Mozambique added to the list of FIG Academy host countries05/09/2016
The Gymnastics Federation of Mozambique became the 71st FIG member federation to host an Academy. It was a Level 1 Academy for Acrobatic Gymnastics that was held at the Faculty of Physical Education & Sport in the capital city of Maputo.
Mozambique had formerly hosted training sessions for the FIG Age Group Programme but this is the first time for an Academy. It was the 236th Academy overall and the 48th to be held in Africa.
This Academy was approved and organised on short notice in an effort to support the discipline of Acrobatic Gymnastics and the development of Gymnastics in Mozambique and the countries of Africa Zone 3. However, none of the other federations were able to attend.
Ten coaches from Mozambique attended this 14th Acrobatics Academy and brought the total number of different coaches to have attended Acrobatic Academies to 180. The Academy was officially held in the Spanish and English languages, but it turned out that all of the teaching was done in Portuguese because the three experts were fluent in that language as well.
The course leader was Andrea João (centre) of Brazil who has served many times as FIG expert at Academies in all disciplines. She taught all of the theory lectures. Two other experts came to teach at this Academy from Portugal. Lourenço França who coaches the Portuguese National Team and is also a frequent Academy expert. He was joined by first-time Academy expert Ana Úrsula Martins who coaches with the Portuguese Acrobatic team members and recently attended the special seminar hosted by FIG for music and artistry.
The examination at the end of the Academy consisted of a three-part examination that includes a theory examination and two practical examinations involving the teaching of an individual and a pairs acrobatic skill. The results were relatively low which reflected the lack of experience of the participants with this discipline. However, several coaches had good results. The top three results were achieved by Belarmina Uatura, Aristides Nandza, and Keke Munguambe.
Thanks go to the Mozambique Gymnastics Federation of Mozambique for its interest in Acrobatic Gymnastics and for its willingness to host an Academy for the very first time. Professor Edmundo Ribeiro did an amazing job during all of the preliminary communication and preparation and worked tirelessly during the entire Academy to assure that all needs were met and that the Academy would be the huge success that it turned out to be. He was equally active to assure the success of the age group camps that he hosted.
This Academy overlapped with an Academy for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics in Cyprus and one for Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics in Peru.