Eddie Van Hoof dismissed

Eddie Van Hoof has been dismissed today from his role as men’s Head National Coach at British Gymnastics.

Eddie was suspended from his role on 29th November 2017, pending investigation. During the process, it became clear that there are irreconcilable differences between Eddie and British Gymnastics regarding the leadership, conduct and culture of elite coaching for our sport.

… We thank Eddie for his contribution to British Gymnastics and wish him every success in the future.

British Gymnastics

Canadian Commonwealth teams


  • Zach Clay (Chilliwack, BC)
  • Rene Cournoyer (Repentigny, QC)
  • Scott Morgan (Vancouver, BC)
  • Cory Paterson (Montreal, QC)
  • Jackson Payne (Calgary, AB)


  • Ellie Black (Halifax, NS)
  • Shallon Olsen (Surrey, BC)
  • Isabela Onyshko (Brandon, MB)
  • Brittany Rogers (Calgary, AB)
  • Rose Kaying Woo (Brossard, QC)


  • Sophie Crane (Toronto, ON)
  • Katherine Uchida (Toronto, ON)
  • Carmen Whelan (Aurora, ON)

Gymnastics Canada 

Brittany Rogers

Brooklyn Moors is focused on American Cup.

Brent Klaus on USA Gymnastics

Brent and his family run International Gymnastics Camp, a sponsor of this site.

At the 2017 USA Gymnastics Congress IGC set up this display.

Now in February 2018, Brent talks about the reaction their display got last August. Particularly comments from USAG staff and Board members.

USA Gymnastics Predicament

Thanks Amanda.

Aly Raisman nude for ‘SI’ swimsuit issue

… For the shoot, the women pose completely naked, with empowering messages written across their bodies. The idea of the shoot is to prove that women are free to speak about who they truly are and want to be. …

Aly Raisman Writes ‘Survivor’ Across Her Chest for In Her Own Words

More photos.

Aly is now in Australia, speaking on the issue of sexual abuse. She’s really been our most effective advocate.

Gymnastics Canada WAG Aspire program

I really like the Gymnastics Canada WAG Aspire program for talented young gymnasts.

The Aspire Camps are great too.

You can check out the 2017-2018 ASPIRE PROGRAM MANUAL online for free, if you like.

There is one error on page 15.

Of course the path of the Centre of Gravity starts tangent to the point of release. If you let go of the Bar when the C of G reaches horizontal you’d best be doing a Geinger.

If you release with hips above horizontal as required by that Aspire graphic there’s a very good chance you’ll land on the Bar.

The video linked from page 15 is correct, however.

The Centre of Mass must be below the Bar on release. Ideally with the hips below, the feet above as in this drawing.

The gymnast could apply a force to the Bar on release to either pitch-out or pull-in the Centre of Mass. Pulling-in can result in hitting the Bar.

related – G.S. George – Tangent-Release Principle 


Canadian Juniors

With Ana Padurariu, who dominated most of the junior competitions in Canada over the past two years, now at the senior level, we came into the 2018 season thinking this year would be anyone’s game, but Emma Spence of Dynamo Gymnastics brought big upgrades into her competition in Quebec City this year, making her the new “it girl” for the junior program. …

Behind Spence, we saw Imogen Paterson in second with a 52.734, Kyra Cato in third with a 50.768, Rachael Riley in fourth with a 50.468, Ilka Juk in fifth with a 50.001, Sophia King in sixth with a 49.835 …

Spence Leads Promising Juniors at Elite Canada

Emma Spence with Dynamo coaches Victoria Moors and Denis Vachon

more photos by Alex Leask

awesome climber Maureen beck

Definitely don’t mention you are inspired by Maureen Beck. 🙂

She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

Her hilarious (inspiring) new documentary is called Stumped.

Maureen reminds me of my years training with Carol (Lefty) Johnston. Always one of the best gymnasts in the club, we regarded her as an awesome gymnast, not an awesome one-armed gymnast.

Becky Downie for Nike

LIKE this.

Sister Ellie had surgery. Looks to be out for some weeks. Will miss Commonwealth Games, I believe.

Update. Neither sister was named to the British Commonwealth Games team:

Amy Tinkler
Georgia-Mae Fenton
Claudia Fragapane
Kelly Simm
Alice Kinsella