gymnastics coach Phil Savage to Tennessee diving

Hall of fame gymnastics coach Phil Savage has joined the Tennessee diving program as a volunteer assistant coach …

Savage founded the Knoxville Gymnastics Training Center, now Premier Athletics, in 1982 and went on to lead the club to 34 consecutive state men’s titles. He coached 15 junior national champions and six national team members. …

In 2014, he was honored with the Frank Cumisky Award, USA Gymnastics highest coaching award.


We had a diving team train at our Gymnastics club for 2 years, back in the day. Physical preparation and trampoline. It was a good fit.

the future of high diving

Check this short video by Joey Zuber explaining high diving.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

As a gymnast I prefer to see athletes landing feet first rather than head first. Seems to me the risk of injury is reduced.

High diving has been designated a sport separate from regular diving by FINA. High divers have achieved speeds of descent of 96 kilometres per hour (60 mph). …

Thanks Tom.

Olympic platform diving short film

Director Brian Blum’s Blood and Water … works because it feels surprisingly authentic, especially for a student short. Starring 2016 Olympic silver medalist, Steele Johnson, it’s a film that that never seems like it’s pretending. Its portrayal of both the sport and the emotions behind it feel real, the details are precise. Even the accident that sets the film into motion is shown in clear and unsettlingly specific detail. …

Short of the Week

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. (Accident is shown early on. Intense. I’m not impressed with coach Mom.)

Tom Trapp sends us the link … but wishes it was a better film with a better title.

apparatus to simulate diving on dry land

How does it work?

  • Athlete wears a body harness that attaches to the middle of the mechanism
  • The athlete is secured tightly around the waist and close to the bar
  • The athlete completes the number of flips required for the dive
  • The athlete then holds at the vertical position and the spotter stops the wheel

Divers’ secret weapon

Click the image to see it at work with coach Joel Rodriguez at the New South Wales Institute of Sport in Australia.

Thanks Tom.

Montreal 2017 Coaching Symposium

In conjunction with World Championships 2017 an excellent acrobatic sports symposium was hosted October 5-8th.

I wish coach education was a part of Worlds every year.

Merci beaucoup Guy Lavoie, principle organizer.

CA Guy Lavoie

Three streams to choose from: Sport Science & Health, Technical workshops and Gymnastics for All. 

Over coming weeks, I’ll be posting notes from the sessions I attended.

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overcoming fear

Swedish filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson paid 67 people $30 to climb to the top of a ten meter (33 foot) high dive for the very first time all while being filmed. Would they decide to jump?


I’ve taken boys to the 10m tower in the past. All jumped. I jumped. But it is scary.

We can challenge kids similarly in the Gym jumping into the pit.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Tom Daley world 10m champion

NEWS in Diving is when the Chinese favourite does not win the Gold. Team China is incredibly dominant in this sport.

Tom Daley won the 2009 FINA World Championionship 10m at the age of 15. And he’s won it again age 23.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

He and partner Grace Reid were silver in synchro springboard, as well.

Trampoline to Diving

Gymnastics to Diving? That’s quite common.

But a former national level Trampolinist Krysta Palmer just won a medal at the World Championships.

She was a two-time NCAA All-American diver.

On Tuesday, the 25-year-old earned a bronze medal in the mixed 3-meter/10-meter team event at the FINA World Championships. Paired with David Dinsmore, the duo combined to score 395.90 points on six dives. …

The medal was the first for Team USA in the 2017 meet and the first in the event in the country’s history. …


Thank Tom Trapp for the link.