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details on gymnastics death in Australia

A few more facts have been released, including the name of the gymnast who seems to have had a strong gymnastics background:

The mother of a 19-year-old gymnast who died last week in Townsville in north Queensland says there was nothing freakish about the training accident.

Michelle Maitland hit her head after a falling from the tumble track last Thursday.

She was admitted to Townsville General Hospital in a critical condition and died early on Friday.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating the death.

Her mother, Anne Maitland, says a safety mat was missing from where it would normally be and her daughter hit her head on the concrete.

Nothing freakish about fatal gymnast’s accident, mum says

Initially I feared this might be a “dumb” Adult Recreation gymnastics fall. But to me it sounds only a very sad and unfortunate accident.

We have the same problem in my gym. Reminding everyone to return safety mats to their normal location.

My condolences to the family.


I am Michelle Maitland’s mother. Thanks for condolences. Michelle was not doing anything radical at Gymnastics Townsville and had only returned to the adult class this year, not having been inside a gym centre since 2002. Yes, it would have been a good idea for Michelle to check the mats herself but was just going around a normal circuit with the group and coach. She did a layout off the tumble tramp’ and I am guessing she realised the crash mat was not there as she went over and tried to pull the somersault short so as to land on the thin mat immediatly at the end of the tramp- that would have made her feet skid forward and her head smashed into the concrete. A very basic error. No reports have been completed by WH&S or the Coroner as yet. I have advise the Gymnastics officials at a state and national level that I would expect them to install some sort of safety flooring or permenant matting in all gyms but they are waiting for the reports before taking any voluntary action. Even the rubbery material put around all playground equipment would be better than concrete I believe.

backward handspring clinic $25

An excellent special event to add to your annual calendar.

You need good coaches, though. That are able to spot beginners. Especially older Cheer tumblers.

CGA’s Back Handspring Clinic is open to all Superoo’s and Level 1 – 3 students. This is an excellent opportunity to develop strength and technique to successfully complete the “Back Handspring!”

$25.oo per gymnast

Cincinnati Gymnastics


Handspring Tear-Drop Trainer

Former American Olympic Coach Peter Korman is promoting a new product. Ideal for introducing forward and backward handspring to beginners, including older Cheer kids.

Any gymnast that learns a backward handspring without spot is near certain to re-register for the following session.

The UCS Tear Drop Trainer is specially design to properly train the athlete performing a back or front handspring.

Available in 4 sizes including an extra large model to accomodate taller athletes

$495 – $830

UCS – Handspring Tear-Drop Trainer

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It looks like a slight improvement on Norbert’s The Boulderâ„¢. To compare that product video, click here. About $650.

Rec Gymnastics – Elephant Vault

One of my favourite activities.

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These boys at Altadore Gymnastics age 4-5 are called “Mitey Mites”. They train 4hrs/wk, 10 months of the year.

The goal is general phyical (strength, flexibility) and motor (agility, balance, coordination, rhythm) fitness for all sports.

From this group kids are invited into 6hr/wk precompetitive, normally the September when they start Grade-1.

special needs fun at gymnastics

Gymnast Crossing is a blog that chronicles the day-to-day events at a gymnastics club. In this case the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics.

This unusual and charming edit was posted by the Wordsmith by Nantucket.

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Gymnast Crossing – On My Way to Wanna Be

coach fitness trainer Tanis Tzavaras

Coach Tanis Tzavaras created a Facebook page for her fitness program, TanisFit Training Systems.

official website


She also runs the Adult Gymnastic Class on Wednesday Nights out of Stampede City Gym Club in Calgary.

Fun Fitness Fundamentals

The Gymnastics Canada philosophy.

A good one.


related post: NEW Gymnastics Canada Recreation manual

CoachWayne2go – mobile gymnastics

Coach Wayne is William Wayne Evans:

A veteran coach in the world of Gymnastics, Tumbling and Cheerleading, CoachWayne has taught private lessons, camps and clinics in both the United States and Europe. Among his accolades, Coach Wayne has produced eight instructional videos; the top-selling 7-video set “Better Back Handsprings” and “Basic Handstand Position.” His “Tumbling Tips” articles are read by hundreds of thousands of students and teachers worldwide …

He and his wife, double Olympian from Slovakia, Zuzana Sekerova, have a mobile gymnastics business.


It’s called CoachWayne2go.

Check this news clip on the service.

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62-year-old gymnast Dru Troon

I met Dru in Australia. We were both competing in the Victoria State “Geriatric Gym” championships 2007.

Gymblog reports that Dru is planning to compete her first Master’s Games, Sunday Feb. 22nd in Geelong.

source – Straight to the Bar

Sounds impressive?

Gymnast, Ivan Elliot, competed at age-78.

roll another donut you …

Just testing how the new flickr videos look embedded on this site …

Adult Rec hijinx at Seattle Gymnastics Academy.

I like that cargo net over the pit.

inaugural Gym for Life Challenge

This looks potentially even more interesting than Gymnastrada.

In 2009 the first ever Gym for Life Challenge will take place during July 15-19 in Dornbirn, Austria. There is now a time constraint of five minutes for each routine. Groups are separated by age: 16 or younger, 17 or older, and mixed age groups; then sub-separated by amount of gymnasts: 20 or less, and 21 or more. The criteria for evaluation will be overall impression; entertainment value; innovation, originality, and variety; and technique (quality and skill safety). …

All Gymnastics, All the time – 2009 Preview: The Gym for Life Challenge

I’ll recommend that Cirque du Soleil attend.

Click PLAY or watch the FIG promo video on YouTube.

offer circus class at your gym

Everyone talks about this idea.

But few actually have done it.

A good starting point is budgeting for an ACRiX Circus Kit. Available from Gymnastics British Columbia for CAD$950.

The kits include the following:

– 12 Juggling Clubs
– 12 Juggling Rings
– 10 Contact Juggling Balls
– 30 Juggling Balls
– 10 Flowersticks
– 10 Diabolos
– 30 Juggling Scarves
– 1 Embroidered ACRiX Program Duffle Bag


For more information email Louise Demers, Gymnastics for All Coordinator, Gymnastics BC

ldemers AT gymnastics.bc.ca

gymnastics for OLDIES

Gymnastics for All is a wonderful concept.

However, our demanding sport is MUCH easier for youth.

An FIG event in the Canary Islands offered some interesting workshops for adults:

targeting gymnasts 50 years and older and coined the “Golden Age Gym Festival”. The festival will put to good use the existing infrastructures in Grand Canary, and will be an opportunity to profit from the expertise of local organiser Jose Télo. A diverse line-up of sporting activities has been grouped into more than 20 workshops. To name a just a few: Aqua Gym Fitness – FunHydro Bio – Fit Ball Wellness – Tai Chi Chuan for beginners and advanced – Latin Aerobics – Line Dance – Chrisrobic – Flamenco Dance – Baile Salsa – Nordic Walking. All courses will be given by highly qualified instructors. …

Traditional Festival Blume

OK. Nordic walking is not an activity that anyone would call “gymnastics”.

But this is an interesting initiative. Expanding the definition of our sport.

I hear very good things about the FIG Sport for All organization , by the way.