Scottish Gymnastics improving

tumblr_nwyp7a3Mu91sklz4fo4_250 Daniel Purvis is the only Scot in the Great Britain team at the event in Glasgow this week.
Membership has grown by 13% since last year, with more than 20,000 members at 147 affiliated clubs across Scotland. …

“We’ve got the coaches but they’ve got other jobs because they can’t afford to just coach or the children can’t get out of school during the day – there’s no point in them being there if the children aren’t there.

“We’ve got the facilities but we’re sharing them with pre-school, recreational gymnasts and gymnastic parties, things like that.”

Twelve-year plan to increase World class Scottish gymnasts

I visited Dynamite Gymnastics in Glasgow. The kids are excited for a new facility currently under construction.

In fact, 40 different Scottish Gyms have facility improvement plans in the works.

BBC Gymnastics

Kohei & Epke – training philosophies

Gillette World Sport caught up with reigning World and Olympic Champion Gymnasts Kohei Uchimura & Epke Zonderland for a masterclass in gymnast training and preparation.

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Kohei will defend his AA title. But Epke is finished in Glasgow. We’ll see him at the Rio Test Meet.

end of the BIG 2 in Men’s Gymnastics?

… China, the reigning kings of the sport, had won every worlds or Olympics title since Japan’s last — a string of six consecutive at the worlds and two in the Olympics. For most of that time, the Japanese had finished second. …

Japan scored 270.818 to win here at The SSE Hydro, while Britain finished with 269.959 points for the silver, its first-ever medal at worlds. The Chinese clawed their way back from a deficit of more than six points to win bronze. …

Japan wins gold in men’s team final; Americans take fifth

I’d still say China and Japan are big favourites for Gold and Silver in Rio. GBR the favourite for the Bronze. But anything can happen in Men’s Gymnastics. And often does. Usually on Pommels.


Ollie WilliamsWhy are Britain’s gymnasts suddenly so good? (semi-centralised training regime). GB’s Trevor Low notes that the age group boys in the U.K. are awesome.

• Dave EatonThe British Gymnastics Revolution

sports prepares women for leadership

… Today, the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW released a new report analyzing how sports prepares women for leadership and boosts their career opportunities and earning power. …


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Day in the Life – Mary-Anne Monckton

An excellent edit from Mez. It reminds me of some of Nile Wilson’s videos.

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balancing school and Gymnastics

Anne Josephson posted some good tips.

gymnast reading a book


Nick Ruddock on planning

… experience is like a long drive without the need for GPS. It’s driving a route that I have driven 100’s of times before. I would be totally familiar with the surroundings, my schedule, my route etc. I can hit traffic, or even face a diversion and I will still reach my destination. Better yet, previous experience of the journey even allows me to anticipate problems, and avoid them by taking alternative roads. All the signs are in place and easy for me to read.

My inexperienced drive would have me totally reliant on the GPS. Traffic and diversions would completely throw me. I would be driving down unfamiliar territory, where I couldn’t interpret the signs or directions clearly. …

Can you see the similarities between these journeys and coaching?

Have you ever copied a baking recipe from a cook book word-for-word, yet the end product looks nothing like the photo in the book? Not even similar? Not even edible?!


TechniqueTalk is Nick’s new website.