Gymnastics Junior and Senior National Squads stick to virtual camps

With travel restrictions still in place for most of the country, Gymnastics Australia’s High-Performance coaching team have had to rely on virtual platforms such as Zoom to host camps.

For the last three months, the team have hosted six camps for members of the Junior and Senior National Squad Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) teams.

The primary focus behind the camps is to remain connected, continue building relationships and improve gymnasts’ learnings and ideologies around being an elite athlete.

Camps have featured experts and highly regarded sports practitioners, including AIS Strength and Conditioning Lead, Ross Smith; National Team Physiotherapist, Kate McGillivray and three-time Olympian, diver Anabelle Smith.

The Junior Squad has also been fortunate enough to receive words-of-wisdom and insights from Olympian, Georgia Borona and Senior Squad star, Georgia Godwin.

McGillivray, owner of Body Lab Physiotherapy and Pilates, has guided the squads through prehabilitation sessions to ensure athletes are appropriately prepared come their return to the gym, while also working closely with Victorian-based gymnasts on gluteal and shoulder strengthening to aid their lack-of in gym training.

While many aspects of the virtual camps have been based around the physical development of athletes, light-hearted fun and games have also remained a key feature.

Through an AIS-led nutrition class, the Junior and Senior squads faced off in a MasterChef competition, took part in mentoring sessions, played games and learned about the Code of Points from FIG WAG Technical Commission member, Kym Dowdell.

As the Squad’s look ahead to camps in October and December, the GA High-Performance coaching team will continue adapting to the climate, whilst always ensuring athlete engagement and wellbeing remains paramount.