The Gymnastics WA Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Team Future Squad has been established to foster the development and success of West Australian WAG athletes in international competition. It also contributes to Gymnastics Australia’s and Gymnastics WA’s priorities in developing coach and club capacity to undertake High Performance programs, and support targeted athletes to ensure progress along the High Performance pathway.
Attendance at Team Future Camps will be invitation only and demonstrates a reward for the gymnast's hard work and progress. Team Future activities encompass a holistic development program for the young gymnasts. The camp includes both technical skill development and athlete/coach leadership education and development. Senior Coaches are selected as 'Master Coaches", to mentor developing coaches throughout the camp. The philosophy behind the Team Future Camp is to develop athletes who meet the age requirements tracking towards International Levels whilst upskilling their coaches with educational workshops.
The camp will be a two day camp, with both athlete skill development and coach education sessions. The camp will include the following components:
- Physical Testing
- Dance & Expression Workshop
- Turns, Jumps & Leaps Workshop
- Skill Circuits
- Coach Professional Development Workshops
Date - 27th - 28th September 2018
Venues - State Gymnastics Centre & Northern Districts Gymnastics Centre
Cost - $250 per athlete
Schedule - To be released shortly
Includes - Athletes to receive Team Future Bike Shorts
The physical testing champions will be crowned per level and will receive a High Achiever prize!
Club coaches must attend the camp with their athletes and will have the opportunity to develop their skills throughout the camp and educational workshops. Club coaches must hold an Advanced Module One or above coaching accreditation.
Coaches who do not have an athlete selected to attend the camp, may still attend as an Observer Coach for a fee. This allows the coach to learn whilst observing the athlete development sessions and also participating in the coach education workshops. Please read the Team Future Selection Criteria & Guidelines for further information regarding Observer Coaches.
Master Coach Profiles
Crystal Yeo - Crystal began her gymnastics career as an elite WAG athlete however had a tough run with injuries. Her persistence and hard work was evident and was offered a five year scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport. Despite her demanding schedule, Yeo actually took up coaching at the age of 14, to supplement her training. In 2009, Yeo moved back to Adelaide and continued training and coaching. Prior to elite coaching, Yeo spent most of her coaching hours with recreational classes, giving her a great understanding of to development from recreation to high performing. Yeo completed a Bachelor in Human Movement, Honours in Health Science with a Major in Sports Psychology - including a research project done in partnership with Gymnastics Australia. Crystal moved to Melbourne in 2017 and is now currently coaching at Hawthorn Gymnastics Club, developing the centre from recreation to developing a strong junior development program. Yeo top scored at the FIG WAG Level 2 Academy Course at the AIS, with a score of 97%. Crystal is a very enthusiastic and motivated coach, showing her passion and ambition to improve not only the skill and technique of Australian athletes but also striving to upskill coaches in the development pathway.
Katherine Rogers - Katherine also began gymnastics as an athlete, training at Western Australian Institute of Sport for 8 years. Unfortunately, an injury caused Katherine to finish her competitive gymnastics career however this injury was a blessing in disguise as it jump started her coaching career. Katherine has coached everything from Kindy, Club Levels development at Northern Districts Gymnastics Club (NDGC) however always knowing her passion was in competitive gymnastics. Katherine was promoted to the WAG Head Coach position at NDGC for two years and decided she wanted to further challenge herself. Katherine took on a role of Development Coach at the National Centre of Excellence - Perth, where she coaches National Level 6 - 9 and Future International athletes. Katherine is hugely passionate about developing athletes from a young age, focusing on basic skill development and understanding.
Attendance at Team Future Camps will be invitation only and demonstrates a reward for the gymnast’s hard work and progress. All eligible gymnasts are considered when determining invitations for any Team Future activities. To be eligible for an invitation to a Team Future camp, the gymnast must:
- Completed in below level for the 2018 competition season & born in following year:
- Level 4 (2010 or 2011)*
- Level 5 (2010 or 2011)*
- Level 6 (2009 or 2010)*
- Level 7 (2007 – 2009)
- Level 8 (2006 – 2008)
- Level 9 (2006 – 2007)
*Level 4 – 6 athletes must reach a minimum score of 34.00 at one of the following competitions:
- WAG Judges Invitational
- Perth International
For further information regarding the selection criteria, please read the Team Future Selection Criteria & Guidelines, below.
1. Athletes who meet the selection criteria will receive an invitation to the Team Future Camp via email, including their club to ensure suitable coaches are available to attend with their athletes. Athletes in Level 4 - 6 who meet the selection criteria will receive an invitation via email soon after the two qualification events - WAG Judges Invitational or Perth International.
2. Invited athletes must complete the Nomination Form and return to Gymnastics WA, together with payment, by 5pm on Friday 7th September 2018.
3. Once all Nomination Forms are received, all correspondence will be via the supplied email address on the Nomination Form and also the athlete's club. Information regarding the camp and physical testing will be sent to the club prior to the camp to allow for suitable preparation time.
Team Future Guidelines & Forms