Hardy Fink leaves FIG end of February

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.

related – Dvora Meyer’s recent interview with Hardy (for subscribers)

FIG World Championships Ambassadors

The International Gymnastics Federation is pleased to announce the nine champions who will be the Gymnastics Ambassadors at its 2018 World Championships.

FIG Age Group Aerobics and Acrobatics

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

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – DECEMBER 06: The FIG-Gymnastics new building inauguration on December 6, 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/The Image Gate for FIG-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. …

Working Group meetings for Aerobic, Acrobatic and Trampoline Age Group Programmes

World Games Aerobic Gymnastics – July 21-22

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.

Want to follow Gymnastics at The World Games 2017? Check out the FIG event minisite. 

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

FIGymnastics 2.0 app

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.

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FIG’s first Parkour competition

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

It sounds like Parkour founder David Belle is on board with the the new FIG discipline.

But the British Parkour body accuses FIG of encroachment.

Personally I’ve got no problem with more obstacle course competitions. They are cool.

But I’m worried our other disciplines will feel neglected: Acrobatic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics, Power Tumbling, Double-mini, etc.

World Games 2017 in Poland

 

The World Games 2017, officially known as the X World Games, is a multi-sport event scheduled for Wroclaw, Poland from July 20 – July 30, 2017 with 27 official sports and 4 invitational sports.

The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com. …

OLYMPIC CHANNEL TO BROADCAST TWG 2017

web-STS.com

web-STS.com is edited by FIG Judge Doug Hills. Content includes the 2020 Codes of Points for a number of disciplines.

web-sts

• evaluate hundreds of videos from Worlds and Olympics
• test your knowledge of the Codes of Points
• prepare your competitive routines

Access is free for FIG Brevet Judges, a $4 USD / month subscription for everyone else.

On New Year’s Eve Doug gave me a personal tour of the site. Massive content behind quite a simple interface.

Choose a discipline. Choose an apparatus. Then click around to see all the features.

There’s no preview.  To check it out you’ll need to join via web-STS.com