radissonclaire posted this GIF.
(via Korbut Flip)
tumbling, tramp, diving, acrobatics, circus, cheer, dance, martial arts, X sports …
For Glasgow 2014:
Men’s Artistic Team:
Mikhail (Misha) Koudinov
Women’s Artistic Team:
The entire women’s team trains at one club, the Christchurch School of Gymnastics.
Women’s Rhythmic Team:
GYMNASTS selected for Commonwealth Games 2014:
Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins, Bianca Mann, Cameron MacKenzie, Tiaan Grobler, Siphamandla Ngcobo, Siphesihle Biyase, Grace Legote, Aimee van Rooyen, Julene van Rooyen.
Management: Ilse Laing (Manager/coach), Coaches: Tatiana Lavrentchouk-Vizer , Jesse Abraham Kitzen-Abelson
Jesse is an American import, former co-Captain of the Temple Men’s Team.
Lourdes Mohedano Sánchez de Mora, Spanish Rhythmic Olympian, demonstrates how to get people to watch the SAFETY instructions before the aircraft takes off.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
It’s a TV spot for the Spanish Olympic Sports Association.
via Humberto Martinez
… Join us at Hisense Arena at Melbourne Park from Wednesday 21 May – Sunday 1 June to witness more than 1,200 of the nation’s best gymnasts in action as they compete for the prestigious title of Australian National Champion in five Gymsports — Men’s and Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics.
While national titles will be the focus for most, Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics athletes will also be vying for selection to the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Team.
Click PLAY or watch a promo on YouTube.
May 26-31st, 2014.
I’m already packing for Nationals, once again to be hosted at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Details on the official website — gymnasticschampionships.ca
With an Olympic Trampoline Champion and a best ever WAG Olympic performance in London, you’d think things should be very upbeat in Canada.
Yet not everyone is happy in the Great White North.
Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique after extensive consultation put in a new Quadrennial Plan through to 2016.
It hasn’t been well received.
Our Men’s Program Director Jeff Thompson was let go in December as part of the restructuring, only partly replaced.
Our Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National Team Program Director, Kyna Fletcher, stepped down in February, unhappy with the direction of Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique.
Finally our CEO, Jean-Paul Caron, stepped down April 24th. Not enough people supported GCG’s 2016 Quadrennial Plan.
Everyone respects and likes JP, but in the CEO model, the CEO is ultimately accountable.
I criticized GCG’s Communication in the past and had been hopeful to see major improvement this cycle. Higher priority was to be put on Communications/Media and IT/Web. Communication has not improved significantly, unfortunately.
On the bright side, GCG Coach Education is moving in the right direction.
With JP’s departure Gymnastics Canada is going back to the drawing board. I’m hopeful we emerge stronger for all this turmoil. It’s not easy to replace a man like Jean-Paul Caron, unfortunately.
Nationals will be a good chance for people to communicate, face-to-face.
If interested in the issues, check out Hardy Fink’s Open Letter about GCG Structure. (PDF)
Hardy is currently the Canadian Men’s Judging Chairman along with his many, many other responsibilities.
May 9th we’ll learn more about how FIG World Cup meets will lead to Olympic qualification.
FIG Press Operations Officer Philippe Silacci:
“The FIG will dramatically redesign its calendar and thereby its Olympic qualifications system,” he stressed.
Silacci went on to say that the new rules will not affect the tournaments within the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, and will come into effect at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“The objective is Tokyo 2020. Indeed, such decisions will affect all the rules that govern artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics: Codes of Points and Technical Regulations,” he said.
Silacci also stressed that time will be necessary to adjust and to test all the new procedures. …
In the litigation between the FIG and the Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee stemming from an intercontinental judges course in December 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeals of the six members of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee implicated in the proceedings.
The decision, and sanctions pronounced by the FIG Disciplinary Committee on July 8, 2013 have been lifted. Additionally, the decision of the FIG Appeals Tribunal on December 10, 2013 has been nullified. The FIG has taken note of the CAS’s decision.
The disciplinary decisions of the FIG concerning the cancellation of brevets awarded at the course mentioned above, and the sanctions pronounced against the former TC President are maintained. …
FIG via email
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. …
Click PLAY or watch a reenactment on YouTube.
That was put together by Thai Military Bank.
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.
(via Jamie Ellacott)
• Angolan Youth and Sports minister, Gonçalves Muandumba, met the Rhythmic Team on return from the airport. Wants to prioritize basic training in gymnastics.
• 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.
April 7th, 2014 — Rhythmic
Though I just watched another major Rhythmic competition, I understand it about as much as I understand Cricket.
Perhaps slow motion video will help.
Enjoy this beautiful slow motion clip of last weekend’s #Rhythmic #Gymnastics World Cup in Stuttgart
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Though she only “narrowly outscored” Sara Rostom of Egypt, most felt Grace Legote from South Africa was the star of the African Rhythmic Championships.
Legote, at 21, was the eldest Rhythmic competitor. I’m predicting you’ll see her at Olympic Championships Rio.
Click PLAY or watch the making of that photo on YouTube.
FIG is rolling out the Age Group Development Programme for Rhythmic by summer 2014.
Nadya Alexandrova and Eunice Lebre are working with Hardy Fink on that.