2019 International ACHPER Conference in Canberra



Next week at the 2019 International Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) conference at the AIS in Canberra, Ben Cork and Caitline Shipside will be presenting two of Gymnastics Australia’s newest sporting schools programs. Both the FreeG and AeroSchools 90 minute sessions are interactive workshops which will provide participants the opportunity to experience the programs first hand.

Ben is a Gymnastics coach and administrator with over twenty years experience working with both recreational and elite athletes. He is a former NSW Technical Director, NSW Performance Team coach and has represented across four continents.

He now specializes in ‘Gymnastics For All’ programs which aim to share the sport with athletes of all ages and abilities. Ben is the author of the 2012 Australian Team Gym program, and two freestyle gymnastics programs for Sporting Schools.

For the past five years Ben has been a project coordinator for Gymnastics Australia, leading the FreeG and FreeG Kids program development and implementation. FreeG is an inclusive obstacle course based participation program which brings together elements of traditional gymnastics, parkour and free-running, break-dancing and tricking and ninja warrior style activities.



Caitlin has been involved in AeroSchools since 2006, after being introduced to the program at her secondary school. As a very eager participant, she then assisted her teachers to coach the younger students.

Caitlin took her love for the program to the next level and has spent the last decade educating teachers and senior secondary students on how to implement and sustain AeroSchools within their school/gymnastics club, as well as running a high successful program at Greythorn Primary School, where she works as a classroom teacher.

Caitlin continues to participate in aerobic gymnastics as an athlete and has represented Australia at international competitions on several occasions.



Both programs are available to affiliated clubs as well as sporting schools and are an excellent way to have a safe, fun and challenging experience and provide fundamental skills for the overall growth and development of the participants.

For more information on both FreeG and AeroSchools programs, visit www.freeg.org.au or  aeroschools.gymnastics.org.au/. For FreeG on social media search #FreeGAus