The second and third introduction camps for the FIG Trampoline Age Group Development and Competition Programme were held simultaneously on two continents on April 3 – 5, 2017. One was hosted by South Africa for the countries in that region and another in Argentina for the countries of South America.
With the funding support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the FIG invited the member federations of southern Africa to attend this Age Group Training Camp with one of its Trampoline Gymnastics coaches or technical leaders with full funding from the FIG.
Twenty Trampoline Gymnastics coaches from Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe and thirteen of their personal gymnasts attended this 3-day training camp. One of the coaches had Bulgarian citizenship. The camp was hosted on April 3 – 5 in the facilities of Eversdal Gymnastics club in Cape Town.
The technical expert for this introduction camp was Christophe Lambert who is the High Performance Director for France, a member of the FIG Technical Committee for Trampoline Gymnastics and a member of FIG Trampoline working groups for the Academy and age group programmes. He presented all of the technical components of the age group testing and competition programme. Hardy Fink served as camp leader and presented additional theory lectures to enhance the understanding and education of the participating coaches and presented the FIG philosophy regarding intensive training of children and how to improve quality and prevent injuries.
The FIG thanks the South African Gymnastics Federation and the President, Elizabeth Cameron-Smith and her staff for providing everything necessary to host this age group camp successfully. Mark Mkorongo was constantly available to assure all of the needs were met to make for a successful camp. Executive Director Tseko Mogotsi was also present and did all of the advance communication and organisation. South Africa has now hosted seven age group camps for four disciplines as part of its long-term commitment to coach education. They will follow this camp with academies for Trampoline, Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
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