Tell us about your gymnastics experience

Anna RobertsonShaping Gymnastics

If you have participated in gymnastics this year, we would like to hear about your experience. Delivered by an independent research company through Sport NZ, our voice of participant survey aims to help us and your club understand what is working well and not so well, and to identify areas that need more focus to enable us to better meet … Read More

New Training Guidelines Working Group

Anna RobertsonShaping Gymnastics

We are excited to announce the formation of the Training Guidelines Working Group. This initiative is an important step towards our commitment to enhancing participant well-being and aligning with best practices for long-term athlete development. Working Group OverviewOur call-out to the community resulted in a large number of high-quality applications. Due to the volume and our commitment to ensuring diverse … Read More

Former international gymnast, and current coach and judge Olivia Jöbsis reflects on her time as an athlete specialist on the Gymnastics New Zealand Steering Committee.

Anna RobertsonShaping Gymnastics

In December 2021, I was informed I’d been selected as one of five athlete specialists on the Gymnastics New Zealand Steering Committee. Joining the committee would be another chance to tell my story, and to speak up for others who had suffered harm through participating in gymnastics. I was stoked to get the call up. I was also nervous, and … Read More

Child and Youth Specialist Willow Duffy shares thoughts post-wrap-up of the Steering Committee

Anna RobertsonShaping Gymnastics

‘Safeguarding practices should be as important as having a first aid certificate, and talked about daily.’ Willow Duffy, CEO at Safeguarding Children New Zealand, encourages us all to continue the work initiated by the Steering Committee, where she sat as the Child and Youth Specialist. Please see the video below for Willow’s thoughts and reflections on her time on the … Read More

Media release: Gymnastics Takes Next Step Towards Positive Future as Steering Committee Wraps Up Work

Anna RobertsonMedia Release, Shaping Gymnastics

The Steering Committee tasked with implementing the recommendations of the 2021 independent review into gymnastics in New Zealand has concluded its work having helped drive significant positive change in the sport. While there remains much work to do, strong progress in vital areas such as child safeguarding and athlete voice and inclusion in decision-making were signs the sport was moving … Read More

Elevating Gymnast Wellbeing: Recruiting for the Training Guidelines Working Group

Anna RobertsonShaping Gymnastics

Gymnastics New Zealand is forming a dedicated Working Group that will guide the development of new training guidelines for our gymnasts in Aotearoa. This move is a part of our commitment to improving participant wellbeing and following best practice long-term athlete development. The need for this initiative has been reinforced through the valuable insights from AUT research and feedback from … Read More

Wellness is Key to Sustained High Performance

Anna RobertsonEducation, Shaping Gymnastics

High performance in gymnastics doesn’t have to come at the cost of physical and mental suffering.That was the message American gymnastics coach, strength trainer, and renowned physiotherapist and injury specialist Dr Dave Tilley delivered to an online audience of New Zealand gymnastics coaches during a highly informative recent webinar. This theme was woven through the three lectures in the workshop: … Read More

Size No Barrier to Southern Club’s Aspirations

GNZ AdminShaping Gymnastics

Gymnastics New Zealand is highlighting a range of clubs and the different approaches they’ve taken to promote the safety and wellbeing of gymnastics participants and those who deliver the sport. Our second feature club is Wanaka’s Aspiring Gymsports where  “balance is better” principles are at the heart of their all their programmes. For Wānaka’s Aspiring Gymsports, placing cooperation and community … Read More

Shaping the Future – TriStar’s Focus on wellbeing

GNZ AdminShaping Gymnastics

While Gymnastics NZ has been delivering projects at a national level to address different elements of the ‘Shaping the Future’ work plan, many clubs across the country have been pro-active in reviewing how they operate and making changes in response to the findings of the Independent Review. Over the coming months we will be highlighting a range of clubs and … Read More