An Acrobatic pioneer turns 80!18/02/2014
Lausanne (SUI), FIG Office, February 18, 2014: On February 19, 2014, Konrad Zielinski will celebrate his 80th birthday. An honorary FIG member and former President of the IFSA (former Acrobatic Federation) Technical Committee, this legendary figure in Polish gymnastics has long been a pioneer in international sport acrobatics.
Having graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw in 1957, he taught the discipline for 10 years, starting early on in his career. During that time he trained several classes of artistic gymnastic coaches.
Zielinski was also a gymnast at the international level, and represented his country in artistic competitions. A few years later, he opted into acrobatic gymnastics, and took the team national title ten times from 1956 to 1966. He was decorated with Polish ‘Sport Merit’ for his accomplishments.
With time, Zielinski would found his own club – the Targowek – in the capital city; with his gymnasts, he would take the national team title 18 times.
Again at the international level, Zielinski stands out with five Gold medals, 26 Silver and 52 Bronze at the World and European championships. He was recognized a second time for his capacities as a coach.
In the office, Zielinski would be named President of the Polish Sports Acrobatic Federation from 1993 – 2000. He is the author of several books, including the ISFA table of difficulties, an association whose technical committee he would chair from 1974 – 1993.
Alongside the IFSA President Stoil Sotirov (BUL), Zielinski contributed significantly to acrobatic integration to the FIG in 1999. He would hold a seat on the FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee until 2008; and would be named Honorary Member upon his retirement.
The international gymnastics community extends its congratulations and wishes for health and happiness to Konrad and Gizela Zielinski.