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I seem to have written for an age now, that integration with British Gymnastics is almost complete! I cannot say that the process has been easy. However, I can now report that we are now integrated. Yes, that fateful day has arrived where we are now fully integrated into the Gymnastics family!
I choose the title of this article for a specific reason. It sums up so much of what we were, and now are. The BTF and British Gymnastics were both successful organisations in their own right. The beauty is that their success was in mainly different aspects of their respective sports. Now we are integrated, the strong points of both organisations compliment the whole, rather than conflict. Truly, we should now be able to go from 1 to 2, in terms of delivery, as a unified National Governing Body.
Trampoline has undoubtedly been the major contributor and has been rewarded with further enhancements to the World Class Programme, as featured elsewhere in this Newsletter. This has been achieved without the major media coverage that is enjoyed by the accepted “big 7” governing bodies, like football and rugby.
What is less understood, is that British Gymnastics is far from being as wealthy. Perhaps it should be – but it isn’t. We are ravaged by the spiraling cost of sport like Insurance, and professional pressures on mainly voluntary sport. Yet together, we have survived. A feat I am convinced neither body could have achieved separately for much longer.
There are many ways to achieve the end result of the equation in my title i.e. 1½ + ½ but this should not be our objective. Equality, recognition and balance should be everyone’s goal for our future plans. I am adamant that trampolining is neither swallowed nor sidelined. However, we must also play our part
In the partnership. We must consider ourselves within a new family just as if we were married into it. Care about it. Protect it, and contribute like every other member. It is time for trampolinists to show what they can achieve in terms of organisation, commitment and contribution to the whole.
We can no longer sit back in the shadows, hoping to be left alone. We must make our mark on the face of our new sport and etch it in stone. Yes, this era is more expensive. Yes, we have to consider other disciplines now. However, there is much to be gained.
We must ferociously route out the benefits. Reduce problems, and display our successes. If we don’t, we will be the silent partner, gain nothing, wilt and die. If we do, the sky is the limit…it’s the old favourite “you have to be in it to win!”
The following serving members were re-elected to the National Trampoline Technical Committee (NTTC) for a further period of two years; and until 2005, during the British Gymnastics Technical Elections, held at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall on Sunday 26th January 03:
Great Britain Trampoline gymnasts feature prominently in the latest World Ranking List issued by the FIG. In Trampoline, Claire Wright (105 points) and Kirsten Lawton (10 points) are in 6th and 14th placing respectively, whilst both ladies are in equal 1st place (275 points) in the ladies synchro list. In the men’s individual listing, Lee Brearley is in 10th place with 50 points. Lee and Paul Smyth are in 6th place in the men’s synchro list with 80 points, whilst Mark Alexander and Simon Milnes join them in the list in 11th equal place with 30 points.
Our Tumbling friends Robert Small and Ross Gibson sit 3rd (160 points) and 6th (75 points) respectively in the men’s table, whilst Kathryn Peberdy is at the top of the leader board in the ladies event with a total of 250 points.
With a lack of a major DMT events during the current year; and in an effort to obtain much needed international experience after their recent success in the European Championships, our senior DMT team of 3 x officials and 8 gymnasts will journey to Sines, Portugal to participate in the Portuguese National DMT Championships, which are being held on the 3rd and 4th May. The visit is also seen as part of the selection process towards the World Championships in October.
The Portuguese National DMT
Championships are recognised throughout
If you haven’t seen a copy of the revised Code of Practice (2001) please obtain one from British Gymnastics. We are shortly going to update it again soon. I would welcome any suggestions regarding updating it.
A team of 3 Officials and 5
gymnasts will participate in the BI-annual Aalsmeer Flower Cup, NED during 14-15 March, with the party
HPC 2003 – the dates are likely to be – a weekend in July after the Nationals (not to clash with the World-Class Start/Potential trials), a weekend in October and one in November, to avoid the Grade competitions. The examination, after 50 hours mentoring, will probably be in March 2004. Venue will probably be in the eastern region.
A delegation 47 members of British Gymnastics, including support staff, depart for the British Olympic Association Training Camp in Barcelona ESP on Sunday 9th February for a two week training camp, returning on Monday 24th.
The camp is being held at the Catalan National Centre, outside
Unfortunately, due to the dates of the Artistic World Championships it will not be possible for our delegation to train there at the same time of the year in 2004. It is also likely that this will be the only opportunity for the British delegation to train in a multi-discipline camp prior to the Olympic Games, and therefore it is a vital part of the Team GB acclimatisation to the environment and facilities available in CAR.
After the results of the Men’s Individual Final in the recent World Cup Finals, held in Hanover GER last November, the FIG TR TC found it necessary to write to the members of the judges panel of that particular event. Amongst a number of ‘observations’, it was pointed out that “FIG judges should, as the athletes do, train and prepare more before they are entered into a FIG event. Even obtaining excellent results at international or intercontinental courses, training is vital to keep up to the standard of our best athletes”.
As a member
of the FIG TR TC I endorse completely these sentiments, and would urge (I am
certain that they already do so already) my international judging colleagues
British international judges are highly regarded throughout the world of gymnastics. However, I believe that there is a also a requirement for an ongoing training programme, as well as additional judging courses at the highest level of the sport to maintain this standard. Ed.
