11 December 2018

Ben Barnard

I was fortunate to have been selected as one of the 18 attendees on the WAG FIG 3 Coaching Academy held in Canberra from the 15th to 22nd of November. Theoretical lectures were instructed by Hardy Fink, Ignacio Grande and Shayne Hanks in the fields of biomechanics, injury prevention, planning, talent identification and psychology. Practical lectures were run by previous Australian National Coach, Peggy Liddick and five time France Olympic Coach Eric Boucharin. It was a very busy schedule with morning theory and afternoon practical lectures, but the course was such a valuable experience. I was extremely excited to have passed the course with the highest course marks and attain the WAG High Performance Coaching Accreditation.

I could not have attended the course without the assistance of the Gymnastics Western Australia High Performance grant and also for my club, Northern Districts Gymnastic Club. I wish to thank Gymnastics WA and NDGC for their financial assistance in attending this exceptional professional development opportunity.

Written by Ben Barnard
Northern Districts Gymnastics Club


13 December 2018

Brenton Treacher

Recently I attended the FIG 3 coaching course with 5 other Western Australian coaches from the 15th to the 22nd of November. It was an incredibly rich and fulfilling learning experience encompassing theory lectures covering Biomechanics, Injury Prevention, Long-term Planning, Talent Identification, Communication and Apparatus mechanics. These lectures were presented by leaders in their field, Hardy Fink, Ignacio Grande and Shayne Hanks. The MAG specific practical lectures were presented by Andrei Levitt coach of Olympic Champion on Vault Leszek Blanik. The course was very demanding with days in excess of 12 hours across the theory and practical lectures with the weeklong course culminating with a 10-minute skill presentation in front of our peers to determine 60% of our final exam marks. I am very proud to have achieved 94% as an overall mark and achieved the high-performance coaching accreditation.

I would not have been able to attend the course without the support of the Gymnastics Western Australia High Performance Grant and Northern Districts Gymnastic Club. I look forward to the impact this professional development will have on our state with the experience of 5 new High-Performance coaches working among our ranks.

Written by Brenton Treacher
Northern Districts Gymnastics Club


Ashleigh Lyons

I was selected to attend the FIG level 3 course, as one of 6 candidates from Western Australia. While the demands of the week were extremely high mentally, I had the best experience I have ever had in a professional development sense.

The FIG experts including Hardy Fink, Ignacio Grande and Eric Boucharin were nothing short of inspiring. I could not have asked for a better mentor/presenter in Eric (Olympic Coach from France). It became clear early on that Eric shares the same values as what I want to see in myself as a coach, and what we are trying to develop at NDGC. His knowledge was unreal, and I learnt so much from him in such a short period of time. All presenters made it an enjoyable experience by being approachable, and constantly offering support to the candidates.

Not only was this a great learning opportunity, but it was also a great opportunity to build relationships with other coaches from around the country, and around the world.

I have certainly returned from this course exceptionally motivated, and keen to share the knowledge I gained through my athletes and the other coaches within the club and state.

What a week. Thank you to Gymnastics WA for providing additional funding to attend the course through the High Performance Grant.

Written by Ashleigh Lyons
Northern Districts Gymnastics Club

Amanda Deurloo

I was recently selected to attend the FIG 3 Academy Course held at the AIS Canberra from 15th – 22nd November 2018. I was one of 6 Candidates from WA and I am extremely proud that our state was represented at this higher level.

This was one of the most challenging weeks I have ever experienced however the knowledge I gained was invaluable and the coach friendships gained made the course an exciting and enjoyable experience.

FIG experts included Hardy Fink, Ignacio Grande and Eric Boucharin. These presenters were truly inspiring and constantly offered support and extra knowledge to all candidates. I have returned to Perth with even more motivation, more self-confidence as a higher level coach and mentally stronger!!

I have already started to share my knowledge with athletes and the other coaches within the club and state.

Also having an athlete (Taya Lewis-Smith) representing our club as a demonstrator was an amazing opportunity. Not only did we get to work with her with new techniques, she was also able to work with Eric Boucharin (French Olympic Coach).

Thank you to Gymnastics WA for providing additional funding to attend the course through the High Performance Grant. I am extremely Grateful to have had this opportunity.