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  • Konica Grand Prix held in Brisbane
    • Kylie Shadbolt won a gold medal on floor
  • World Artistic Championships held in Stuttgart - Full men's and women's teams competed
    • Monique Allen came 25th in the all-around competition - first Australian to second round at a World Championships
    • Monique Allen qualified for the World Cup Circuit
  • RSG World Championships held in Yugoslavia - Full women's team competed
  • IOC Solidarity Course in General Gymnastics held in Melbourne
  • Clinic Programme continues
  • First Meeting with ASC contemplation of funding to state Institutes for sports ranked in Group 1-8 and Group 2, 9-16
  • Seven Clinics were held at the AIS
  • Gym Skills Workshop held in Melbourne
  • diet Coke sponsors Australian Championships
  • MAG Junior Nationals/RSG Classic cancelled due to airline dispute


  • Commonwealth Games held in Auckland - Full men's & women's team, three rhythmic competed
  • Pacific Alliance held in Manila - Men's team won bronze medal & women's team won gold medal
  • FIG Executive Meeting held in Australia
  • FIG Bi-ennial Congress held in Frankfurt - change in World Championship Programme
  • CAPS Programme introduced
  • Clinic programme continues
  • National Development Director appointed - Jenny Young
  • Elite Development Plan Forum held in March
  • Women gymnasts compete on World Cup Circuit for the first time, but did not qualify
  • High Performance Centres under review and re-structure to fit in for Federal funding assistance for Intensive Training Centres
  • AGM approves National Policy for insurance for all gymnasts and compulsory insurance for all technical members
  • National Coaching Director, Gene Schembri resigns to take up position with Australian Coaching Council
  • General Stream continues to grow in competitive numbers and participants


  • World Artistic Championships held in Indianapolis - Full women's team & 3 men competed
    • Women's team placed 6th (from 16th in 1989)
    • 3 women in Top 36
  • Rhythmic World Championships held in Athens - 1 woman competed
  • Successful bid to host the 1994 World Individual Artistic Championships in Brisbane
  • Seiko Grand Prix conducted in Brisbane
  • Second participation in FIG Gymnaestrada - Holland
  • Appointment of Michael Browning and Associates as Marketing Consultants
  • ACC Awards:
    • Ju Ping Tian named Coach of the Year
    • Fiona Bird named Junior Female Coach of the Year
  • National Coaching Director appointed - Peter Sharpe
  • Jacky Wood elected as Rhythmic Technical Director
  • First National Development Workshop conducted
  • Kindergym Level 1 Accreditation Course updated and approved by ACC
  • Level 0 Coaching Course approved by the AGF
  • Second edition of 'Aussie Gym Fun' printed
  • First edition of 'A Guide to our Gymnastic Programs' printed
  • Development of Coaching Manual - 'Gymnastics - What's in it'


  • Olympic Games held in Barcelona - Full women's team & 1 man competed (Women's team 7th)
  • World Artistic Championships held in Paris
    • - Semi-finals - Brennon Dowrick - Rings / Lisa Read - Floor / Julie-Anne Monico - Uneven Bars
    • Finals - Julie-Anne Monico - Uneven Bars
  • Monique Allen, Kylie Shadbolt, Lisa Read & Michelle Telfer retire
  • Pacific Alliance Championships held in Seoul - Men's team 4th / Women's team 4th
  • Final Australian Championships, in four year rotation, held in Melbourne
  • Gymnastics first appearance at Pacific School Games held in Darwin
  • Development Plan Review Meetings
  • Elite Plan Open Forum held in Brisbane
  • AGF Office moves to commercially rented premises for first time
  • Revision of Level 1 Coaches Course
  • MAG Level 3 National Coaching Accreditation Scheme approved
  • Formation of Kindergym Resource Design Committee
  • Gymnastics included as part of National CAPS Scheme
  • Computer Registration Package piloted
  • FIG Intercontinental Judges Course held


