State Squad off to a flying start

Gymnastics WA are committed to providing support, guidance and development opportunities to athletes and coaches to transaction successfully to selection onto a WA representative Team. In order to assist in achieving this goal, we have developed the WA State Squad which aims to create a pathway from club training and preparation to WA Team selection.

In its inaugural year, there are more than 260 athletes a part of the Squad across all six competitive gymsports representing 16 different Western Australian Clubs. Each gymsport is being led by a Head Coach who is responsible for the planning of squad training sessions and activities in collaboration with Gymnastics WA and the gymsport Technical Director.

Over the past couple of weekends, the State Squad has participated in their first activity – a squad training session. For most sports, this included welcoming an interstate Master Coach who assisted to lead the training session and provide athletes and coaches with additional advice in their preparation for the qualification competitions in early 2023.

The WAG squad is being led by Head Coach Katherine Rogers and at their session, they were joined by Gymnastics Australia’s WAG National Development Coach Josh Fabian. Josh led a training rotation on the Uneven Bars, offering advice and guidance to athletes and coaches. The WAG Squad were also joined by Stacey from The Creative Movement Group who led a rotation on Floor focusing on Artistic Preparation.

Krasi Yurukova is leading the RG squad who were joined by Gymnastics Australia’s RG Technical Director Katie Sigsworth for their training session, Katie’s advice was invaluable for the squad athletes focusing on things like difficulty with apparatus, exchange and dynamic element with rotation.

The MAG squad is being led by Head Coach Igor Bespalov who led a training session alongside other WA MAG coaches. The session saw great collaboration between clubs and coaches enabling athletes to get training tips and guidance from alternative coaches to their own in the lead up to competition.

Angela McMillian from Victoria joined the AER squad and dual Head Coaches Cairo Leicester and Zoe Tisdale leading a couple of sessions that honed in on perfecting a number of skills. She also led an artistry portion that encouraged athletes to perform for themselves and how they feel about their music.

Led by Leo Kimble, the TRP squad were joined by NSW Trampoline coach, Dmitri Shostov who encouraged athletes to focus on body position and alignment. He led an energetic, fun warm-up that encouraged athletes to work together to warm-up and build their fitness off the trampoline.

The ACR squad is being led by Debbs van Hagen and were joined by Kim & Shelby Lacey fresh from their Australia’s Got Talent win with Acromazing. Kim and Shelby led two training sessions where they worked with the squad on reviewing and perfecting their skills. They also led conditioning sessions that athletes and coaches can continue to use, improving their fitness, flexibility and movements ahead of competitions.

Gymnastics WA would like to send a massive thanks to Josh, Katie, Angela, Dmitri, Kim and Shelby for travelling over to WA to assist the WA gymnastic community and be a part of the WA State Squad program. A further thanks goes to High Flyers Trampoline & Gymnastics Academy, Northern Districts Gymnastic Club, Peak Trampoline, Vital Gymnastics and West Coast Gymnasts for hosting the sessions.