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Gymnastics in Mozambique

The Gymnastics federations of Zimbabwe and of Mozambique both hosted an FIG Follow-up and Monitoring Camp for the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programme in Artistic Gymnastics on February 28 to March 2, 2014. These were the 37th and 38th Age Group training sessions that has now had the attendance of 816 different coaches from 77 countries

Thanks go to the very active President Edmundo Ribeira who attended the camp directly after arriving from Paris and left immediately afterwards to attend the FIG Gymnastics for All Symposium in the USA. Lucinda Martins did most of the advance organizational work.

Both of these three-day camps focused primarily on practical work in the gymnasium with coaches and their gymnasts on the various technical and physical tests, the compulsory exercises and the modified optional rules. …

FIG – Zimbabwe and Mozambique simultaneously host FIG Age Group Camps

A few photos from the MOZ Camp hosted at the Faculdade de Educação Física e Desporto, Maputo.




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The kids are natural athletes. Coaches are keen. But a lack of training equipment has stalled development of the sport since some years ago when East German coaches first arrived.

Leave a comment if you have any suggestions on how to get gymnastics equipment to Africa.

Camp of Champions, Washington State

… a high energy and exciting experience for athletes from levels 3-10, introducing new skills and philosophies of training. We hope these camps will have a profound impact, not only in the short term but throughout their gymnastics careers.

July 18-19-20, 2014 Blackhills Gymnastics, Washington State $400

JOE RAPP – Head Coach, Hawaiian Island Twisters
MIKE HUNGER – Head Coach, Twin City Twisters
JAMIE DANTZSCHER – 2000 Olympian
HAJILE MITCHELL – Assistant coach MSU
NEIL & PATTY RESNICK – Boise State University Coaches
RAJ BHAVSAR – 2008 Olympian

6 hours a day of gymnastics!

Coaches’ Clinics Fri-Sat-Sun

Open to boys & girls

Contact David Pisano for more details (360) 239-6628

Lacey WA Camp

LIKE Dan Alch’s Camp of Champions Facebook page

South African MAG Age Group

The official FIG write-up on my recent RSA Camp:

… hosted in the newly upgraded National Training Centre in Pretoria on February 21-23, 2014.


The world-wide introduction of the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programme for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics has now entered its final stage. That stage is a series of about 30 Follow-up and Monitoring Camps for those countries that have committed to implementing the programme. These will be finished within the coming 15-months and then the focus will turn to a similar programme for Rhythmic Gymnastics. …

Thirteen South African coaches, among them one with USA citizenship and three with personal gymnasts attended the camp. …

read more – FIG Age Group Programme Follow-up and Monitoring Camp, Pretoria (RSA), February 21-23, 2014

Navin VISIONS Flare


Gym Momentum moves from NYC to Boston in 2014.

… OPTIONAL LEVEL GYMNASTICS for gymnasts moving into Level 6 up through 10 and Elite. BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS. …

TOPS skills and Physical Abilities will be covered with appropriate groups.

WHEN: June 26-29 2014

WHERE: Yellow Jackets Gymnastics Middleton, MA. (just outside of Boston)

Click through for details. I’m on the coaching staff again for 2014. :-)


Retrosi Camp

Cameron MacKenzie to RSA

South African men’s artistic gymnastics has received a major boost by the arrival of Cameron MacKenzie after spending 10 years in Britain …

“Cameron was a member of both the British junior and senior national teams, but decided to return to South Africa after he completed his A-Levels in classical civilisation and sociology at Oxford College,” his coach, Gerhard Ferreira, said. …

Top gymnast returns to South African roots

Click PLAY or watch an interview with Cameron on YouTube.

Though the video profile doesn’t show much, Cameron’s a strong AA gymnast. A podium contender for the upcoming African Championships 2014.

He trained at Huntingdon before returning to South Africa.

At the RSA Men’s Training Camp this past weekend.

RSA Training Camp

related – BBC – Cameron MacKenzie chases Rio 2016 spot with South Africa switch

USA Camp – Nia Dennis

USAG has once again been posting videos from the most recent Camp at Karolyi Ranch.

Click PLAY or watch Nia Dennis highlights on YouTube.

Check the front layout step-out at the 55sec mark.

Check the rest on the Inside the January Camp playlist.

(via Craig Tilley on GymFever)

British Gymnastics Camps

Join head coach Amanda Reddin and 2014 hopefuls Ellie Downie, Tyesha Mattis and Amy Tinkler for an exclusive look into their first training camp of the year. We also get a sneak peak at what the boys are up to in the build up to the busy year ahead.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Scotland could medal as a Team at Commonwealth Games.