  • Sydney awarded the 2000 Olympic Games
  • FIG President and Secretary-General visit Sydney with regards to the 2000 Olympic Games
  • Formation of 2000 Gold Medal Plan
  • World Artistic Championships held in Great Britain - 3 men competed
  • Rhythmic World Championships held in Spain - Full women's team competed
  • Commonwealth Games Test Events held in Victoria, Canada
  • Nikon International held in Sydney
  • diet Coke Duos held in Melbourne - First Duos Competition in Australia
  • Junior Pacific Alliance Championships held in Canberra
  • DairyLite Rhythmic Clinic held in Melbourne with coaches and gymnasts from Russia participating
  • Australian Championships four year cycle starts in Perth
  • National Coaching Director acts as interim Gold Medal Plan (GMP) Director
  • GMP process initiated
  • AGF Medical Commission formed
  • Aussie Gymfun Lesson Plans prepared
  • Guidelines for Aussie GymFest prepared
  • Formation of second Course Design Committee for Coaching Athletes with Disabilities (CAD)
  • Course for Coaching Athletes with Disabilities (CAD) conducted
  • Kindergym Crew Manual, Music Cassette and Video launched
  • Federation reviewed by Price Waterhouse re: National Office staff/functions and Federation structure


  • Australia host the Artistic World Championships in Brisbane - Outstanding success
    • Bret Hudson 23rd All-Around (highest men's All-Around result)
    • Joanna Hughes qualified for floor final
  • Volunteers for World Championships receive High Commendation from Australian Goverment inaugural VIP Awards
  • Pacific Alliance held in New Zealand
    • Men's team won silver medal and Women's team won bronze medal
  • Commonwealth Games held in Canada
    • Men won 11 medals
    • Women won 5 medals
    • Rhythmic won 6 medals (5 of which were gold)
  • World Artistic Team Championships held in Dortmund - No representation
  • OAP replaces GMP
  • Resignation of Michael Browning and Associates as Marketing Company
  • Appointment of Hodgetts Bell Consulting as Marketing Company
  • First Aussie GymFest held in Taree, NSW
  • Kindergym Australia formed in liaison with South Australian Kindergym Association
  • Formation of Club Kit Design Committee


  • Artistic World Championships held in Sabae, Japan
    • Women's Team placed 12th & qualify a full Team to 1996 Olympic Games
    • Men's Team placed 16th and qualify two individuals to 1996 Olympic Games
    • Rhythmic get the wild card for 1 gymnast to 1996 Olympic Games
  • Rhythmic World Championships in Vienna, Austria
    • Team placed 23rd (into Pool A for next World's)
  • 1st Sport Aerobic World Championships (under FIG)
    • Australia receives silver medal in the indiviudal women's event
    • Pairs category placed fifth
    • Trios category placed seventh
    • All Australian finalists (6) were awarded FIG Pins
  • Gymnaestrada in Berlin - Largest Australian representation to date (over 300 participants)
  • Four Continents Championships
    • Kasumi Takahashi wins Gold Medal in All-Around event & two Apparatus Medals
  • Australian Federation buys own office and moves in, in October
  • Lance Otto steps down as Vice President of the Federation after 18 years
  • Murray Chessell elected as new Vice President
  • Inquiry into Women's Artistic Gymnastics at the AIS - Coach & Program exonerated
  • Kindergym Australia formed as part of total Federation
  • 2001 Search Conference held in February
  • Formation of 2001 Taskforce Committee
  • Introduction of Safety Module 1
  • Completition of Level 2 Review
  • Foxtel - Pay TV - Five Year Agreement Signed
  • Re-introduction of NCD & NDD visits
  • Registrations : Acord Program and Registrations used by more Clubs
  • FIG appointed Technical Control of All-Africa Games
  • Anne Bigham & Margaret Lanz assisted
  • South East Asian Games - Anne Bigham assisted

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