I am a strong believer that as coaches, we should spend a lot of time  in class on conditioning and basics. With my current group of gymnasts, I have spent a huge amount of time on handstands and the all important core conditioning […]

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Greg Townley

If you haven't seen it already (or even if you have!) check out this great video of 13 year old Greg

Little Links 25/2/2010

Char wrote a nice piece on Aerial Skiier Ashley Caldwell Your chair is your enemy -  a piece from The New York Times Aileen Gallagher of NY Magazine on Why figure

And in first place…

My girls competed excellently at the competition last weekend. Their individual scores were so consistent that we came away with the team gold. I'm so delighted for them.

Little Links 12/1/10

Many thanks to Gymnastics in Europe for drawing my attention to this blog Coaching Gymnastics In The New Millenium. So far I have just skimmed through some of


“Letters to a young gymnast” – Nadia Comaneci

  I recently bought "Letters to a young gymnast", a book  by  Nadia Comaneci. It just arrived today so I'll be snuggling up in bed to read it tonight.


It's one particular thing I love about coaching. I love seeing the gymnasts smile.  My groups are doing really well lately and achieving some great new things. I

The Fear

There’s something I have noticed about myself since I’ve come through my teenage years and left my gymnast days behind. I am now nearing my mid-twenties and have

World Championships Photos

Many thanks to Rick McCharles for posting a link to these  FANTASTIC photographs from The Big Picture of gymnasts in action at the World Championships in London.  I am

World Championships 2009

This week the World Championships 2009 will kick off in the O2 Arena in London. Unfortunately I won't be able to make the trip across the pond to see the

The new 2009 – 2010 season begins

Tonights training session will be the first for me in the 2009 - 2010 season. I hope that this year will be a very successful year for all

Code of Ethics

Irish Gymnastics have released their new Code of Ethics on their website.  You can download it from the download section in the main menu. How does this compare

My First Day

I often find it hard to recall moments from my childhood; the first time I rode a bike, the first time I went on holidays, but I can

British Gymnast age 8

Thanks to Rick at for posting this youtube video of a fantastic little gymnast Catherine Lyons from the UK. Catherine was competing at Level 4 and shows some

Favourite Routines

Everybody involved with gymnastics has their favourite routines from the competitions and events over the years. Below are some of mine. I have chosen some performances from the

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