Following the recent World Class Potential and Start testing, the first official squad of trampolinists has been nominated to Sport England. They will shortly be receiving the first installment of their Athlete Personal Awards, which are designed to contribute towards the cost of their participation in the programme.
In addition to the designation of the High Performance Centres and appointment of two National Coaches, the grant of £200.000 from Sport England will enable significant enhancements to the competition and training programme of the most talented performers.
In line with the other disciplines, in recognition of the contribution being made by many clubs to the success of the sport, further British Gymnastics High Performance Centres have been nominated. This initial list has been prepared in consultation with the NTTC, but further clubs may be added on application:
Gymnastics, having enjoyed increasing
international recognition and success in trampolining, have recently been
advertising for two HPC National coaches for the discipline, to work under
the Technical Director and in close co-operation with support staff based at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, National Squad Coaches and the
English Institute of Sport staff, with a Renumeration
Package of: £24,896-£28,505. Contract period:
The positions will be based at High
Performance Centres to be situated in
The National Coach also has to have excellent technical skills and have good communication and administrative skills and be familiar with MS software. Evidence of a strong desire to contribute towards ongoing success of the World Class Programme and be totally committed to British Gymnastics is essential.
Gymnasts who would wish to be considered to compete in TRA TUM or DMT at this event are requested to contact Sharon Wood, 2 Brerewood, Earley, Reading, Berkshire RG6 5UH for an application form, which has then to be returned to
Selection criteria for those applying for the Tumbling team will be advised by Matei Todorov, and there will be a minimum of three compulsory competitions in which all applicants will have to compete. Tumbling clubs will be sent this information shortly.
The 2003 Conference attracted a large audience from across all disciplines and each lecture was well attended, starting with Sue Campbell, CEO Youth Sports Trust who gave an insight into the Governments plans for English Sports in the future, but of little or no interest to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Trampoline’s own John Beer began the Saturday morning practical session in the King George VI hall, choosing as his theme “Twisting and Turning” covering all disciplines. This was followed by an interesting presentation by John Atkinson on a “World Class Update Review of 2002”.
Octavian Belu (Romania) Head National Coach, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Ranked Number 1 women’s coach in the world, gave practical sessions on both the Saturday and Sunday on “vault – physical preperation” and “Bar dismounts and training theory of physical preperation” Note: a further article on this event appears later. Ed.
Following last years successful Technical Assembly, BG have fixed the dates to reoccur at the same time every year. It was hoped that Trampolinists would tune into the opportunities presented at this event, and although more attended this year, it is clear that the message is taking a while to filter through. So for those who missed out I thought I would give a quick run down of the event.
Friday evening started with the keynote speaker Sue Campbell CEO of Youth Sports Trust and advisor to the Minister of Sport. Sue as always was inspirational, talking about the huge changes to come over the next five years in sport, but bringing them into context for our coaches and clubs. Amongst many things will be employment for 2000+ specialist coaches to work with clubs and schools and £70m for club development.
Education is to benefit the most with 22,200 new sports positions. The whole country has now copied the five-tier trampoline coaching model and transferable skills will be strongly featured in coach education.
Saturday opened with John Beer, Mark Alexander and Gary Smith taking a captivating look at twisting and rotation. John stressed the need for strong early preparation of techniques for skills shown from basic jumping right up to rudi out triffus! Vision and physical preparation featured throughout and indeed in later presentations.
Unfortunately, not all regions/home nations sent representatives, but Scotland, Wales, South East, North East, North West and West Midlands enjoyed some frank and open debates on the issues surrounding integration with BG. From this debate, the NTTC gained a much clearer picture of the regional/home nation issues. From the represented regions/home nations, it was clear that they had built a strong base for local trampolinists and those Technical Committees were congratulated by the NTTC for their sterling work.
Teaching, as well as Biomechanics and FIG Age Group systems. Speakers from Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria, some now living and working in the UK, brought an International flavour of excellence to the Assembly.
An exhibition allowed delegates to talk to many manufacturers (Continental, Milano, Niels Larsen, Elite International, Magnetic Performance, FMS Ltd – Physio Supplies and The Zone), a number of which I never even knew existed! I even managed to purchase a few “goodies” for the gym…
Along with the funding, the composition of all squads (after the Feb squad) will be changed. The Youth Squad will comprise all WCS & WCPot (under 17) along with those that have reached squad criteria and not funded. The Senior Squad will comprise WCPot (17 and over) and WCPer plus any others who have reached the squad criteria and not funded. This does give us large numbers in the Youth and may necessitate split venues. All squads will now be Friday – Sunday. Those in the Youth Squad, funded on WC programmes, will have three extra one-week training camps; one at Easter, one in the summer, plus one international camp, also during the summer holidays.
Sport Scotland has now refused to support Start Programmes. This leaves Caitlin Thompson, one of our up and coming juniors, with no personal award. Sport England has agreed to fund her on the Start Programme. However, she will have to find the finances to attend all programme events!