Belgium hosts the 12th FIG Academy for Acrobatic Gymnastics10/08/2015
Belgium hosted the twelfth FIG Academy for Acrobatic Gymnastics in the picturesque city of Ghent during the last week of July. The technical lectures were held in the wonderful facilities of the High Performance Gymnastics Hall (Topsporthal) in Ghent. This was a Level 2 Academy, and it was combined with an Academy for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics held in the same venue at the same time. Some of the experts were shared between the two Academies.
Fifteen coaches representing seven countries – Belgium, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Netherlands and USA – participated in this Academy. Of them, Finland, Hungary, Israel and Netherlands attended an Academy for Acrobatic Gymnastics for the first time and that brings to thirty-four the number of federations that have attended an FIG Academy for this discipline.
The course leader was Lourenço França of Portugal who coaches the Portuguese National Team and has been a frequent Academy expert. He served simultaneously as the course leader for the concurrent Academy for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and all of the theory lectures and helped with the acrobatic technical lectures. The main technical expert was Belgian national coach Sergey Treyakov. Renowned acrobatic and women’s choreographer, Irina Shadrina of Russia who works with both Belgian teams taught the choreography lessons for both disciplines. Lilia Ortiz López of Mexico was there to serve as technical lecturer for the women’s Academy but also taught the newly developed music lectures for the acrobatic coaches as well.
The three-part examination proved quite challenging because not many participants were very familiar with this discipline. The examination includes a theory examination and a two-part practical examination where the candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach an individual element and a group element. However, most achieved satisfactory results and some received excellent results. Tom Boons of Belgium received the highest mark of 92%. He was followed by Marie Annonson of the USA and by Dora Meleg of Hungary.
We thank the Belgium Gymnastics Federation and its President Jacqueline Herbrand for providing everything necessary to host this academy successfully. We need to give a special thanks to Els Coppieters who worked for many weeks to assure that everything was organized perfectly.
This Academy ended on August 2 and begins the start of an extremely busy month for the FIG Academy programme. A Trampoline Gymnastics Academy followed directly in the Netherlands which itself overlapped with another Academy for Trampoline Gymnastics in Bolivia. Immediately afterwards an Academy for Artistic Gymnastics will be held in Norway followed by a Foundations of Gymnastics course in Nepal. Also organised by the FIG Academy Programme during August are two training camps in Zone 2 of the African Gymnastics Union (UAG) – a training camp for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in Senegal and a training camp for Aerobic Gymnastics in Congo.