20 July 2018. After dedicating more than 33 years to the sport of gymnastics, Robert Liefeldt has retired as both a judge and a coach.
Robert spent most of his career coaching and judging for the Centurion Gymnastics Club under the watchful eye of Gerhard Ferreira. During his time there, he worked his way up through the ranks of gymnast to coach and judge.
Robert first qualified as an International Brevet Judge in 1993 and has maintained his brevet status for six Olympic cycles, twenty four years! His dedication to judging saw him being invited by the FIG to judge not once, but twice at the Olympic Games. This is truly a testament to Robert’s judging ability and integrity.
Robert’s impressive judging resume boasts the following:
- Two Olympic Games
- Four Commonwealth Games
- Five World Championships
- An Asian Championship
- Numerous International events
At the SAGF Awards Evening on the 7th July 2018, where select members of the gymnastics fraternity were presented with various awards; Robert was presented with a MAG Special Award for his massive contribution to MAG. The MAG Technical Committee honoured Robert by saying “We wish to thank Robert Liefeldt for the legacy he leaves for SAGF MAG judging and for the countless sacrifices made to represent his country and serve the South African men’s artistic community.”
The South African Gymnastics Federation would like to thank Robert for his tireless efforts to raise the standard of MAG gymnastics and judging in South Africa and acknowledge the incredible contributions made by him over the years.
Please download and read Robert’s article publication: Blame It On Nadia by Robert Liefeldt.