Judges Requalify for New Cycle

Anna RobertsonCompetitive Gymnastics, e-News, Education, International, Member Updates

Over the past few months judges have been representing New Zealand at Intercontinental and International Judging courses around the world. All judges have to requalify due to changes which FIG makes at the end of each Olympic Cycle (four years). To undertake an international course, judges must have, at minimum, been at the highest level domestically for a number of years. The judges have been studying for months in preparation for comprehensive theory and practical exams. Since November, the following judges have represented New Zealand:

Lance Henry and Janine Glover in Bulgaria

MAG Intercontinental Judging Course – Slovakia – November 2016
• Gareth Brettell – Tri Star Gymnastics
• Ken Bow – Mid Island Gymsports

WAG Intercontinental Judging Course – Spain – December 2016
• Michelle Woolf – Hutt Valley Gymsports
• Esther Hyde – Christchurch School of Gymnastics

RG Intercontinental Judging Course – January 2017- Azerbaijan
• Marnie Sterner – Xtreme RhythmiX

TRA Intercontinental Judging Course – January 2017 – Bulgaria
• Janine Glover – Icon Trampoline
• Lance Henry – Icon Trampoline
• Philip Henry – Icon Trampoline

Cameron Beeton, Matt Palmer and Toby Levine in Australia.

MAG International Judging Course – January 2017 – Australia
• Matthew Palmer – Tri Star Gymnastics club
• Campbell Main – Counties Manukau Gymnastics
• Cameron Beeton – North Harbour Gymnastics
• Toby Levine – Christchurch School of Gymnastics

ACRO International Judging Course – January 2017 – Australia
• Kym Lacey – Independent (resident Australia)

AER International Judging Course – January 2017 – Australia
• Cath Thomson – Gymnastica
• Bronte Collucio – Aspire Aerobics

NZ WAG judges with the Australian Course Presenters

WAG International Judging Course – February 2017 – Australia
• Shirley Baker – Waitara
• Hayley Jury – Waitara
• Michelle Bow – Mid Island Gymsports
• Debbie Elliott – Pandas
• Avril Enslow – Christchurch School of Gymnastics
• Jacqui Godfrey – Counties Manukau
• Michele Hawke – Christchurch School of Gymnastics
• Tracy Sharp – Capital
• Nyssa Winchester – Timaru Gymnastic Club

It takes great drive and commitment to judge at an international level and we congratulate everyone on their efforts. Most are still awaiting their results due to a hold up in processing at FIG.

Coming up in March are the final two international Courses that New Zealand will be sending participants to. This includes the Rhythmic Gymnastics International Judging Course in Auckland and the Trampoline International Judging Course in Australia. Good luck to these judges. We know you will do us proud.