Fans of Canadian Gymnastics

Just in time for the 2016 Canadian Championships, we’re announcing a new public Facebook page called Fans of Canadian Gymnastics.

Since it’s a public group many young gymnasts will be checking it out. Therefore we ask you keep the comments and posts family friendly. 🙂

“Don’t say anything in this group that you wouldn’t say to the gymnast, their families or coaches”

Here are the guidelines.

New Quad, New Rules

Justine Kelly on FloGymnastics put together a series of posts on changes in the 2017-2020 Code of Points:

• 2017-2020 Code of Points – Part 1

• 2017-2020 Code of Points – Vault & Bars

•  2017-2020 Code – Beam & Floor

Beam should have more variety next cycle as many skills have been raised in difficulty.

Don’t count on all those changes surviving, however. A new President is coming in. I’ll be surprised if this is the final draft.


Kristian Thomas on Zika

Olympic bronze medallist gymnast Kristian Thomas told BBC Sport: “We were over there in February for a training camp and we followed all the advice from the doctors, the BOA (British Olympic Association) and British Gymnastics and we were all fine.

“I think we’ve just got to make sure we’re on top of this and following the guidelines, make sure we’re protecting ourselves and each other …”

Rio Olympics 2016: Djokovic says cancellation unthinkable


I was in Rio for 17 days in April and saw only 3 mosquitos. There will be fewer during the Olympics.

The risk of Zika infection is far lower than the risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident on the way to the Olympic venue.

Guatemala Age Group camp

This camp, hosted in Guatemala City, was unique in that it was the first one that combined an Olympic Solidarity technical course with the full content and focus of the FIG Age Group Programme for Artistic Gymnastics. Indeed, the entire development and world-wide dissemination of the age group programmes has been subsidised annually by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). …

Guatemala has had a surge of interest in Gymnastics with the success of 2012 and 2016 Olympian Ana Sofía Gómez. …


physical ability testing

Myself and José Súcart were the experts for this one. We both agreed it was as good as any of the 5 day camps we’ve led.

The quality and variety of demonstrators at the Camp was a highlight. Some gymnasts are resident at the Gym, doing their schooling upstairs between training sessions.


Jorge Vega Lopez, Floor gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games, participated as a demonstrator. He was one of the first gymnasts to join the residential school.

Considering they have only 8-9 clubs in the entire nation, Guatemala is doing great things. Beam is particularly strong.


Jr Men’s European Apparatus Champions

1 REGINI-MORAN Giarnni GBR 6.000 9.166 15.166
2 MAKOLOV Andrei RUS 5.600 9.100 14.700
3 BONCSER Krisztian HUN 5.800 8.866 14.666

1 NAIDIN Sergei RUS 5.800 8.866 14.666
2 McCLENAGHAN Rhys IRL 5.900 8.666 14.566
3 FRASER Joe GBR 5.700 8.633 14.333

1 KLESSING Nick GER 5.500 8.858 14.358
2 AVETISYAN Artur ARM 5.200 9.100 14.300
3 IUSKAEV Ildar RUS 5.300 8.900 14.200

1 MAKOLOV Andrei RUS 6 14.983
2 REGINI-MORAN Giarnni GBR 14.966
3 IVANOV Maksym UKR 14.824

P Bars
1 FRASER Joe GBR 5.600 9.133 14.733
2 REGINI-MORAN Giarnni GBR 5.800 8.800 14.600
3 YERMAKOV Eduard UKR 5.800 8.766 14.566

H Bar
1 MAKOLOV Andrei RUS 5.300 8.666 13.966
2 KRATTER Moreno SUI 5.700 8.233 13.933
2 FRASER Joe GBR 5.200 8.733 13.933

Men’s European Apparatus Champions

1. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 15.566
2. Marian Dragulescu (ROU) 15.333
3. Alexander Shatilov (ISR) 15.300

1. Harutyun Merdinyan (ARM) 15.366
2. David Belyavskiy (RUS) 15.233
3. Christian Baumann (SUI) 14.900

4. Louis Smith (GBR) 14.733

1. Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) 15.866
2. Vahagn Davtyan (ARM); Denis Ablyazin (RUS) 15.633

1. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) (15.366, 15.433) 15.399
2. Artur Davtyan (ARM) (15.400, 15.233); Marian Dragulescu (ROU) (15.433, 15.200) 15.316

P Bars
1. David Belavskiy (RUS) 16.033
2. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 15.716
3. Marcel Nguyen (GER) 15.566

H Bar
1. Nile Wilson (GBR) 15.300
2. Kristian Thomas (GBR) 15.000
3. David Belyavskiy (RUS) 14.941

full results

That would be the Longines Prize. 🙂 Stupid auto-correct.

Simone Biles – backward handspring

Long. Resulting in a sharp attack angle.

But is as so often the case, it’s not necessarily the target technique for every gymnast.

Personally I like beginners to do long, low backward handspring series. Later change the technique to whatever works best for each tumbling line.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.