Simone Biles improving

Winning the first Worlds of the quadrennial does not mean you’re going to be there at the Olympics 3 long years later.

Simone is still improving, however. Lots of potential to raise D scores.

Click PLAY or watch Camp video on YouTube.

(via GymCastic)

USAG Global Ambassadors

You don’t see many American coaches leading international clinics for FIG.

Happily, USA Gymnastics is reaching out to help develop the sport worldwide.

“This first year has been about learning how we can help other countries,” said Penny. “Our goal is to have meaningful impact and move their programs forward toward the elite level.”

A few of the pilot clinics:

Mihai Brestyan of Burlington, Mass., who coached two-time Olympic gold-medalist Alexandra Raisman and 10-time World medalist Alicia Sacramone, conducted clinics and met with athletes, coaches and officials in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa.

Marvin Sharp of Indianapolis, Ind., who coached 2009 World all-around champion Bridget Sloan, worked with athletes, coaches and officials in both St. David’s, Bermuda, and Panama City, Panama, on training, conditioning and technique at several different clubs.

David Juszczyk of Broomfield, Colo., who has worked with many athletes including two U.S. Olympians, visited Copenhagen, Denmark, and several other Danish cities. …

The Global Ambassador Program is a partnership between the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), AAI, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and USA Gymnastics. The goal is to provide U.S. athletes and coaches as consultants on a request basis to stimulate the growth of the sport and athlete development at many levels. …

Marvin Sharp

Marvin Sharp

USA Gymnastics extends international outreach through Global Ambassador Program

The Blob – Launching Humans

Bullfrog, Lake Powell, Utah.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

GymRep Camp has a blob. I was too scared to try it myself.

62 coaches at FIG Chile Camp

The Chile Gymnastics Federation hosted the first 2014 educational session and training camp for the introduction and understanding of the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programme.

Over the past two and one-half years, this programme has been introduced to lesser gymnastically developed regions …

Federations in attendance were Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. In addition, Mexico sent a coach to participate.

In total, sixty-two coaches attended this Age Group introduction, by far the largest attendance of any previous FIG Age Group Programme event. This brings to 767 the number of different coaches from 76 federations who have attended one of the 33 Age Group coach education events. …

read more on FIG

Chile AG Camp participants

FIG experts were Hardy Fink and Lilia Ortiz Lòpez of Mexico.

The FIG education programmes will continue with its efforts to assure that the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programme is correctly understood and implemented. These efforts will be in the form of 2½ day Follow-up and Monitoring Camps … The first such efforts will begin in February in Namibia, Bermuda, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. …

I’m attending South Africa & Mozambique.

U.S. depth

USAG – Gymnasts invited to the first US camp of the year:

Ariana Agrapides, MG Elite
Alyssa Baumann, WOGA
Simone Biles, Bannon’s
Nadia Cho, WOGA
Nia Dennis, Buckeye
Madison Desch, GAGE
Christina Desidero, Parkettes
Brenna Dowell, GAGE
Peyton Ernst, Texas Dreams
Norah Flatley, Chow’s Gymnastics
Sarah Finnegan, GAGE
Ashley Foss, North Stars Gymnastics Academy
Emily Gaskins, Cincinnati Gymnastics
Veronica Hults, Texas Dreams
Madison Kocian, WOGA
McKayla Maroney, All Olympia
Abigail Milliet, Denton
Lauren Navarro, Charter Oak
Abby Paulson, Twin City Twisters
Elizabeth Price, Parkettes
Lexie Priessman, Cincinnati Gymnastics
Melissa Reinstadtler, Rebound Gymnastics
Kyla Ross, Gym-Max
Emily Schild, Everest Gymnastics
Polina Shchennikova, TIGAR
MyKayla Skinner, Desert Lights
Ragan Smith, Texas Dreams
Deanne Soza, Arete
Olivia Trautman, Twin City Twisters
Alexis Vasquez, Chow’s Gymnastics

USA Camp

Tough to compete against that line-up.

Nigerian Team looking to train

I met coach Udeh “Benson” Chukwudi last year in Nigeria at an FIG Age Group Development Camp.

He’s looking to bring 8 gymnasts and 3 coaches to for training in North America. They represent Anambra State Gymnastics Association.

Leave a comment if you might be able to host that Team for a week at your Gym. They have travel funding.

Or you could email Benson directly jamayigym (a) gmail.com

Nigeria is a large, comparatively wealthy nation. One that could and should be much stronger at Artistic Gymnastics.