WAG 'Spin to Win' Open Camp

Thirty-nine Women's Artistic (WAG) National Level 7 to 10 gymnasts from Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, plus eight club coaches, three specialist coaches and one Olympian all came together from the June 24 to 27 at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

The four days consisted of 17 hours gymnastics training with the assistance of Jo Richards, Stacey Umeh and Tae Tyrell, a recovery session in the hot and cold pools, a self-massage session, and an inspirational presentation from Stephanie Magiros.

Jo took the group through an analysation session of the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, viewing the winning routines and discussing what elements to look for. The gymnasts are now the future generation of judges, ready to watch the games in Rio with a judge’s eye. 

Coaches and chaperones had tears in their eyes as the lights went on after Stephanie’s video presentation. Steph is a Winter Olympian and former gymnast – a small-statured but strong willed individual, with one of the adults saying; "I was so inspired; I wanted to get out onto the floor and train with the gymnasts.”


The gymnasts learnt the benefits of recovery and the understanding behind ‘contrasting’ – going into a hot pool then into a cold pool, and repeating. The coaches even got to have some recovery!

You knew Stacey was in town when you walked into the Gymnastics Hall at the AIS with funky music playing. Stacey took the gymnasts, and sometimes the coaches, through various warm ups, cool downs and some enjoyable and intense ballet sessions. The gymnast’s bodies were moving in positions they had never done before!

Coaches were also mentored by specialist coaches, whilst also working together and providing advice to each other – it was a truly inclusive, developmental atmosphere for coaches and athletes.


Physical testing wasn’t everyone’s favourite component of the camp, but when prizes are involved they gave it their best shot. Various physical tasks from the National Physical Testing Program were assessed and many of the coaches were pleasantly surprised of the results their athletes achieved. 

Alicia Robertson, from Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club, was the Level 7 and overall Champion, reaching a score of 92/130. Ruby Honrado from Mornington Youth Club Gymnastics was the Level 8+ Champion. Individual test champions included: 

Handstand on Beam:   Chiara Zedack (North Narrabeen Academy of Gymnastics)
Ariana Zedack (North Narrabeen Academy of Gymnastics)
Ruby Honrado (Mornington Youth Club of Gymnastics)
Amy Patrick (North Narrabeen Academy of Gymnastics)
Jessica Burns (Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club)
Alicia Robertson (Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club)
Push Ups: Hannah Clynes (Mornington Youth Club Gymnastics)
Angel Moujali (Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club)
Cast to Handstands: Macy Melrose (North Narrabeen Academy of Gymnastics)
Leg Lifts: Alicia Robertson (Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club)
Rope Climb: Hannah Clynes (Mornington Youth Club Gymnastics)
Press to Handstand on Beam: Ruby Honrado (Mornington Youth Club Gymnastics)
Lily Habel (Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club)
V-snaps: Jessica Burns (Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club)
Chin Ups: Angel Moujali (Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club)
Standing Board Jump: Matilda Gavaghan (Niddrie Gymnastics Club)

To view the camp experience in 2 minutes, please watch the video below:

 If your club would like to get involved in our Talent Pathway initiative, the next WAG Spin to Win Open Camp is from December 16 to 19, 2016.

For further information on Spin to Win, feel free to contact the National Pathways Coordinator – Spin to Win - Allyse Taylor (e) [email protected] or (t) (03) 8698 9720.