Hardy Fink is currently the Director of Education and Academy Programmes for FIG. He organises, amongst other things, FIG Academies, FIG Age Group Programme and Olympic Solidarity courses. All things education for 7 FIG competition disciplines – ACR, AER, MAG, PK, RG, TRA, WAG.
For some time Hardy has been asking for a transition plan to a successor. His is a massive job and not many in the world have the experience, knowledge and contacts to make it work.
Hardy has attend more World Championships & Olympics than anyone, for example. Stuttgart was his 32nd Worlds in series.
Shockingly, Hardy’s contract will not be renewed after February 29, 2020. And there’s no FIG transition plan.
Coaches around the world should be alarmed.
His office administrator in Switzerland will probably be off work on maternity leave, as well.
The only positive note is that Hardy has been asked to consult with his replacement over the next couple of years. In my opinion, that would be essential or FIG coach education opportunities will plummet.
November 21-23: 1st meeting of the working group to develop an age group programme for Aerobic Gymnastics
November 25-27: 1st meeting of the working group to develop an age group programme for Acrobatic Gymnastics
Three working groups for different Gymnastics disciplines met one-after-the-other at the magnificent new FIG headquarters to prepare the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programmes.
The development and worldwide introduction and dissemination of those programmes for the Olympic disciplines has been partially funded by the IOC. Earlier this year, President Watanabe approved funding for similar programmes to be prepared and introduced for the two non-Olympic disciplines.
All three working groups met under the leadership of Hardy Fink, the Director of FIG Education & Academy Programmes. …
… Acrobatic Gymnastics and Aerobic Gymnastics programmes are now ready to be introduced in early 2018 in three planned training seminars and camps in three geographic regions of the world …
This completion of the Age Group Development and Competition Programmes for all six disciplines has been a huge step for the FIG coach education programmes. …
Group categories of Aerobic Gymnastics (Mixed Pairs, Trios, Groups, Aerobic Dance and Aerobic Step) are the main focus of this fast-paced discipline in Wroclaw, where six teams per category will battle for four places in the final. Reigning World champions in Trio, Group, and Aerobic Dance have registered to compete, as have Mixed Pairs champions Michela Castoldi and Davide Donati (ITA), the “Romeo and Juliet” of their sport.
The app, available free for download from the iTunes and Google Play stores, has been enhanced to include sections on non-Olympic disciplines Acrobatic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics, Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline, as well as Gymnastics for All, the inclusive discipline that is the foundation of the sport.