The Gymnastics WA Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Team Future Squad has been established to foster the development and success of West Australian MAG 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 one day camp, with both athlete skill development and coach education sessions. The camp will include the following components:
- Physical Testing
- Skill Development
- Apparatus Circuits
- Coach Professional Development Workshops
Date - 5th & 6th October 2019 (afternoon sessions)
Venues - High Flyers Trampoline & Gymnastics Academy
Cost - $150 per athlete
Schedule - To be released shortly
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
Mitchell Skippen - We are pleased to introduce Mitchell from Sydney as one of the Master Coaches for the WA MAG Team Future Camp. Mitchell began his gymnastics career in 2000 where he represented 3 different state at a National Level as well as competed internationally before retiring as a Level 9 Under 16 athlete. Mitchell then began coaching in 2010 at the age of 16, where he developed a successful boys program, from 4 development athletes to 40 athletes, 90% of which are now competing in the age/elite stream. Mitchell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Team Future Camp and we are excited to share this with our athletes and coaches.
Igor Bespalov - We are pleased to announce that Igor Bespalov will be the second Master Coach for the WA MAG Team Future Camp. Igor is a long standing elite level MAG Coach in WA. He has coached athletes to selections into Nationals Teams, The Japan Junior International and Austrian Future Cups. He has attended numerous national competitions and Junior National squad camps and has had the highest achieving athlete for 2018 winning all around in Level 8/Under. His extensive knowledge has also allowed him to be selected by Gymnastics Australia as Master Coach at the 2015 MAG Team Future Camp as well as presenter for the FIG 2 Academy Course in December 2017.
Please see the Gymnastics WA Squads & Camps Guidelines.
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.
2. Invited athletes must complete the online Nomination Form and return to Gymnastics WA, together with payment.
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