New Gymnastics NZ Complaints Policy

Anna Robertsone-News

We are pleased to announce the launch of the revamped Gymnastics NZ complaints policy, with the aim of streamlining the management of complaints and concerns within the gymnastics community. A key project as part of the ‘Shaping the Future of Gymnastics in Aotearoa’ workplan, the new policy is based on feedback from the gymnastics community and is designed to help … Read More

Coach Recognition: Ava Baddeley – XTND Coach and Senior International Gymnast

Anna Robertsone-News

Gymnastics New Zealand is always proud of the contribution of coaches working through the XTND programme. These coaches, aged 13-16 years, are often busy juggling school commitments with their time in the gym. One coach is Ava Baddeley from Capital Gymnastics who is a XTND coach and women’s artistic senior international gymnast. We caught up with Ava who gave us … Read More

Youth Coach Connect sets up a bright future for gymnastics coaching

Anna RobertsonEducation

September and October held the much-anticipated Youth Coach Connect conferences which saw 111 coaches from 26 clubs come together at the Wellington and Auckland events. Last year’s coach development research project showed that both holistic and technical approaches were integral to developing youth coaches, so Youth Coach Connect was created as a platform to drive these two key themes. This … 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