I attended the 12th African Championships to gain better perspective on the potential of FIG gymnastics disciplines in Africa.
I’ve led coaching clinics in Senegal, Nigeria, Mozambique and South Africa and need a better answer to this question:
Bread, not circuses?
Should international sport truly be a priority for African nations?
Shouldn’t resources be spent on health and education?
South Africa and Egypt have proved they can compete with the rest of the world. The Algerian men are world class, too. What about the other African nations?
I’m not willing to deny any African the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
If sport is your passion, I’m willing to volunteer to help.
My hope is that sport and arts can bring the nations, religions and tribes of Africa together. Indeed, I cannot report a single incident of racism at this competition. Athletes were judged only on their gymnastics, so far as I can see.
Gymnastics in Africa!
In 1986 a football team that lived on a small island in Thailand called “Koh Panyee“. It’s a floating village in the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn’t let that stop them. …
Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts. After making it to the Semi-final on an inland tournament, all the village were inspired to take up the sport. They Built a brand new pitch, although the wooden one still remains and is popular among tourists. As of 2011, Panyee FC is one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand, and the boys who built the pitch back in 1986 are now grown men.
• South African gymnasts “Hold Their Breath” awaiting decisions of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. Are their scores good enough for approval to Commonwealth Games and/or Youth Olympic Games.
Independent Gymnastics Conference GymConUSA 2014, June 16 – 18 at the Mirage, Vegas.
Speakers: Shannon Miller (Guest of Honor), Tony Retrosi, Jeff Lulla, Tammy Biggs, Frank Sahlein, Gina Pongetti, Rick McCharles, Michelle Kocan, Nate Hendrickson, Carrie Spender Lennox, Terry Gray, Dayna Waroe, Stacy Clark and Dan Niehaus
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. …
Spotting techniques for the Jaeger. Watch a preview of the fourth video of our training on this uneven bars release move. (www.gymneo.tv)
Stage 1 : The spotting technique for the Jaeger salto stretched, completely taken apart.
Stage 2 : The full spotting at normal speed.
Stage 3 : Spotting the Jaeger in hard landing, in a competition situation.
Stage 4 : What do you do when the gymnast doesn’t catch the bar?
Stage 5 : The typical spotting for hard landings.
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… 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. …
The 2nd annual GymConUSA, an independent conference designed for Coaches, Club Owners and Industry Professionals, goes June 16-18, 2014 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas.
Cirque du Soleil will offer GymConUSA 2014 attendees a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a stage visit to The Beatles LOVE on the opening day of the conference. Later that evening, attendees will have the opportunity to be part of the audience for the live performance at 9:30 p.m.
A member of the casting and coaching teams from Cirque du Soleil will also be among the featured presenters at the conference on Tuesday, June 17th. The session will include a look at preparing for a career with Cirque du Soleil and an inside perspective from an Artistic coach.
Other speakers confirmed so far include Shannon Miller, Gina Pongetti, Jeff Lulla, Rick McCharles, Tammy Biggs and Frank Salhein.
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. …
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. …
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. …