been extremely proactive in helping us to create the framework for another successful Championships.
"Gymnastics is exceptionally strong in the deep south and with the event following on from the Rio Olympics next year, we are extremely confident that the general public will support it as it has not been held in Invercargill before," comments ILT Stadium Southland General Manager Nigel Skelt. 
We very much look forward to working with the Southland community to create an event that they can stake some local pride in, and bringing you all a world class event in a world class venue. 

Team Black Hawks Make History in Portugal

Extreme Trampoline athletes Dylan Schmidt and Te Aroha (Kierran) Tuhi made history at the end of last month by winning New Zealand's first ever medal at a Trampoline World Cup.  The pair competed individual and synchro at the Loule World Cup in Portugal where they qualified in 6th place, before securing their silver medals in the men's synchro final, just 0.600 behind the gold medal winning French team.  This result now ranks them 6th equal in TRA World Rankings.

Both Dylan and Kierran did not achieve the results they were hoping for in their individual competitions, but have been able to connect with their mistakes and are confident that this will add value to their performances at Worlds.  Dylan is currently ranked 17th equal in TRA World Rankings. 
The Black Hawks now remain in Europe with their coach Jarrod Heriot, where they will continue to train before meeting the rest of the NZ Team in Denmark, for the 31st Trampoline World Championships at the end of this month.  We will be posting all updates during this pinnacle event on our Facebook page, including live streaming links if available.
Check out the Black Hawks medal winning finals performance below.

Linking the Pacific to the Gymnastics World

GymSports NZ is currently working with Gymnastics Australia to create an Oceania union to sit alongside other key international gymnastics federations.  The project needs to set up a minimum of three other federations in the Pacific to meet the minimum requirement of 5 federations, to form a continental union.  This has meant either introducing and setting up clubs to deliver the sport in other Pacific countries, or to further develop existing ones.  The project was started earlier this year and so far Guam, Fiji, American Samoa and the Cook Islands are in the throes of forming their national federations.  Two of these nations have already lodged applications to FIG and are awaiting response.
The FIG funded project is led by Oceania Development Manger Brooke Kneebush (Gymnastics Australia), with our very own Tas Evans on secondment.  Being part of a continental union will give us a louder voice, and increase our presence, in the international gymnastics environment.


WAG and MAG on the World Stage in Glasgow

The NZ Team have all done themselves, their clubs and country proud at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow this last week.  Being the first qualifying event for the Rio Olympics next year, the Championships saw its biggest field ever with more than 500 athletes from 87 countries registered.  If you missed the NZ Team performances, follow the FIG links below to see them:  

WAG Courtney McGregor - CSG
WAG Charlotte Sullivan - CSG
MAG Misha Koudinov - North Harbour
MAG Devy Dyson - Tri Star
MAG David Bishop - Tri Star

NZ Qualified Two Spots at the Olympic Test Event

WAG athlete Courtney McGregor from CSG has not only finished 17th in the 2 vault division at the Artistic World Championships in Glasgow, but has also qualified NZ a country spot at the Olympic Games Test Event in April next year, with her all around score of 51.932.  Fellow team mate Charlotte Sullivan, also from CSG, finished in the top 30% on beam with a score of 13.166 and finished on an all around score of 49.064.  Mackenzie Slee from CSG who made up the NZ trio was forced to withdraw from competition due to an injury sustained during training, but stayed in Glasgow to cheer on her team mates.
MAG athlete Mikhail (Misha) Koudinov from North Harbour qualified a country spot for NZ by finishing in 48th place with an all around score of 84.031.  Misha's best performance was his parallel bars routine where he finished 23rd with a score of 15.266, in a field of 235 athletes.  David Bishop from Tri Star finished with an all around score of 78.099 and Devy Dyson, also from Tri Star, finished with an all around score of 78.964.

Read more about how athletes get from Worlds to Rio...  

