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12 Sep 2014 Report from the FIG Symposium on Disability Gymnastics
12 Sep 2014 National Gymsport Technical Commission News
12 Sep 2014 Gymnastics pits - Preventive Sanitation and Maintenance
12 Sep 2014 Save the Date - Australia's biggest Rhythmic Gymnastics camp is coming!
10 Sep 2014 Queensland set to pump with national aerobic gymnastics event
14 Mar 2014 Welcome to Gymnastics Australia's Learning Management System

Report from the FIG Symposium on Disability Gymnastics

Friday, 12 September 2014

Australia was represented at the FIG Symposium on Disability Gymnastics by Jillian Arthur, Gymnastics for All Technical Commission member and Inclusion Officer at Gymnastics South Australia.

The symposium was organised by British Gymnastics in conjunction with the FIG GfA committee.

Attendees heard reports and participated in practical gymnastics sessions, suitable for a range of abilities. Read the symposium report for a complete wrap of the three day conference.

Gymnastics Australia would like to thank Jill for attending the symposium.


National Gymsport Technical Commission News

Friday, 12 September 2014

The National Gymsport Technical Commissions have been hard at work over the past month with the AER Commission releasing their latest update and the ACR Commission releasing an update as well as a new set of Technical Regulations.

Aerobic Gymnastics
Read the most recent Aerobic Gymnastics National Commission Update for all the latest information provided specifically for the Aerobic Gymnastics community including technical information and event updates.

Aerobic Gymnastics National Commission Update
Acrobatic Gymnastics
Read the most recent Acrobatic Gymnastics National Commission Update for all the latest information provided specifically for the Acrobatic Gymnastics community including technical information and event updates. Plus make sure you download the new set of Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Regulations.

Acrobatic Gymnastics National Commission Update
Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Regulations


Gymnastics pits - Preventive Sanitation and Maintenance

FIG Office, Friday, 12 September 2014

The issue of the sanitation and maintenance of gymnastics pits was discussed at length at an Apparatus Commission meeting of the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) held in July 2014.

The interest for the gymnasts to use pits to prepare and train is a well-established fact. They can be found in an increasing number of specialized halls. There are various types of pits made of different materials and constructions which were developed over the years to increase their safety and avoid traumas.

The very first pits were filled with very tough and very crumbly polyurethane blocks occupying the whole volume of the pit. However, gymnasts would sometimes hurt themselves, on the lower parts of their body by landing on the bottom of the pit after sliding in between the blocks. A suspended net was then installed to reduce this kind of injuries and inflatable structures were also proposed at a later stage.

However, safe pits and zero risks for the gymnasts cannot be reduced to the sole mechanical protection and to the prevention of traumas. Indeed, poorly maintained pits can also hide other hazards for the health of the gymnasts. There are various non-traumatic hazards related with the use of such pits, in particular:

I. Physical micro- or macroscopic neutral or potentially chemically active particles
These particles come from environmental dust and fragments and residues from polyurethane blocks. They disperse in the ambient atmosphere and may irritate respiratory routes. They also irritate the skin after direct contacts.

Some particles are practically neutral and produce mechanical irritation. Some polyurethane blocks contain potentially toxic products therefore these particles may provoke pathologies in relation with the product contained in the foam.

This last point was discussed at length at the Apparatus Commission in the presence of several gymnastics apparatus manufacturers and of the FIG Control and Test Institute in Freiburg im Breisgau (GER). The manufacturers and the certified laboratory were asked to conduct an investigation and a research on these components and on their use in order to take stock of the situation with regards to:
• The importance of their current use in the materials ;
• The possible total ban with substitution by entirely neutral products.

Such preventive measures are of paramount importance even though, as far as we know, no direct consequence scientifically proven has been registered to date. Yet, caution is still warranted knowing however that many countries have drafted strict and accurate rules based on scientific research to control and authorise the use of products composing this kind of materials. Our manufacturers have to abide by these standards which are actually a guarantee of safety.

II. Micro-organisms
Germs, different types of bacteria, mould, fungi and mites may provoke skin and especially serious respiratory infections as well as allergies. Apparently mild, related sometimes to a slight infection due to overtraining, such infections must be taken seriously as soon as they come out.

A strict and frequent cleaning of the pit can very well neutralize and eradicate such micro-organisms.

Prevention and Maintenance
Pits do accumulate more or less fine particles which must be removed on a very frequent basis. Due to the absence of air circulation, there is an accumulation of damp which feeds the proliferation of harmful germs and micro-organisms.

Pits must therefore be cleaned regularly by entirely removing their content. The bottom and the walls must be cleaned with strong disinfectants (not harmful to the wall material) and with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-mite products.

