Coach Retirement: Sergei Chinkar

It is with great sadness that we announce that today is Sergei Chinkar’s last day with Gymnastics Australia, after he announced his decision to retire from his position as Senior Coach at the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) National Centre of Excellence (NCE) in Canberra earlier this month. 

Sergei’s decision to retire brings to an end a long and distinguished career as a full-time, elite MAG Coach. Sergei was appointed to the role at the MAG NCE in Canberra in February 2015 and has made significant progress with GA’s future talent, as well as working as part of a team in establishing world-class practices into the daily training environment DTE). 

Sergei has had an outstanding coaching career, with his resume including being the personal coach of Vitaly Scherbo; World All-Around Champion in 1993, six-time Gold Medallist at the 1992 Olympic Games.  Vitaly won gold medals on all six apparatus and All-Around during his career competing at the World Championships (1992-1996), including multiple victories on some apparatus. 

Sergei’s contribution to Men’s Gymnastics in Australia has been enormous with his gymnasts representing Australia at Olympic Games in 2000 (Damian Istria), 2008 (Sam Simpson) and 2012 (Josh Jefferis). His gymnasts also competed for Australia at World Championships from 1999 to 2014, and won Gold Medals in Commonwealth Games in 2006 (Damian Istria, Horizontal Bar) and 2010 (Thomas Pichler, Floor Exercise).

Sergei was the Belarus National Coach (1990-1994), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Gymnastics Head Coach for both Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (1998-2008), and Gymnastics Queensland High Performance Centre Men’s Head Coach (2009-2015). He has been involved in many coaching courses since arriving in Australia in 1995, imparting his knowledge and experience to gymnasts and coaches through the generations. His contributions have been much appreciated. 

Sergei will return to his family in Brisbane at the end of February, but will continue to play a key role in gymnastics particularly in the area of coach education, coach monitoring and athlete coaching, when opportunities are available to do so.

Gymnastics Australia wishes to congratulate Sergei on an outstanding coaching career, and in particular for his contribution to Australian gymnastics.  We can wait to see Sergei continue to remain involved in the Australian gymnastics community in the near future!