Gymnastics WA was proud to deliver the first Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Future Camp on the 27th – 28th September. Twenty-five athletes, from eleven clubs, and their club coaches attended a two day camp featuring circuit training, physical testing, dance and leaps/turns workshops and a coach development session.
The Camp was headed up by two Master Coaches; Crystal Yeo from Hawthorn Gymnastics Club (VIC) and Katherine Rogers from National Centre of Excellence – Perth (WA). With Katherine’s expertise and understanding of WA athletes and Crystal’s fresh ideas and focus on coach development, the camp had clear direction and encouraged positive growth.
The club coaches took control of the circuit training at Northern Districts Gymnastics Club, moving from one apparatus to the next. Crystal and Katherine offered assistance and guidance for each group, correcting technique and posing different drills to coaches, bringing each skill back to the basics.
After a lunch break, the girls travelled to the State Gymnastics Centre for Physical Testing and two workshops – Dance/Expression and Dance, Leaps & Jumps delivered by industry experts Stacey Umeh and Krasi Yurukova, respectively. The Physical Testing challenged the athlete’s strength, conditioning and flexibility, with ‘High Achiever’ awards being presented to the highest ranked athletes per level.
Congratulations to the following ‘High Achievers’:
The second day started with a surprise guest – Olympian and Ninja Warrior, Olivia Vivian! Olivia sat down with the girls and chatted about her gymnastics journey, with the ups and downs, focusing on the importance of nutrition and drive. The girls had the opportunity to ask Olivia some questions and also a quick photoshoot before getting back into another circuit training at NDGC.
The camp wrapped up with a coach development session with Master Coach, Crystal. This session was a simple debrief of the camp, answering any questions the club coaches had as well as sharing relevant tools and information to assist our coaches in day to day coaching. Crystal gave some examples of what she has learnt when coaching in different programs, whether it be high performance or recreation, emphasising that coaches can always learn from each other, no matter the scenario.
Gymnastics WA would firstly like to thank both Katherine Rogers and Crystal Yeo for taking on the roles of Master Coaches – and did an exceptional job! Secondly, thank you to the athletes, coaches and clubs who supported the camp. We look forward to running more in 2019 and beyond!