Help Us Shape Next Year's Nationals

We would love to hear your feedback on the 2015 National Gymsports Championships and invite all those who attended the event to complete our survey.  The results from the survey will play a key part of how next year's event will be shaped so the more feedback we can get, the better we can make the event for all involved.  The survey shouldn't take more than 5 minutes - your time would be very much appreciated.   

Please click here for the survey which closes 5pm Thursday 29th October.   

A Successful Team Effort

More than 1,300 event entries, 930 athletes and 250 officials from 16 provinces, competed across 5 gymnastics codes all under the one amazing roof that is the Trusts Arena in Henderson - an energetic and fun environment was created by all.  
Congratulations to all the athletes on their performances - more than 115 trophies and 900 medals were awarded over the 5 day event.
To all of the officials - coaches, judges, managers and chaperones: thank you for your time both pre-event and during the event, to get all of our athletes ready and looked after at the event.
A super big thank you goes out to the more than 80 volunteers (runners, announcers, music people, spotters, scorers, data enterers, marshals) who very generously donated their time to staff the event.  
The coordinators who entered all athletes and looked after all of the pre-event administration - you are awesome.  Thank you very much for your time.
And to all of the clubs who kindly donated equipment for the week - your generosity is so very much appreciated. 
Nationals may be organised by GymSports NZ, but without all the above help from the community,the event could not be a success.  An enormous heart felt thank you goes out to you all from the staff at GymSports NZ.

Sponsors Are Our Backbone
A great big thank you goes out to all of our sponsors, who have continued to help us to pull off another successful National Gymsports Championships - without the support of Bruce Pulman and HEB Construction, The Southern Trust, The Trusts Community Foundation and the Trusts Arena, we would not have been able to host you all in such an amazing venue.


Memphis Creates Her Own Odds
Bay of Plenty gymnast Memphis Lun, from Impact Gymsport Academy, achieved more than just a gold medal at the 2015 National Gymsports Championships.  After 8 years of competitive gymnastics, Memphis was diagnosed with Bertolotti's syndrome - a painful condition associated with a congenital spinal disorder that limits movement in the lumbar region of the spine.  The only apparatus where she could avoid aggravating her back was the uneven bars.

A massive thank you to all athletes, judges, coaches, volunteers and staff who contributed to another successful National Gymsports Championships.  

More than 930 athletes, 250 officials, 80 volunteers, 20 staff, 16 provinces, 5 gymnastic sports all under one roof at the Trusts Arena this week.

Check out our Facebook page for all results and photos.

It's All Go at the Trusts Arena
The 2015 National Championships is now upon us, as we prepare to host more than 900 athletes under one roof, whilst all five codes compete for their National Champion titles. Come and experience the strength, elegance, precision, passion and camaraderie that is the NZ National Championships.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are free to attend, and the 5 day pass includes access to the Saturday Super Session.
While tickets will be available to purchase on the day at the venue, we recommend you pre-purchase your tickets online to avoid queuing on the day. 

If you are unable to join us in person, opt for an online experience and like our Facebook page to receive daily updates and results.

Saturday Super Session
For the very first time, all senior international finals for the five codes will be held simultaneously on the evening of Saturday 3rd October.  This will be a rare display of New Zealand's top gymsports talent, including our high performance pathway athletes who are working towards qualification and selection to the Rio Olympics next year.

Record MAG World Cup Result

Congratulations to Mikhail (Misha) Koudinov from North Harbour who made floor finals and finished in 5th place at the World Cup in Osijek, Croatia last weekend.  This is officially NZ's best result to date at a MAG World Cup.  Misha is a high performance pathway athlete who is based in the USA.  Misha has also been selected to compete at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow at the end of the month, where he will be seeking qualification to the Rio Olympics next year.  Good luck Misha!

