WAG Open Camp – December 2016

Click here for the December 2016 WAG Open Camp highlights video.

The fourth Gymnastics Australia Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Open Camp was held last month in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).  Forty eight Women's Artistic National Level 7 to 10 gymnasts from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, plus eleven club coaches, four specialist coaches and one Olympian all came together from December 16 to 29.

The clinic was led by National Pathways Coordinator; Spin to Win, Bree Bryant.  Assisting were experienced coaches:

WAG National Coach – Peggy Liddick
GA National Pathways Manger – Jo Richards
Artistic preparation specialist – Stacey Umeh
Master coach – Tae Tyrrel
Special guest Olympian, coach and mentor – Larrissa Miller

The Open Camp is a talent pathways initiative sponsored by the Spin to Win project, with the focus of the camp being a unique high performance training experience for gymnasts, with 17 hours of training over 6 sessions for WAG gymnasts who are National Level 7 and above. The Open Camp also shared information about exciting pathways initiatives including the Spin to Win project and talent transfer and identification opportunities.

In between training sessions the girls utilised the hot and cold spa at the AIS recovery centre, learnt self-massage techniques, participated in athlete and coach workshops, enjoyed the informative Rio Olympic video presentation from Peggy Liddick, and an inspiring talk from dual Olympian Larrissa Miller. Stacey Umeh, our artistic preparation specialist, took the gymnasts through various warm ups, cool downs and some enjoyable and intense ballet sessions.

Coaches were assisted by the specialist coaches on each apparatus. All coaches were great in working together and providing advice to each other, this resulted in an inclusive atmosphere and providing opportunity for coach and athlete development.

During the camp all girls participated in the Physical Testing.  Congratulations to the following girls who excelled to be named the best physically prepared gymnasts for each group:

Level 8+: 1st Karleigh Fraser (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics), 2nd Emily Rampoldi (Caringbah YMCA), 3rd Rebecca Rainey (Woden Valley Gymnastics Club)
Level 7:   1st Abbey Barnett (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics), 2nd Amelia Bastian (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics), 3rd Rhiani Lizemore (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics)

The overall physical test champion was tie with Karleigh Fraser and Abbey Barnett from Maroochy Beach Gymnastics! Well done Karleigh and Abbey!

Well done to the following girls who excelled in the individual tests:

Handstand hold on beam:
Emily Rampoldi (Caringbah YMCA)

Harriet Hunnisett (Caringbah YMCA)
Sara Attard (Caringbah YMCA)
Laila McLennan (Geelong YMCA)
Nina Kesby (Hornsby RSL Youth Club Gymnastics)
Abbey Barnett (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics)

Push Ups:
Leah Rampoldi (Caringbah YMCA)

Cast to Handstands:
Rhiani Lizemore (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics)

Leg Lifts:
Rhiani Lizemore (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics)
Jessica MacDonald (Geelong YMCA)

Rope Climb:
Karleigh Fraser (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics)

Press to Handstand on Beam:

Emily Rampoldi (Caringbah YMCA)

Charlotte Moffat (Hornsby RSL Youth Club Gymnastics)

Chin Ups:
Abbey Barnett (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics)

Standing Board Jump:
Karleigh Fraser (Maroochy Beach Gymnastics)

If your club would like to get involved in the next WAG Spin to Win Open Camp in June, register your interest here.

For further information on Spin to Win, feel free to contact the National Pathways Coordinator; Spin to Win, Bree Bryant, at [email protected].

About Spin to Win

Another objective of the Open Camp was to let the Australia Levels Program community know what the GA High Performance Team, and more specifically the Talent Pathways Team, are doing in the area of Talent Identification and Talent Transfer.

The Spin to Win project is focused these two major areas; Talent ID - identifying talented young athletes at the initial stages of the development pathway and guide them towards quality programs; and Talent Transfer - identifying gymnasts who are leaving (or have recently left) the sport, and present the opportunities to them about other Gymsports, as well as Diving and Aerial Skiing.

Clubs are an important part of the process, as often they are the first to identify the talent. We want every gymnast to reach their full potential, therefore we hope that gymnastics clubs will contact Bree if there is a gymnast at their gym who has potential for High Performance gymnastics or has potential for another sport, so Gymnastics Australia can help guide that gymnast reach their full potential.

Our goal with the Gymnastics Australia Spin to Win project is aiming for as many Gymnastics Australia member gymnasts as possible to have the opportunity to be assessed for high performance potential.