2001 has been an extremely busy one for the sport of trampolining. A number of changes took place within the NTTC at the March elections, with Martin Laws joining the committee as DMT representative, and at his first meeting, finding himself also elected as acting Chair! Sue Lawton replaced Bob Richardson, whilst both Peter Heames and Bert Scales decided not to seek re-election on this occasion. Jack Kelly was co-opted to the NTTC, looking after Coaching, whilst Donna Grist found herself being approached to act as Minute Secretary.
It is inevitable that changes sometimes occur, that are not quite as one would expect. However, present members of the NTTC are building on that which was left by their predecessors, to the benefit of the sport as a whole, and in a number of departments, making lots of improvements. Members can be assured that their affairs are being well looked after.
The past twelve months have also seen many honours coming to British Gymnastics, and especially in the sport of Trampolining. Who can forget Claire Wrights individual bronze medal at the World Championships, as well as our ladies team bronze at the same event; or the silver medal won by Claire and Kirsten Lawton in Akita JPN on the occasion of the World Games. Our younger members also had their successes at the Sydney Youth Olympics at the start of the year, as well as the World Age-Group Games, which followed the world championships in Odense DEN, and they ended their competitive year with a sound victory over the German Federation in their annual youth match. There were victories also in the 4 x Countries, as well as the 4 x Nation international matches during the year.
Although the men did not return
home with medals from any of the major events during the year, they
nevertheless excelled themselves in the world championships by featuring in both team and synchronized finals, as well as Paul Smyth and Lee Brearley
qualifying for the World Games Synchronised Final. Lee then had a marvelous Goodwill Games immediately following
In the present World Cup series British names appear in the points table in both individual and synchronized events, which gives us an excellent opportunity for reaching the Finals of the series in November 2002 see additional reports.
DMT is now
a well-structured discipline within British Gymnastics. Hopefully, we will be
entering the first official representative Great Britain DMT team in an
international meeting, the Frivolten
Cup SWE during May 2002, followed by DMT representation, in the annual
Youth match against
It goes without saying that the success of our national squad members has surpassed all of our expectations this year. The efforts of the athletes and their personal coaches, coupled with the work of the national squad coaches, were tremendous. All deserve our grateful thanks.
Our grateful thanks also to Sharon Wood, whilst acting as a national youth squad coach, she
also takes care of
the national squad requirements throughout the year, from the
booking of the venues and the accommodation, to wiping away the tears! Thank
Our Competition, Coaching and Judging sub-committees have been working hard throughout the year on our behalf, and it is pleasing to note how successful our domestic competition programme has been, working under the chair of Sue Lawton. Likewise, the success of the International Trampoline Brevet Course, held at Lillieshall earlier in the year, was a great success, thanks, in the main to the efforts of Mike Phillipson and Peter Heames.
Faced with increasing numbers of athletes and events over recent Olympic Games, with 10.960 accredited athletes in 300 events in Sydney 2000, the following elements were identified as the key priorities in establishing the Olympic Programme for Athens 2004:
The IOC feels that these objectives
have been met in the decisions confirmed by the IOC Executive Board at its
meetings this week. For the
In order to reach a maximum number of 10500 athletes, it was necessary to strictly control the athlete quotas in all sports, and in fact, make a quota reduction in several sports. It was very difficult to allow quota increases within this framework.
Therefore, the IOC Executive Board did not support the requested increase in the number of groups within Rhythmic Gymnastics. However, the IOC is pleased to confirm that in the interest of strengthening the depth of competition in the Olympic Trampoline events, an increase of a total of 8 athletes has been granted.
As there has been no change to Artistic Gymnastics, the IOC confirms that the quota for Trampoline shall increase from 24 to 32, with the resulting increase in the overall gymnastics quota from 304 to 312, and the programme of gymnastics will be maintained for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Furthermore, the IOC informs that the drafted *gymnastics qualification system for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games must be sent to the IOC by the end of October 2001, to be decided by the IOC Executive Board in December 2001, so that detailed qualification system texts will be sent to the NOCs in March 2002.
All change .. as from 1st January 2002 the Welsh will be employing a slightly different grading system in their domestic competition Grade 6 will be called Novice and Grade 5 will be called Intermediate.
Competition Results competition organisers are requested to send copies of results to Bill Freeman for distribution. After certification, copies will then be sent to Craig Bellis for posting on the Jumpers web site.
There is an obligation for coaches to ensure that they hold the appropriate level of qualifications in order to safeguard the participants, and to fulfill insurance criteria. Coaches have a care of duty towards their performers and have a responsibility to ensure that they are both qualified and competent to teach at the appropriate level. The coach also has a duty to ensure that the participant is adequately prepared for the event.
The Silver medal came in the Portuguese event, in a head to head with Irina Karavaeva RUS in the Knockout Final. At the same competition, partnered by Claire Wright, she also won a Bronze medal in the synchronised final. The following week, both girls went one better, taking a very deserved Gold medal in the Russian event.
This has really been a brilliant year for both our trampolinists and tumblers and each and every one of our team members are to be congratulated on their efforts in all of the major events held throughout the year.
It is with great pleasure that I write this report in the closing stages of our year. The efforts of the DMT sub committee should be acknowledged. I am very impressed with the way DMT has been adopted across the country and would recommend further enhancement of the programme, as interest increases.
Actual full syllabus written and approved. First
two levels developed and running. HPC and IPC pending to be completed 1st
quarter of 2002. 42 coaches, 6 HPC (pending) 18 SCC, 20 CC. 24 clubs now have
qualified coaches across 10 regions. 5 Course Directors/Examiners
KPI Target 1 national course 2001, 2 in 2002, develop tutors and examiners. Identify potential tutors. International targets:- existing numbers (11) felt sufficient, but to get levels 1@1. 1@2, 9@3.
Actual DMT and trampoline accepted in the same programme. No progress to date on squad coaches or squad development and integration. DMT introduced a talent monitoring programme and had considerable success at the World Age-Group Games 2001. Funding has been made available for 1 senior competition, plus the inclusion of DMT in the Annual Youth Match versus Germany 2002.
Cathy went to the Palace on Tuesday 27th November to receive her MBE. Of course, this entailed picking an outfit which, for Cathy, would have been simple, but everyone told her she wasnt to go in tracksuit!
First, her family insisted on going through her wardrobe, but could not find anything under 20 years old! However, during the search of her wardrobe, Cathy found a nice skirt she hadnt remembered wearing for at least 15 years, but then she did not have a top to match!
After a number of family rows, she was taken shopping by her sister. One can imagine the scene as outfit after outfit was tried and discarded by Cathy, as being too expensive, or too flashy. Finally, she was persuaded to purchase something that she did not really want.
Next day, on her way to the shop to return the unwanted item she found just what she was looking for. Her family were happy, Cathy was happy all was now okay, and Cathy ready for the big day. The outfit, her mauve velvet skirt, her judging shoes (no sandals allowed) and wait for it a £2.95 top she had found in an Oxfam shop!