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29 Jul 2014 Australia shines at day one of Artistic Gymnastics qualifying in Glasgow
26 Jul 2014 Australia's rhythmic gymnasts in Commonwealth Games final
24 Jul 2014 Offord appointed to Athletes' Commission
23 Jul 2014 Janine Murray: An insight into the Commonwealth Games from a Rhythmic Gymnast
18 Jul 2014 Olivia's Glasgow Diary - Final Camp
18 Jul 2014 Inaugural Team Future Advance Camp held in Canberra
18 Jul 2014 Australian athletes excel in South Africa
14 Mar 2014 Welcome to Gymnastics Australia's Learning Management System
 

Australia shines at day one of Artistic Gymnastics qualifying in Glasgow

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Australia's Women's Artistic Gymnastics team is in second place of the Team Final, and Victoria's Georgia-Rose Brown leads the All-Around competition, after the first day of qualification at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Australia's Women's Team hit eight from eight routines and are the only country to hit all four routines on Uneven Bars. With two strong apparatus to come, the Women's team is in contention for a team medal.
 
The team opened with outstanding Uneven Bar routines which resulted in Larrissa Miller in second position with a score of 14.433 to England's Rebecca Downie (14.683), followed closely by Georgia-Rose Brown in third (14.083). Both now qualify for the final. Olivia Vivian also performed well, finishing fourth (13.800) and Mary-Anne Monckton in seventh (13.333).
 
Australia was the only team in which every gymnast scored over 8.00 for execution on the apparatus.
 
Brown continued to dominate the competition with an overall score of 13.849 for Vault which saw her qualify sixth for the apparatus and lead the All-Around competition.
 
The Women’s Artistic Gymnastics competition continues tonight with Australia competing on Floor and Beam from 2.45am AEST– watch live on Glasgow 6 on TenPlay.
 
After a strong start to the team performance on day one of competition, Australia's Men's Artistic Gymnastics team is in fifth place in the Team Final, competing on Floor, Rings and Pommel Horse.
 
Naoya Tsukahara and Luke Wadsworth are in ninth and 10th place respectively in the All-Around competition with best performances from Tsukahara including qualifying eighth on Rings (14.308) due to the two-per-country rule.
 
The Men’s competition continues tonight with Australia competing on High Bar, Parallel Bars and Vault from 9.03pm AEST – watch live on live on Glasgow 4 on TenPlay.
 

Australia's rhythmic gymnasts in Commonwealth Games final

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Rhythmic gymnasts Danielle Prince (QLD) and Jaelle Cohen (NSW) have finished in ninth and 14th position in the Individual All Around final following the second day of competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Prince, a gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, led the Australian team with a score of 51.725. Prince, 22, was one of the most athletic gymnasts on the floor, performing four graceful routines and achieving a personal top score for the event of 13.325 for clubs, as well as finishing 7th for her clubs and ribbon performances.

Finishing strongly in her Commonwealth Games debut, Cohen shone in her hoop routine to achieve her highest score of the day (12.050) and end on a final score of 47.050.

Australian teammate 16-year-old Amy Quinn (WA) finished in the qualifying competition on day one in 21st position overall (45.975).

Competition favourite from Canada, Patricia Bezzoubenko, received the gold medal with an overall score of 59.175. Welsh teammates Francesca Jones (57.350) and Laura Halford (56.225) took out silver and bronze.

 

Offord appointed to Athletes' Commission

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Former Men's Artistic Gymnastics champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sam Offord has been appointed to the Athletes' Commission as the Men's Artistic representative.

Offord joins existing Commission members: Ashleigh Brennan (WAG), Janine Murray (RG), Jarrod Spear (TRP), Jessica Larsen (ACR) and Lauren Mitchell (ex-officio).

Gymnastics Australia believes that athletes, past and present, can make a very valuable contribution to our sport and it was for this reason that the Athletes' Commission was established.

Significantly, the Athletes' Commission seeks to establish open lines of communication with athletes to identify issues relevant to the various Gymsports that need to be addressed.

More information about the Athletes' Commission is available on the Gymnastics Australia website.

 

Janine Murray: An insight into the Commonwealth Games from a Rhythmic Gymnast

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

As Australia's Rhythmic Gymnastics Team prepare to take the podium at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, member of the Dehli 2010 Commonwealth Games gold winning team gives an insight into the atmosphere of the event.

Janine Murray: Dehli 2010 Commonwealth Games gold winning team member,  2011 World Championships top ranked Oceania competitor, London 2012 Olympics athlete

On the eve of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, people right across the globe will be tuning in for the spectacle that is the Official Opening Ceremony. The streets of Glasgow will be full of life and the Athlete Village will be humming with excitement and anticipation. Amongst all this, Australia’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team; Danielle (Danni) Prince, Amy Quinn and Jaelle Cohen, will be hoping for a quiet night as they prepare for their first day of competition and a pivotal day in their gymnastics career.

