Three Trips to Singapore for FIG Judge Tahnee

Tahnee Cowie is one of Western Australia’s highest ranking RG judges, holding her FIG accreditation. Recently, she has returned from three trips to Singapore, two for the Singapore Selection Trials 1 & 2 (selection for Commonwealth Games, Asian Games & Asian Championships) and then once for the Singapore Open.

At the Selection Trials, she acted as a neutral judge, judging difficulty for both the Junior and Senior International levels. At the Singapore Open, she acted as a RG Technical Expert, the Head Judge/Jury for each session as well as judging difficulty for some sessions as required. In this role, she conducted briefings, oversaw scores as they were submitted, reviewed video footage for score enquiries and assisted the Singapore Gymnastics staff with technical enquiries from both judges and coaches.

Her favourite part of the events was meeting new judges from Singapore and South East Asia and being able to build those friendships as she travelled there on three separate occasions over a 6 week period.

For those who would like to travel for a similar role, Tahnee recommends to “get as much experience as possible within Australia”. After retiring as an athlete, Tahnee explained that she “took every opportunity to travel to interstate selection events, trials etc.” She acknowledged that it “may involve self-funded trips to interstate events, but it will expose you to different gymnasts/routine choreographies and different judges” who have all taught her so much over the last 10 years.

Tahnee’s one ‘must know’ tip when judging overseas is to “do your best to try and squeeze in some time to experience something outside of gymnastics! Unfortunately judging trips can very often involve long days in the competition hall, but if you can extend for a day, or arrive a day early, it makes the trip that much more enjoyable!”