Polyurethane blocks must be changed regularly since multiple contacts make them crumbly. Only flawless blocks must be kept. If need be, these blocks must be dried and disinfected. Blocks are sometimes sold wrapped in material. This kind of wrapping helps to clean them and prevent the dissemination of particles. However, they are much more expensive. The quality of blocks is therefore of paramount importance for them to remain compact. It is not recommended to cover pits with disparate blocks of different natures as well as polyurethane waste.

A regular cleaning of pits, which is often forgotten or left behind, will certainly avoid many health problems for the gymnasts and their surroundings. In addition, based on the studies currently taking place, our manufacturers and the Freiburg im Breisgau laboratory will certainly come up very soon with materials which are more appropriate for the well-being and the health of our gymnasts.

We are looking forward to it.

Dr. Michel LÉGLISE, President of the FIG Medical Commission.


Save the Date - Australia's biggest Rhythmic Gymnastics camp is coming!

Friday, 12 September 2014

The next Rhythmic Gymnastics camp will be held in South Australia on December 5th - 8th.

The camp will be held at the Marion Recreation & Leisure Centre, Adelaide and all Level 7+ athletes and officials are encouraged to attend.

The benefits are enormous. Enjoy attention from Australia’s top judges & coaches. Connect with other Rhythmic athletes from around Australia.

Further details including how to register will be available soon. This year’s camp is proudly brought to you by your Rhythmic Gymnastics National Commission.


Queensland set to pump with national aerobic gymnastics event

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Australia's best aerobic gymnastics athletes are about to get physical as they compete in the 2014 Australian Aerobics Championships and vie for selection to the national squad next week.

Athletes from six to 26 years of age will compete for the title of Australian Champion from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 September at Queensland’s Sleeman Sports Complex.

Competitors will include the host state’s own Amy Behan who earlier this year took out the state championship title, setting her in good stead to compete for the national crown.

Behan will be joined by 140 other Queensland competitors and more than 800 competitors from across the country throughout the competition.

Other competitors to watch include joint 2013 Australian Champions Zoe Tisdale from WA, who also recently competed at the International Aerobic Championship in Las Vegas with great results, and Victoria’s Annabel Muttdon who recently competed at the Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships.

The women’s 2014 NSW State Champion Chelsea Harris is also a strong competitor, and in the men’s competition, 2013 Australian Champion Kenji Fujihara from Victoria is also likely to be a stand-out.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Australian AEROSkools Championships, an event showcasing Australia's best and brightest aerobic gymnasts from 41 participating primary and secondary schools across the country.

International level athletes will compete on Saturday 20 September from 4.30pm – 7.30pm, with the Australian Aerobic Gymnastics National Squad also announced Saturday evening.

Aerobic gymnastics presents dynamic moves, strength, flexibility, coordination and musicality in a routine lasting up to one-and-a-half minutes. Athletes are marked on their ability to perform continuously complex and high intensity movement.

Aerobic gymnastics competition hosts five different categories including individual men and women’s, mixed pairs, trios and groups of six gymnasts. In addition, there are two competitive divisions which are performed by a team known as AeroDance and Aerobic Step.

View the full schedule of events at


Welcome to Gymnastics Australia's Learning Management System

Friday, 14 March 2014

Once logged in, you have access to:

• Enrol in and complete the new coaching courses - online component
• Enrol in the face to face course in your Gymsport in your state/territory
• Upload your First Aid certificate via the External Training Activity menu
• Upload your Pre Course Workbook via the External Training Activity menu (Beginner Coaches only)

Beginner Coaches
If you have completed the Beginner Coaching Course, please log in using your email address as your log in, upload the required documents (Pre Course Workbook and First Aid Certificate.) These will be approved by the education coordinator in your state/territory. Once this occurs, you can gain access to completing the Intermediate Coaching Courses.

All other coaches
If you currently have a Gymsport accreditation and wish to complete an Intermediate Coach Accreditation, you need to:

1. Click on the link below to access the Learning Management System (LMS)
2. Create your own profile, username and password
3. Email your state/territory association and include:
    a. Your member number
    b. The Gymsport you are currently accredited in
    c. The Gymsport you would like to enrol in

To contact your state/territory association, click here.

As at March 2014
The Beginner Coaching Course is live.

The Intermediate Coaching Courses are live in the following Gymsports:
• Gymnastics for All (GfA)
• Kindergym (KG)
• Men's Artistic Gymnastics (MAG)
• Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG)
• Tumbling (TUM)
• Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG)
• Trampoline Gymnastics (TRP)
• Aerobic Gymnastics (AER)
• Acrobatic Gymnastics (ACR)

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