Whelan & Cairns to USA


Two time Olympians Hannah Whelan and Imogen Cairns will travel with Coach Liz Kincaid to the USA this week to be coached under Mary Lee Tracy of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. Joining the gymnasts will be three other elites Ruby Harrold, Imogen Chan and Phoebe Turner.

During the two week trip, the gymnasts will work with Mary Lee Tracy. Liz Kincaid believes that the gymnast will learn alot from being in the USA and from Mary. GBR Coach Nick Ruddock recently arrived back from a lengthy stay with WOGA and Valeri Liukin. In his interview with the BG Media Team, Ruddock states that he believes that it is important for coaches to learn from one another, whether it be at home or abroad.

I would not be in my role now without the support of the other people that have helped me. The best way to get information in my opinion is to just go out and get it. All the fantastic coaches I have worked with have completely accelerated my learning; there is such a huge world of gymnastics out there. Sometimes all we see is what’s in front of us in our community and that’s great but there are so many different ideas and ways of learning and if you don’t see it you may never know it. It’s completely different seeing, hearing it and feeling it whilst in the environment, so I would encourage everyone to just go out and give it a go.

I think it’s a good idea to try to and build up relationships and contacts with other clubs, because there are plenty of coaches that are happy to accommodate others just to simply sit and watch and learn. I think as long as you make them aware you are just volunteering to learn from them it can be a great coaching aid and open your eyes up to what’s outside your gym.

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