One can only imagine the thoughts and feelings they will be experiencing in the lead up to their competition and the moments before they take to the international arena. I was fortunate enough to be one of those athletes four years ago in Delhi, alongside Naazmi Johnston and Danni Prince. We had a formidable team at this event taking out the Commonwealth Games Team gold medal – a first for Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics and a highlight in all of our careers. I have been lucky enough to share experiences like this with all three representatives on this years’ team, as well as a friendship with them that we will no doubt maintain beyond gymnastics. It is therefore with great pleasure I give you some insight into out three Rhythmic athletes and their Commonwealth Games experience thus far.

The Rhythmic Gymnastics team was selected just six weeks ago, following their standout performances at the 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships. Immediately following this event, the girls attended a training camp in Sydney in order to fine-tune their routines. While Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport of grace and beauty, it demands mental and physical strength, flexibility, coordination and athleticism in order to make every routine look effortless. These girls know it is not without a rigorous training schedule of up to 30 hours per week that this is achieved and have since been putting in the hard yards at their home training centers ahead of the Games.

Australia’s reigning National Champion for two consecutive years, Danni Prince from Queensland brings to the team a wealth of experience. Having represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and four World Championships she is no stranger to the international stage and is most looking forward to the atmosphere that comes with a multisport event. In preparing for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Danni has been working specifically alongside her sports psychologist to help cope with the pressure situations all these athletes will face. Danni is striving to perform four flawless routines on the first day of competition, as she knows if she achieves this, the results will come from there.

Jaelle Cohen from New South Wales is a true competitor who thrives on the competition environment. The technicality in her apparatus handling and throws is one of her greatest strengths and has seen her represent Australia at three World Championships and numerous international events. Jaelle won her first Hoop apparatus gold medal at the Australian National Championships this year and is a valuable team member with her sights set on qualifying for the Individual All Around Final on Day 2 of the competition program.

Making her Commonwealth Games - and World Championships debut later in the year - Western Australia’s Amy Quinn is a newcomer to the international arena, however is set to be a rising star in the future of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Australia. Amy acknowledges that she has never been to such a large competition before and has no idea what to expect nor does she believe there are any expectations of her. Despite this, she is determined to make her mark in Glasgow and is most looking forward to competing. This is the aspect of gymnastics she enjoys most and believes the opportunity to perform and do what she loves is the most rewarding experience an athlete can ask for.

All three gymnasts are very different; however they all have one goal in mind: a Commonwealth Games team medal. From my own experiences, as an individual athlete it is a rare chance to compete as a team, and to further this by achieving a shared goal is one of the most memorable highs in my career.

The athletes will take to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct on Thursday 24 July for the Team Final and Individual Qualifications. Based on their performances, up to two athletes per nation can move forward to the Individual All Around Final on Friday 25 July and Apparatus Finals Saturday 26 July. It is a gruelling schedule to compete three consecutive days in a row and will definitely put the girls to the test. They know it will be a tough competition, in both the team and individual events; Canada, Wales and Malaysia all have strong athletes so it is bound to be a gripping event for audiences at home.

With that said, I wish all three girls the best of luck in their Commonwealth Games pursuits. To represent Australia at such a prestigious event you have already achieved what so many athletes only dream of. Now what awaits you is the reward!

 

Olivia's Glasgow Diary - Final Camp

Olivia Vivian, Friday, 18 July 2014

Guess who's back back back, back again gain gain, the team is back back back, to flip and bend bend bend!

On the first day of camp it felt like we never left. All seven of us girls know each other so well now and it's truly a much anticipated reunion when we're all in the same place again.

Camp started with Larrissa Miller and I turning another year older. Not too sure if I'm wiser, but the point that I'm now a quarter of a century old was made very apparent.

We are fortunate enough to be staying in the new residence which has a fridge, microwave and kettle. This means we have all resorted to having porridge or cereal in our rooms for breakfast, instead of braving the 'fresh' cold air outside when traveling to the dining hall. We think it's very 'ingenious' of us to come up with such an idea that gives us more precious minutes inside our warm cozy beds.

Plus Riss and I can talk to each other like zombies when eating breakfast and the whole institute doesn't have to witness it! Some things just shouldn't be done in public places!

To add to the great accommodation, our training has gone really well also. Everyone has come in to camp prepared and motivated to give it their all. It was awesome to see some upgrades the reserves have made on vault. And it was nice to see Mary-Anne back swinging on Bars.

It's highly motivating when we all come together and train in the same gym. The level of support and encouragement we give each other helps push one another to step things up and commit to one common goal. And even though there's only seven of us here right now, soon to be five, we all still feel the presence of the other five remaining seniors!

All twelve of us seniors have formed a special bond and taken on a 'One Team' mentality, so even when only some of us are here at camp, we can feel the support of the other members, minus their physical absence.

The five of us selected to compete in Glasgow understand that it took the whole village to get us here and sincerely can't wait to get out there and perform on behalf of the entire Australian gymnastics community.

 

Inaugural Team Future Advance Camp held in Canberra

Friday, 18 July 2014

Representing five different training gyms from around the country, 15 gymnasts aged 12-13 years earned the right to attend the first ever Team Future Advance Camp.

Having been selected as a result of their outstanding results on the IDEAL skills test recorded in the first half of 2014, the camp was a mixture of training and other fun and educational activities. The gymnasts were also fortunate enough to observe our Commonwealth Games team training whilst at camp.

