World Championships 2018 Qatar

Aspire Dome will host the 2018 World Championships in October. (A good month in so far as weather is concerned.) It’s the largest indoor sport centre in the world, currently being expanded another 40%. I toured it the other day.

I’m confident Qatar will do a super job. Despite having a population of only about 2 million, the Federation is very organized, very well funded. The venue is fantastic.


The Aspire Zone Foundation, also known as Doha Sports City is a 250-hectare (2.5 square kilometers) sporting complex located in … Doha, Qatar. It was established as an international sports destination in 2003 and in the following year an educational centre for the development of sporting champions (Aspire Academy) was opened. The complex contains several sporting venues, mostly constructed in preparation for the 2006 Asian Games. …

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Aspire Academy is a sports academy based in Qatar, founded in 2004 with the goal to scout and help develop the young male Qatari athletes, whilst also providing them with secondary school education. …


Newspapers are keen to print horror stories. For example – Modern-day slavery in focus + Qatar. The goal is to sell papers not provide any kind of balanced reporting.

Foreign workers with temporary residence status make up almost 90% of the population. I doubt many of those would take you up on an offer of a free airline ticket home.

Special Needs Gymnastics

Here’s the sequel to the 2014 Grow through Movement – Special Needs VIDEO, one of my favourite edits yet from Tumbl Trak.

Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

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Tumbl Trak just posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

Thanks to Rec specialist Carrie Lennox for the links.

whither NCAA Gymnastics?

Men’s football and men’s basketball are the glamour American Collegiate sports.

What about the rest of the NCAA?

Around the Games: Day 15 - 2014 Winter Olympic GamesU.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun:

Next week, the NCAA men’s gymnastics championships will be held in Norman, Okla. Last week, the men’s swimming national championship was held in Iowa City. The week before that, the wrestling national championship was contested in St. Louis. All those sports have been impacted by changing times in college athletics – and the future is even more challenging. …

Since the early 1980s, … college men’s gymnastics programs have been cut by 75 percent. Wrestling has been cut by half. About 50 schools have dropped their men’s swimming programs. …

… men’s gymnastics isn’t the only one in trouble. Within the last few months, Chattanooga dropped its men’s track program and College of Charleston shut down its swimming programs – men’s and women’s. Bigger schools have gone before them – Washington, it’s worth noting, dropped men’s and women’s swimming when the school president was Mark Emmert, now the head of the NCAA. …

U.S. Olympic Committee ‘candidly concerned’ non-revenue college sports will be cut

(via Dave Durante)

indiegogo – La Sierra High PE

The goal is to make a documentary about an incredible PE program. To inspire schools to improve the quality of Physical Education.

In 1957 there was no PE program more impressive than the one at La Sierra High. Their results were so amazing that the program captured the attention of President John F. Kennedy, who announced his famous challenge for America to make a “Great National Effort” to become physically fit. Excitement surrounded La Sierra’s PE curriculum. Eventually over 4,000 schools across the nation followed this program.

…until PE programs were subject to budget CUTS and Kennedy’s goal for physical fitness for our children was virtually forgotten. …


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… The rate of obesity among children and adolescents in the United States has nearly tripled between the early 1980s and 2000. It has however not changed significantly between 2000 and 2006 with the most recent statistics showing a level just over 17 percent. …

related – A flood in 2014 shut down the school gym.

South African Schools competition

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Reebok CHECKLIGHT – head impact indicator

I don’t believe this is any kind of solution, but perhaps it’s a step in the right direction. Education. Awareness.

A reason for a trainer or coach to decide not to put an injured athlete back in the game.

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Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ is a device that is worn on the head during sports and fitness activities with or without a helmet. It will indicate when the device has sustained an impact above a certain threshold. The device is made up of three parts: 1) an electronic unit, 2) a skullcap and 3) a power cord to recharge the battery. Reebok CHECKLIGHT™ uses LEDs to indicate various functions of the device. The Green blinking light indicates that the unit is on and functioning. A Yellow or Red blinking light indicates that the CHECKLIGHT™ device has received a moderate (yellow) or more severe (red) impact. An Amber (dark yellow) blinking light indicates that the battery needs to be recharged.

new school Gymnastics Team

Good news for competitive school gymnastics in Georgia.

web1_Terri_Dunson_t300… the Henry County School Board that gave the county the green light to add either lacrosse or gymnastics to the roster of athletic offerings, Ola (High School), along with most of the county’s other schools, elected to add gymnastics. …

Denson said that every newly participating team from Henry County has worked out deals with private gyms

Ola’s Terri Denson is excited about Mustangs first gymnastics team