GYMN-L Digest - 3 Sep 1995 to 4 Sep 1995

There are 11 messages totalling 365 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Foreign gymnasts competing in NCAAs
  2. HELP ME PLEASEEEEE !!!!!!!!
  3. visualization, dreams (2)
  4. International Group Masters (Rhythmic) 1995
  5. Worlds
  6. TRIALS (2)
  7. Aussie Worlds Team
  8. new video
  9. 1995 ROM Natl. Champs.


Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 14:36:00 -0600
Subject: Re: Foreign gymnasts competing in NCAAs

     Didn't Warwick Forbes (AUS) compete for UC-Berkely?  Can anyone give
     me anymore info on Jane Warrilow at Utah State?




Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 08:24:17 BST
Subject: Re: HELP ME PLEASEEEEE !!!!!!!!

Marianne in the UK writes :

>For my summer coursework I have to promote a sport to young people, and I
>choose to do gymnastics as I'm most familiar with the subject.
>Please can somebody help me by giving me some ideas on how to get young
>people to participate in Gymnastics.
Hello Marianne,

Its good to see that you are using this forum to help you with your GCSE's.
My daughter has just completed hers this year so I know that you need all
the help you can get !

I have some thoughts on your question on the the promotion of gymnastics as
this is something which the LAGA ( Lincolnshire Amateur Gymnastics
Association ) , of which I am on the executive committee, is actively
engaged in within the county.

Young people are introduced to gymnastics as follows :

1) Through the media , i.e. television.

 This is very limited within  the UK, as gymnastics is classed as a  "
minority sport ' by the TV networks. Although the coverage isusually
limited to the worlds, olympics and the Commonwealth games ( when it is
slotted between  snooker and football ), what is presented is usually of
good quality with informative commentary ( well done BBC and Christine
Still ).

This results in a burst of intense interest,  and gym club waiting lists
suddenly lengthen.  There are some dangers here, however,  as the majority
of the interest is from older children who have the aspirations to be an
Anneka Reader within 6 months. This enthusiasm is quickly dampened when
they find that, when joining a gym club that will accept them, their
activities are restricted by their ability to recreational regime. They
also realise that to make it to the top they should have started several
years before and that an extraordinary amount of committment to training is
required before they reach a competitive standard. In general, though,  the
majority of club gymnasts are quite happy in the recreational environment
and get a lot out of their gymnastics.

It is therefore important to emphasise and promote the recreational side of
the sport as this is where the vast majority of those youngsters, active in
gymnastics, will be.

2) Promoting  'pre-school ' gymnastics.

As well as being good fun for the child ( and parents ) these sessions are
an important first step for any potential competetive gymnast. At this age,
4 to 6  years old, the  sessions are very much recreational, laying down
the foundations of physical co-ordination, discipline but most of all
having  fun in the process. The BAGA encourage this activity through their
' Persil Funfit ' scheme, which forms a good basis for all the gymnastic
disciplines i.e. artistic,rythmic,recreational or sports acro. We also must
not forget the superb efforts of the special needs groups in this area.

3) Promoting gymnastics through schools.

As part of the national curiculum gymnastics is introduced to all children
in UK schools,at a basic recreational level,  aspart of a programme to
introduce them to sports in general.  Some schools will get further
involved with competive gymnastics depending on the committment and
qualification of the staff. Indeed on this basis there is some excellent,
high quality, gymnastics coming from school based clubs whose gymnasts can
be seen competing in schools competitions at national and international
level. All the disciplines are well represented. It must be pointed out
though that schools actively promoting gymnastics are very much a rarity in
the UK, but with the right encouragement schools remains the biggest
potential source for  new gymnasts we have. A  lot more work needs to be
done in this area.

4)  Promoting gymnastics through the Clubs.

Last, but not least, we must mention the promotional efforts made the
gymnastic clubs, which form the backbone of UK gymnastics. I would like to
mention  some ways my own club does this as follows :

a)         Gymnastic Displays- If your club has a good display team then
this will always generate interest.

b)        Public  Open Nights -  Showing what the club does, with an
invitation to ' try it and see '

c)         Newpapers- Publicising competion reports and results on a
regular basis. We are fortunate in having the Lincolnshire Echo who
regularly publish reports and photographs of gymnastic activity in the

I will close now so I hope that this will help you in your studies. There
will many other ways that gymnastics can be promoted that perhaps other
members of the forum may have ideas on.

I wish you every success in your  studies,

yours in gymnastics,



Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 08:24:40 BST
Subject: Re: visualization, dreams

Using mental visualization of a move or routine is an important part of
preparation for a competition and I always encourage gymnasts to do this. I
use this as part of the ' warm up ' and it does go some way to relaxing
tensions before the gymnast performs. ( form of meditation )



Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 06:14:41 -0400
From:    ***@IC.AC.UK
Subject: International Group Masters (Rhythmic) 1995

International Group Masters (Rhythmic) 1995

Hannover, Germany       September, 1995


(One exercise of five hoops, and one exercise of three balls
with two ribbons)

1. Russia       39.650
2. Spain        39.600
3. Bulgaria     39.250
4. Belarus      39.125
5. France       38.800
6. Germany      38.700
7. Japan        37.925
8. Austria      37.150

Russia is reigning supreme again with fast, accurate and well-
choreographed routines. Bulgaria's big break came during a major
exchange in their hoops exercise. One of the girl's flick of
the hoop with her back leg didn't reach her team-mate, instead
the hoop went flying straight outside the area. They finished
third. The Spainish team is improving all the time with a
strong second place finish, not too far away from the Russians.