Icon Blings at Inaugural Awards

Held on Sunday 13th September, the inaugural Papakura Sports Awards recognised the contributions and achievements of some local gymsports stars from Icon Trampoline.  Alexa Kennedy (front left), was the winner of the Junior Sportswoman of the Year, on the strength of her two gold medals and a bronze at the Australian National Championships earlier in the year.  Jessica Thompson (front right) was a finalist for Junior Sportswoman of the Year, and Coach Janine Glover (back left) was awarded Coach of the Year,  The 3 local successes are pictured here with Sandy Bansal, category sponsor from CNS Healthcare, at the Awards which were organised by Counties Manukau Sports in conjunction with the Papakura Local Board. 

Team Black Hawks Spread Their Wings in Spain 
Dylan Schmidt and Kierran Tuhi, from Auckland's Extreme Trampoline took on more than 80 athletes in Valladolid, Spain over the weekend.  Dylan qualified through to finals and finished in 5th place.  Kierran placed 77th in preliminaries after an incomplete 2nd pass, and the pair competed synchro where they placed 12th in prelims.  FIG have announced this event as the biggest trampoline World Cup in history with more than 150 gymnasts from 26 countries in attendance.  Read more...

Saturday Super Session
For the first time, all Senior International finals for the five codes will be held simultaneously on the evening of Saturday 3rd October in what is going to be a truly magnificent display of New Zealand's gymsports talent. This is your opportunity to see our country's top international athletes including our Rio hopefuls - some of them are off to the US next year on scholarships so it could be your last chance to see them competing on home soil.

Athletes to include:
David Bishop (MAG) - bronze medalist, 2014 Commonwealth Games
Courtney McGregor (WAG) - silver medalist, Pacific Rim 2014
Charlotte Sullivan (WAG) - bronze medalist and NZ's first ever medal at a World Cup event, Portugal 2015
Dylan Schmidt (TRA) - gold medalist, Youth Olympic Games 2014

Get your tickets at Eventfinda.  The atmosphere will be electric!


Tickets On Sale Now

NZ Nationals tickets are available through Eventfinda and our Facebook page.

After Party tickets are also available only through Eventfinda until 5pm Monday 21st September.  

Upper Hutt Leader

World Famous in Upper Hutt
The Upper Hutt Leader was among the spectators at Rimutaka Gymsports competition on August 8th.  For some it was only their second ever competition - congratulations to all those who participated and to Rimutaka Gymsports for a great competition.  See the full article here.

AGM & Conference - CEO Update
It is now three and a half months since the 2015 AGM and Conference, so we thought it was time to update you on a number of topics raised during the day.  
These topics are:

  • Health and Safety
  • Equipment Standards
  • Results
  • AGM Voting
  • Health Professionals Directory
  • Website
  • Regional versus City Services

Tony's update can be found here on our website.

Dylan Schmidt on the Road to Rio

NZ Herald article 22 August 2015

David Leggat reports on Dylan's road to the Rio Olympics.  See the full NZ Herald article here.

Be Part of the Team at the National Championships


Are you interested in being part of the action, and joining the event team at the 2015 New Zealand National GymSports Championships? Become a volunteer - click HERE for more information.

Prime Minister's Dinner

NZOC Prime Minister's Dinner 5 August 2015      

On August 5 over 500 of New Zealand’s sporting community descended upon the Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland’s waterfront. This was at the invitation of Prime Minister John Key to mark one-year out from the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio, Brazil. The New Zealand Olympic Committee marked the occasion by launching their ‘Be the Inspiration’ campaign - a rallying cry to all New Zealanders to support the Team. This campaign interweaves the essence of what it means to represent New Zealand with the vibrancy, colour and culture of Rio upon whose stage this representation will be played out. 

Representing GymSports NZ at the function were Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist – David Bishop; Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics gold medallist – Dylan Schmidt; and CEO – Tony Compier. “Wow! This is where it starts to get real.” said Dylan as he rubbed shoulders with some of NZ’s Olympic greats. 