Led by Gymnastics Australia's National Pathways Team of Jo Richards and Alexis Lebedew, each of the gymnasts' personal coaches were also in attendance. The athletes and coaches had many great experiences during the four day camp including:
• Six action packed training sessions where the girls worked really hard on their targeted skills; 
• National Coach Peggy Liddick hosted a gymnastics video session. The girls and coaches studied the performance standards for various different skills – figuring out why different skills get ‘paid’ while others don’t;
• Senior National Team gymnasts Georgia Godwin, Lauren Mitchell and Olivia Vivian came into the gym and trained alongside the girls and gave them a few helpful tips to assist their training – we have a few budding coaches there! In the evening the girls had a great session where the campers asked the three seniors ’20 questions’ about their gymnastics journey. The session culminated in Olivia and Lauren delivering fabulous talks about ‘What would I tell my teenage self’ – a terrific learning opportunity for the young gymnasts;
• Educational group activities to help their training – they studied self-regulation techniques, communication strategies and learnt tips to help deal with frustration;
• Peggy led a discussion with the girls regarding ‘Let’s get organised - behaviours of a high level gymnast’;
• The girls relaxed in the AIS recovery centre and received some injury prevention information from Australian team Physio Wendy Braybon. All of the girls performed very well in their physical testing. Well done to Lily Gresele (WAIS) who was the most physically prepared athlete at the camp;
• The girls performed a show of all the skills they are learning in the ‘National Direction’ – please watch and enjoy the video; and
• When the coaches were not busy with their gymnasts they used every spare moment in workshops with GA WAG High Performance Manager Liz Chetkovich working on their Individual Athlete Plans and Tracking.

Also held in parallel was a Gymnastics Choreographers workshop which was facilitated by gymnastics artistic preparation specialists Lisa Bradley and Stacey Umeh. The group of choreographers studied the art or choreography, building dance skills, basics for ballet barre and beam dance and much more. Special thanks to Grace, Katherine, Kate and Jude for taking the time and interest to further their knowledge.

Thanks very much to all the staff who helped out during the camp, including GA staff Liz Chetkovich, Peggy Liddick; Choreographers Lisa and Stacey; the AIS pathways team Juanita and Daniel, WAIS sports psych Shayne Hantz and physio Wendy Braybon.

The next Team Future Advance Camp will be held at the AIS December 12-16, 2014.

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

 

Australian athletes excel in South Africa

Friday, 18 July 2014

Congratulations to our Men's Artistic Gymnastics athletes who represented Australia at the South African Artistic High Performance Nationals over the weekend.

The gymnasts competing at the event achieved stand out results with Jack Glendenning, placing first in the All Around competition with teammate Brayden James finishing in third. Also competing in the Level 8 (13-15) event were Rasmus Breth-Petersen and Cory Hitchens who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Meanwhile in the Level 8 (16 & O) event, Australian gymnast Hayden Greenough, placed first in the All Around competition with teammates Adam Falzarano & Daniel Bell in second and third place respectively.

In the Senior Open All Around competition, Jay Pery finished fifth and also placed fourth on Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars.

A complete summary of each athlete's results is listed below.

Name Division Floor Pommel Horse Rings Vault Parallel Bars High Bar All Around
Jack Glendenning Level 8 (13 - 15) 12.800 / 3rd 12.550 / 1st 11.950 / 1st 13.500 / 1st 12.600 / 2nd 10.700 / 7th 74.100 / 1st
Brayden James Level 8 (13 - 15) 12.600 / 4th 12.050 / 4th 11.100 / 8th 12.400 / =3rd 12.350 / =3rd 11.300 / 4th 71.800 / 3rd
Rasmus Breth-Petersen Level 8 (13 - 15) 12.100 / =7th 11.500 / 6th 11.700 / 2nd 12.000 / =5th 12.200 / 7th 11.600 / 2nd 71.100 / 4th 
Cory Hitchens Level 8 (13 - 15) 12.900 / =1st 10.800 / 7th 11.200 / 6th 12.000 / =5th 12.350 / = 3rd 11.800 / 1st 71.050 / 5th 
Hayden Greenough Level 8 (16 & O) 12.800 / 1st

12.250 / 3rd

11.950 / 2nd 13.000 / 3rd 13.250 / 1st 11.350 / 2nd 74.600 / 1st
Adam Falzarano Level 8 (16 & O) 12.100 / 5th 12.900 / 1st 11.500 / 3rd 13.600 / 1st 12.400 / 4th 10.800 / 4th 73.300 / 2nd 
Daniel Bell Level 8 (16 & O) 11.800 / 6th 11.500 / 6th 12.050 / 1st 13.100 / 2nd 11.750 / 6th 12.200 / 1st  72.400 / 3rd
Jay Pery Senior Open 13.100 / 6th 11.100 / 4th 12.000 / 7th - 13.100 / 4th - 72.600 / 5th

Unfortunately Caelan Bacon was forced to withdraw from the competition after three apparatus due to illness.

Gymnastics Australia would like to congratulate all of the athletes who took part in the South African Artistic High Performance Nationals.

 

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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