I'm still getting used to this "new" rule of five gymnast per
group... somehow they don't have the well-matched patterns of
six gymnasts (three pairs of twos usually) and the big exchanges
seem a little strange, very often one of them throws the apparatus
to herself while the other two pairs exchange theirs. But on the
other hand, because of this oddity, the routines seem a lot more
complex with very interesting choreographies. They seem to use
the "star" formation quite a lot under this new rule: four gymnasts
each standing in one corner and the fifth in the middle of the floor

Another odd thing in this meet was when the gymnasts were waiting
for the scores to come up, they have to stand in front of a small
round table whilst the TV cameras are on them. It sort of reminds
me of a fast-food store with five people standing around a high
table drinking their milkshakes or whatever. The scores seem to be
only coming up on the TV screens since at one time one of the
Russians had to come right in front of the camera lens straining
to see what their scores are.


PS Rhythmic Worlds will be in the middle of this month.

PPS Just got the new Autumn issue of "Gym Stars" and it's a must
for rhythmic fans with Batyrchina on the cover and a Zaripova double
poster, and full reports and photos from the European Cup 1995.


Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 15:40:10 +0000
Subject: Re: visualization, dreams

>Using mental visualization of a move or routine is an important part of
>preparation for a competition and I always encourage gymnasts to do this. I
>use this as part of the ' warm up ' and it does go some way to relaxing
>tensions before the gymnast performs. ( form of meditation )


Whatever you decide to do, you'll achieve it by simply imagining it. Only
other people unpredictable opposition will cause you to make mistakes.

Think of nobody else but you and your positive thoughts.
And keep always in your mind that You are not alone...


Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 12:23:59 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Worlds

Just a though that this is one of the more wide open worlds that we have seen
in recent years. Going into it, there is no one star who we all expect to
win, but maybe 7 or 8 girls that could win:
Miller (3x!)
The Pod

Just my two cents,


Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 12:29:10 -0400
From:    ***@UMICH.EDU
Subject: TRIALS

Hi All-

Does anyone know when or if the trials will be televised?  If it isn't, I
assume someone will be wonderful enough to let us know how it went.
Also, when will the worlds be televised?


Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 11:11:17 -0600
From:    ***@RMII.COM
Subject: Re: TRIALS

> Does anyone know when or if the trials will be televised?  If it isn't, I

I heard something about ESPN.  Don't know much more than that.

> assume someone will be wonderful enough to let us know how it went.

The Gymn Reporter at the World Trials in Austin will be myself.

I've had a lot of questions about Gymn reporting lately, so I'll take
the time to clarify this again.

At gymnastics meets, Gymn can sometimes obtain media credentials to
report on the competition to our subscribers.  When this is the case,
Gymn designates one or more people as "the Gymn reporter" for a meet.
This person attends press conferences, receives official results,
obtains athlete biographies, and so forth. The person's job is to
provide highlights of competition, press conferences, interviews, and
thorough results of the meet to Gymn. We have been doing this since
1993, and it has always been a favorite part of Gymn for most
subscribers. You end up with:
        -a detailed description of the meets
        -direct quotes from the press conferences
        -immediate results (usually before your morning newspaper,
                if they even HAVE the scores)
        -the ability to ask the reporter followup questions

Is Gymn credentialed at every "big" meet? Mostly, but not always.  If
there will be a Gymn reporter, a notice of the reporter is posted
sometime in the week prior.

In addition, other Gymners in attendance at the meet offer different
perspectives and even more details of the competition (everyone can
thank Lisa for doing a great job with this at Nationals).  This
provides a nice basis for discussion for Gymn, and after all, we are
here to discuss gymnastics!

Per the Gymn Guide, if you have an interest in being a Gymn reporter
in the future (as opposed the past?), contact either myself or George



Date:    Tue, 5 Sep 1995 08:27:24 +1000
From:    ***@STUDENT.GU.EDU.AU
Subject: Aussie Worlds Team

Hi Folks

I rang the AGF yesterday, to find out if the womens world team had been
finalised, and was given eight names....

Ruth Moniz
Kirsty Lee Brown
Jenny Smith
Lisa Skinner
Joanna Hughes
Genevive Preston
Nicole Kantek
Lisa Moro

I don't know when the final cut to seven will be made.  Are the teams now
allowed to take 8 gymnasts to Worlds, and cut the final one after podium
training?  It would make sense, considering what happened to the Russian
women, with Ivanova in Dortmund.



Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 22:30:45 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: new video

On NBC's video of National's- I would just like to say that for a gymnastic
fanatic like myself it was one of the greatest dissapointments of my short 15
yr old life.  Not only was it just an edited video of nationals, just showing
the top few, for some weird reason they change the floor music.


Date:    Mon, 4 Sep 1995 22:43:17 -0400
From:    ***@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: 1995 ROM Natl. Champs.

I noticed that Gina Gogean was not in the top 7 om the all around in Rom.
nationals.  Does that mean she is not going to Sabae?


End of GYMN-L Digest - 3 Sep 1995 to 4 Sep 1995