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AUSTRALIAN GYMNASTIC FEDERATION INC.
1949-1995

A RESUME OF CONFERENCES, AFFILIATIONS, COMPETITIONS AND SUNDRY ITEMS OF INTEREST IN THE FORMATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN GYMNASTIC FEDERATION

1949

  • The first meeting and formation of the Australian Gymnastic Union (A.G.U.) held on September 8th
  • The A.G.U. President is Mr T. Morris, vice-president is W.J. Wilson and Secretary is Mr J.R. Carey
  • Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales form the A.G.U.

1950

  • · The first National Championships held with only male teams and individuals competing

1951

  • Affiliation accepted by the Australian Olympic Federation (A.O.F.)

1954

  • Affiliation accepted by the Federation International de Gymnastique (F.I.G.) at their Rome Meeting
  • A.G.U. now conform to International Regulations

1955

  • Western Australia affiliated with the A.G.U.
  • South African Gymnastic Association requests support for gymnastics
    included in British Empire Games

1956

  • South Australia affiliated with the A.G.U.
  • Olympic Games held in Melbourne - full teams for men and women competed
  • First international competition held in Melbourne (Olympic Games)
  • Negotiations to standardise equipment in Australia

1957

  • Mr Wilson appointed Co-ordinator for Women's Artistic Gymnastics

1958

  • F.I.G. Congress held in Moscow - first delegates attended
  • Attended a Meeting with a view to forming a British Commonwealth Gymnastic Association

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1959

  • First competitor to travel to New Zealand
  • First Women's Artistic Gymnastic Australian Championships

1960

  • Olympic Games held in Rome - Two individual men and two individual women competed
  • Eligibility issue discussed re: National Champion

1961

  • A.G.U. accept the idea of Junior Championships

1962

  • F.I.G. Congress held in Prague
  • Delegates attending Congresses regularly

1963

  • Discussions held re: the inclusion of team Calisthenics

1964

  • Olympic Games held in Tokyo - Full team representation
  • The first "Australian Gymnast" published

1965

  • Technical plus Conference sessions for A.G.U.
  • 2nd Secretary - Mr J.A. Thompson appointed to the A.G.U.
  • Introduced the first Under 18 Men's Competition

1966

  • World Championships held in Dortmund - Three individual women competed

1967

  • New Constitution/Technical Regulations
  • Introduced the first Lapel Badge

1968

  • Olympic Games held in Mexico City - One man and one woman competed
  • A.G.U. changed name to Australian Amateur Gymnastic Union (A.A.G.U.)

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1969

  • Australian Capital Territory affiliated with the A.A.G.U.
  • Introduced the first Under 19 Men's Competition
  • Introduced the first Under 16 Women's Competition

1970

  • Tasmania affiliated with the A.A.G.U.
  • World Championships held in Ljubljana - Women's team and three individual men competed

1971

  • 2nd President - Mr J.E. Barry elected to the A.A.G.U.
  • Guest Coach, Yoshiteru Matsuzaki from Japan, to conduct Clinics in Australia

1972

  • Olympic Games held in Munich - Two individual men and one individual woman competed
  • Pacific Tour

1973

  • Tour to Australia by Japanese Team
  • Federal funding for sport introduced
  • USSR Tour in Australia including Olga Karbut

1974

  • 3rd Secretary - J.W. Wilby elected to the A.A.G.U.
  • World Championships held in Varna - Women's team and three individual men competed
  • Display at Commonwealth Games - New Zealand
  • Guest Coach, Peter Chen from New Zealand, to conduct a Men's Clinic in Australia

1975

  • Intercontinental Judges Course held in France
  • First Brevetted Judges - Jim Barry and Frances Thompson
  • First National Women's Bronze Championships (Level 8) - A.C.T.
1976
  • First Continental Judges Course held in Australia
  • Frank Kominsky (USA) and Ulla Berg (SWE) were Guest Lecturers
  • Olympic Games held in Montreal - One woman and two men competed
  • First Men's Technical Manual produced by Barry Cheales

1977

  • A.A.G.U. changed name to Australian Gymnastic Federation (A.G.F.)
  • Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics was included under the A.G.F. umbrella and formed nationally
  • Formation of Confederation of Australian Sport
  • China Tour - First Australian team to China

1978

  • Formation of Commonwealth Gymnastic Federation
  • Four Continents Championships Committee formed
  • Tours represented at:
    • Pacific Rim, Canada
    • Sanlam Cup, South Africa
    • RSG Trans Tasman, Australia
    • RSG Four Continent Championships, Canada
    • World Championships, France
    • Commonwealth Games, Canada
  • First medals won at Commonwealth Games
    • Lindsay Nylund won silver in All-Around. Men's Team won bronze
  • Lindsay Nylund of Westeen Australia was the first gymnast to receive receive an individual ranking (top 36)
  • First Men's Judge active on floor at World Championships since Code of Points introduced
  • A.G.F. full-time Administrator appointed - Ellen Alston - funded by Federal monies
  • National Office plus V.G.A. Office move to President's business address
  • First Development Plan produced

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