IDP Clinic focuses on the future

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Women's Artistic Gymnastics International Development Program (IDP) Clinic was held in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport in late May following the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

98 of our best young gymnasts and their personal coaches attended the clinic representing 13 different High Performance programs and clubs from around the country.

The clinic was led by National Pathways Manager - Jo Richards. Assisting were experienced coaches:
• Peggy Liddick – National Coach;
• Nikolai Lapchine – Senior Coach from the Western Australian Institute of sport;
• David Kenwright – newly appointed Women’s Gymnastics Program Manager at the Victorian Institute of Sport. David comes to us from Canada where he has a fine reputation as an expert high performance gymnastics coach; 
• Liz Chetkovich – Women's High Performance Manager, also lent her hand to coaching the developing athletes. Liz had an extensive coaching career during the 1980’s and 90’s at the WAIS gymnastics program; and
• Stacey Umeh – Choreographer

All of the participating gymnasts actively compete in the IDP and were selected from their performances and ranking on the National IDEAL Skills test. The focus of the clinic was refining the athletes' basic techniques whilst also extending them in appropriate areas of advanced skill development.

The clinic was divided into two groups: Clinic 1 and 2, both clinics trained five full training sessions over the three days – so it was a busy schedule for the coaches and athletes alike!

In between training sessions the girls utilised the hot and cold spa at the AIS recovery centre, tested their speed in sprint testing and studied videos from the recent Jesolo International gymnastics competition.

During the clinic all girls participated in the physical testing. Congratulations to the following girls who excelled to be named the best physically prepared gymnasts for each age group:
• 13 years: 1st Macy Pegoli (VWHPC), 2nd Hannah Triantafillis (Balance), 3rd Miranda Delaney (VWHPC);
• 12 years: 1st Georgia Fragiadakis (SWG), 2nd Abby King (VWHPC), 3rd Sophie Hubball (Jets Gymnastics);
• 11 years: 1st Jaime Clarke (QHPC), 2nd Janis Grommen (QHPC), 3rd Kate Sayer (QHPC);
• 10 years: 1st Charlie Ivey (QHPC), 2nd Amelia Whiston (VWHPC), 3rd Clara Kolm (WAIS); and
• 9 years: 1st Olivia Foley (VWHPC), 2nd Olivia Falconer (Carmel & Co), 3rd Jamie Lampard (WGC).

The overall physical test champion was a tie between Georgia Fragiadakis and Jaime Clarke.

Well done to the following girls who excelled in the individual tests:
• 20m sprint – Chloe Moorcroft (Jets) in a super quick time of 3.36s;
• Jaime Clarke (QHPC) won 2 tests – the highest number of chin-ups in 30 seconds (23) and the fastest rope climb of the day 8.15 seconds;
• Charlie Ivey (QHPC) performed 15 straight body casts to handstands;
• A three way tie between Jemima Lam (VWHPC), Isla Ross (QHPC), Chloe Trisic (Manly & Warringah) with a quick 24 leg lifts in 30 seconds;
• Amelia Whiston (VWHPC) performed the most press to handstands in a row that we have ever seen – 60 – amazing; 
• Elyssia Kenshole jumped 95cm longer than her standing height in the standing broad jump – a camp record;
• Sidney Stephens (WAIS) swung 16 kip to handstands – fantastic; and
• Sophie Prince (WAIS) measured 3 minutes and 2 second handstand balance.

The next camp on our agenda is the ‘Team Future Advance’ camp later this month at the AIS, followed by the next IDP clinic in Canberra, November 9-11, 2014 after the National Club Championships in Geelong.

For more information regarding this area in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics High Performance Program please contact Jo Richards,

Team Future High Achievers Squad (Mid-Year 2014)

Team Future Squad (Mid-Year 2014)