WAG Team Future – Advance & Green Camp, Canberra, August 29 – September 2, 2015

The WAG “Team Future -Advance Camp” in combination with half the “Green Camp” was held in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport last week. The clinic was led by National Pathways Manager - Jo Richards. 

Click here for the WAG Team Future Advance / Green Camp video highlights

19 of our 12-15 year old WAG gymnasts attended the camp representing 6 different training gyms from around the country.  The girls who were aged 12-13 years earned the right to attend following their outstanding results on the IDEAL skills test recorded during the first half of 2015.  They were joined by 5 of our more mature 2020 cohort and 2016 age eligible gymnasts from the Green Camp.  The girls attended with their personal coaches and the camp was a mixture of training and other fun and educational activities. 


The girls and coaches had many great experiences during the 4 day camp which included:

  • 7 training sessions where the girls worked really hard on their targeted skills.  Not only the girls were learning, the gymnast’s coaches networked, collaborated and swapped ideas.  
  • The camp began with a media and public speaking session conducted by Phil Lynch. The girls studied the different forms of media and practiced honing their speaking skills and interview techniques.  We carried on the theme throughout the camp with on the spot interviews.  The girls also participated in an activity around the pros and cons of social media and are now more fully informed on the topic.
  • The gymnasts performed both group and individual choreography activities with choreographers Lisa Bradley and Stacey Umeh.
  • The vaulting study which we began last camp continued with the girls measured for their run up speed on vaulting and filmed with high speed cameras to gage how their vaulting performances are progressing with biomechanist Liz Bradshaw from ACU.
  • The girls used training diaries to assist their focus and this was further enhanced by some self-regulation skills in sessions with Dan Green from AIS Athlete Pathways.
  • All girls all performed very well in their physical testing.  Well done to Elly Bayes (NCE-MEL) who was the most physically prepared athlete at the camp.
  • Motivating sessions and video reviews for both coaches and athletes were held by our National Coach Peggy Liddick.
  • Dee Jennings, NCE-MEL Program manager led the coaches through a session on physical conditioning and strength training.

The next Team Future - Advance Camp will be held at the AIS in January 2016.  

For more information regarding this area in the Women’s High Performance Program please contact Jo Richards jrichards@gymnastics.org.au