NZOC Prime Minister's Dinner 5 August 2015

David was impressed with the new campaign: “New Zealanders shouldn’t underestimate the value of their messages and best wishes. They are truly inspirational to us athletes when we are a long way from home and in need of a boost.” GymSports NZ 

CEO – Tony Compier was also conscious of the timing: “We are at a critical point where World Championship qualifiers are almost finished and athletes with their sights on Rio are preparing for a big finish to the year. This event just serves to highlight how close it is and how prestigious it would be for gymsports athletes to be part of something really special."

Photos: David Bishop, Dylan Schmidt and Tony Compier (above); David Bishop and Prime Minister John Key (below).highlight how close it is and how prestigious it would be for gym sports athletes to be part of something really special.

WAG Athletes Inspiring A Nation

NZOC Inspiration Hub

As potential Olympians, WAG gymnasts Courtney McGregor and Charlotte Sullivan from Christchurch School of Gymnastics were asked to be part of the NZ Olympic Committee 'Be the Inspiration campaign' - a digital compilation of past, present and potential Olympians sharing their stories, moments and inspiration. Check out their video HERE.
To see the full campaign, view other videos and go into the draw to win a trip to Rio, go to the Inspiration Hub HERE

School GymSports Event Once Again An Extraordinary Success

The 2015 New Zealand Secondary Schools National Championships was an incredible success, with more than 400 athletes competing across the two days of competition. We would like to thank all our wonderful volunteer, Counties Manukau Gymnastics and Youthtown for their support of the event. Results will be posted HERE in the coming week.

New Plymouth School of Gymnastics mourn passing of club stalwart

Long serving Artistic coach and club stalwart Bryan Bamber sadly passed away on Thursday 23rd July. Bryan was involved in Artistic Gymnastics and GFA for nearly 40 years and he will be sadly missed by the gymsports and New Plymouth community.

On behalf of the greater gymsports community we would like to pass on our condolences to the Bamber family and the New Plymouth School of Gymnastics.

Bryan Bamber applauds an impromptu performance at his farewell from the New Plymouth School of Gymnastics on Friday night.


Trampoline World Age Group Championships 

Please click HERE to read the memo from the Trampoline SDC regarding clarification of the qulification competitions, for the World Age Championships.

16 Ways To Overcome Psychological (Mental) Block in Gymnastics 

Virtually 70% of high level gymnasts have experienced psychological blocking – the inability to perform a skill previously performed with ease. Only a small percentage of these athletes experience blocking to the point that it disrupts their performance. Nonetheless, for those who do, the experience is devastating. Read more...

Aerobics Handbook Development

In recognition of a large body of work done earlier this year, GymSports NZ are taking the lead in the development of the 2016 AER Handbook. This will involve getting together selected 'experts' from the aerobics community to participate in a two-day workshop developing the new handbook.

We are calling for applicants to be part of a handbook development team.  Read here for more information.

Please complete the Expression of Interest form below if you would like to be considered.

Liteclub – Heating Systems


As we know Gyms can be complicated facilities to heat, because they are quite often just one large open spaces. Check out liteclubs heating system information flyer HERE for some tips and tricks for heating such a space as economically as you can. For more energy saving tips check out their website at: 

Gymnastics takes on the Breakfast One News Challenge!

Watch David Bishop of Tri Star Gymnastics Club and Bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games put the Breakfast TV1 presenters through their paces. 

Check out the video by clicking HERE

2015 NZ National GymSports Championships

GymSports NZ is pleased to confirm that the 2015 NZ National GymSports Championships will be held at The Trusts Arena in Auckland from 30 September to 4 October. Click HERE to read more.

Australian Nationals 2015 - Melbourne


Congratulations to all the athletes and officials who attended the 2015 Australian Nationals.

Please click HERE for Trampoline results

Please click HERE for Rhythmic results

Gymstuff Ltd Winter Deal For Clubs

Winter has arrived and everyone needs a boost, so get a Booster Board from Gymstuff Ltd. To make it even easier order by the end of July and receive it for the special price of $2300.00 + g.s.t. The RRP is $2800.00 + g.s.t. Read more...

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