First FIG Age Group Coach Camp for NZ

Anna Robertsone-News, Education

FIG recently introduced the Age Group Programme to Oceania.  This is a three-day development and competition program for age group athletes up to the junior international level.  This was held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. The programmes include a testing program for physical preparation, a testing program for technical preparation on or with all apparatus including dance; … Read More

Worldwide Youth Leadership Opportunities – Where Could Gymnastics Take You?

Anna Robertsone-News, XTND Youth Leadership Programme

Traditionally an OE (Overseas Experience) meant heading to the United Kingdom (particularly London) and working any job possible to raise funds to go travelling. For a variety of reasons including changes to visa laws, this is now changing. Young people are looking for a direction and purpose to their travel and the growth of leadership opportunities and training within gymnastics … Read More

New 2017 Course Presenters

Anna Robertsone-News, Education, XTND Youth Leadership Programme

Over the weekend of 22-23 April, Dunedin played the perfect host for the Gymnastics NZ Presenter Training course with absolutely stunning weather all weekend. The Gymnastics NZ Education Programme is delivered by a wide range of presenters from within our gymnastics community. These presenters are located all over the country enabling us to host courses across all regions. Each year … Read More

Well Travelled Auckland XTND Graduate – Tamara

Anna RobertsonAuckland-Northland, e-News, Regional, XTND Youth Leadership Programme

Tamara Maher (current Gymnastics NZ AUT Intern) started in the world of Gymnastics at the very young age of 18 months old taking part in play gym classes. She moved on to gym for all classes and although family circumstance meant she stopped gymnastics at the age of 7, her love for the sport stayed with her. At 16 Tamara … Read More

XTND Update – Auckland-Northland

Anna RobertsonAuckland-Northland, e-News, XTND Youth Leadership Programme

XTND is well underway for 2017 in Auckland and Northland. In Northland seventeen new young coaches started the XTND programme and in Auckland nine coaches have started with their first module Group Management. Twelve Auckland and eleven Northland students have started their second year of the XTND programme by completing the Competent Coach module in term 1. The coordinators in … Read More

XTND to Camp America and Back

Anna RobertsonCentral-Wellington, e-News, XTND Youth Leadership Programme

Danielle Jellicoe has life-long involvement with gymnastics from being a competitive Women’s Artistic athlete to Wellington XTND Graduate and now as the Head Coach at Kapiti GymSports (FIG Level 2 Senior Coach). Danielle believes that the XTND programme helped her to break out of her shell, and meet lots of new friends from other gym clubs who she remains friends … Read More

Post-Course Assignment – Group Sessions

Anna RobertsonCentral-Wellington, e-News, Education

After attending the Elementary Coach course recently, three enthusiastic young coaches chose to take a day out from work/their school holiday to come together and complete their Elementary Coach post-course assignment. Sarah Fleming, Alanah Goldingham and Jessica Rice came to the Pelorus Trust Sports House on 27 April armed with their videos and completed their assignments. All three coaches commented … Read More

XTND Celebrates 30 Years

Anna RobertsonAuckland-Northland, Central-Wellington, e-News, Education, Midlands, Regional, South Island, XTND Youth Leadership Programme

2017 is a significant year for the GymSports New Zealand XTND Youth Leadership Programme (XTND), previously known as Coach-In-Training (CIT), as the programme turns 30. As documented in the 1988 – 1989 New Zealand Gymnastics Annual report, the original CIT pilot course was established by Mary Barbour in 1987 as a trial and had four C.I.T’s complete accreditation in October … Read More

A Chat with Carole – XTND Coordinator

Anna RobertsonAuckland-Northland, e-News, Education, Regional, XTND Youth Leadership Programme

As part of our XTND 30th Anniversary celebrations, we are chatting with a range of people who have been through the XTND programme (or CIT, Coach-In-Training, as it was originally known).  In this edition of e-News, we talk to XTND Coordinator Carol Petrie about her extensive involvement with the CIT and XTND programmes. Which clubs have you been involved with … Read More

Upcoming Courses & Events – Auckland-Northland

Anna RobertsonAuckland-Northland, Competitive Gymnastics, e-News, Education, Member Updates, Regional

Competition season is about to kick into full swing and there are education courses galore.  WAG, MAG and RG have judging courses in Whangarei, Auckland and Hamilton with XTND modules open for registration also. Check out this summary of all upcoming events and courses in the Auckland-Northland region. Registration for all courses is done online – go to the Education … Read More