The Women's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 6

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The Women's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 6

March 29, 2018

By Anca Grigoras, WTC President







Hello to all our friends loving artistic gymnastics!

2018 is a new beginning after the last UEG elections, so, a new WAG Technical Committee too. We had to say a sad good-bye to our president Yvette Brasier and to our member Satu Murtonen

Great colleagues, great experience and most of all, special human beings and true friends. We enjoyed quite “a few” years together, sometimes with difficult situations to solve but also with total satisfaction of our work. And last but not least, we were like family – this is special within UEG. So I’ll start by welcoming our 2 new members and friends: Mairead Kavanagh and Marja Raisanen!

In January I attended my first Executive Committee meeting. I found out very quickly there is a huge work waiting for all of us, but challenging too, with lots of new proposals and projects to think about.

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The new Technical Committee met for the first time in Glasgow (GBR) in February. During this meeting we decided the functions and tasks and I proudly present you the TC:

Anca Grigoras (ROU) - President

Hana Liskarova (CZE) - Vice-President, responsible for Judges

Mairead Kavanagh (IRL) - Secretary

Christine Frauenknecht (SUI) - Member, responsible for Special Project

Sabrina Klaesberg (GER) - Member, Technical Delegate

Marja Raisanen (FIN) - Member, responsbile for Facebook page / Media

Orna Shai (ISR) - Member, responsible for Educational Camp Tirrenia

Important to mention: except for the functions of president, vice-president and secretary, tasks will be rotated within the WTC, so all of the members may be Supervisors or part of the Superior Jury during the 4-year cycle. I also want to point out that even if everyone has a principal responsibility, the work is common and all of us will participate and help where needed.

In Glasgow we also held a common meeting with the new Men’s Technical Committee. Fruitful discussions were held in a very friendly atmosphere. We discussed events and projects, rules, judges’ matters, information from the Executive Committee - and already started to work!




European gymnasts have 1 chance to qualify to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG) and that is on 23 June in Baku (AZE). The deadline for definitive registration has passed and shows a number of 54 gymnasts from 28 national federations who will battle for 17 places.

The draw of the starting order will take place on 29 May in the UEG headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

On 23 June, WAG and MAG gymnasts will compete at the same time. The results (a non-nominative place per NOC) will be based on the all-around score and will decide the countries participating at YOG. Only gymnasts born in 2003 are eligible. A special thanks to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation for offering promptly to organise this unforeseen competition.

The Youth Olympic Games are a very exciting competition, as the junior medallists from this year might be the European, World and / or Olympic senior medallists of the next generation!



This year’s European Championships will be part of a new multi-sports event. There will be 7 European Championships in 2 cities, meaning 26 medal events, 11 days of competitions and 600 athletes. The sports involved are Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing, and Triathlon in Glasgow, while Athletics will compete in Berlin.

The draw of the starting order will take place on 5 July, a few days after the delegations need to announce their teams. The competition will be held in the same arena, the spectacular SSE Hydro Arena, as the 2015 World Championships. The judges’ positions will also be in the same way. After a long talk with the Local Organising Committee, we are confident that preparations are going well, everything looks very well so far – and it’s not surprising, it’s not at all the first time they manage an event to remember!




Preparations for the second edition of the European Games are well under way in Minsk (BLR). The schedule and qualification procedure have been published.

For Artistic Gymnastics, the competition will be men and women together, very much like the first edition in 2015 in Baku (AZE). The big difference is that the 2019 European Championships in Szczecin (POL) will be the qualification event.

15 sports are included. The EOC and LOC already started the countdown with a marketing campaign.



We will go on with our old and dear project for education: the annual training camp for gymnasts and coaches, held ever since in welcoming Tirrenia, thanks to the Italian Federation. This summer camp became more and more attractive, not just because of the nice location and conditions, but mostly due to the excellent experts, to the daily presentations and theoretical courses, to the efficient training sessions and the friendly atmosphere.

So, don’t miss Tirrenia 2018!




Last but not least, the Symposium for Mental and Physical Preparation in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics was held for the first time in October 2017, thanks to Pole Gymnastique St. Etienne, the French Federation and our ex-president Yvette Brasier. It was attended by 23 coaches from 13 countries. The two experts were:

·         Ulla Koch (GER) for mental preparation; she is a certified mental coach and gave both a theoretical and a practical lecture focused on breathing and muscle relaxation, mental shortcuts to be in time for high performance

·         Nick Ruddock (GBR) for physical preparation; well-known from his frequent participation in Tirrenia camp. This time he focused on key components of a physical preparation programme for high performance gymnasts and showed a number of different key exercises and movements to develop strength and robustness in quality and quantity.

The symposium finished with a round table open to discussions regarding the topics and not only. As it was a success, our TC is truly willing to organise it again this year, but until now we didn’t find an organiser, even if letters were sent by the UEG to the national federations. Yet, we do not lose hope and perhaps after the World Championships in Doha we will be able to invite you to the second edition of this interesting symposium.


With my best regards,

Anca Grigoras,

WTC President