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Updated 17th December 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
The GA Directors, Management and Staff sincerely thank you for your continued support and valuable contribution to Gymnastics either as a member or valued partner in 2007.

Gymnastics Australia is committed to the ongoing development of our sport which continued to enjoy increased membership across all areas this year. Planning for the future and setting strong foundations for the delivery of projects and programs across Australia were our main focus in 2007.

We look forward to working with you in 2008.

Gymnastics Australia wishes you a Merry Christmas and every success in the New Year.


GA NATIONAL OFFICE CLOSURE
The Gymnastics Australia National Office will close at 12noon on Friday 21st December 2007 and reopen for business at 9.00am on Monday 7th January 2008.


INTERNATIONAL GYMNAST MOVES FROM 2 TO 3 DIMENSIONAL
It is with great pleasure that I announce that International Gymnast magazine will be the first to distribute a digital version of its magazine. Yes, for the next several months, at no charge, you can read the latest complete issue of IG magazine online! Our December issue is available right now. The October issue, which was our acclaimed coverage of the Stuttgart World Championships, also can be viewed as an archived issue. We will offer the January/February (one of our two annual double month issues) online at no charge too.

Please take this opportunity to sample the quality of the magazine that has brought the entire gymnastics community the best and most accurate coverage of the beautiful sport of gymnastics for the past 51 years. No gymnastics entity has a richer history, or more complete library, covering gymnastics, as does IG! We have been the leader in our industry, and we plan to remain the leader.

As you can see, International Gymnast will now be available in 3 ways-our printed magazine, our digital magazine and our IG Online. Three ways to keep you better informed about gymnastics globally.

Enjoy IG in its new digital format!

Happy Holidays from our entire IG family!

Paul Ziert
Publisher


Click here to view our December issue.

Click here to view our October issue.


MEN'S ARTISTIC - MAG NATIONAL CLUBS
Congratulations to all clubs and athletes who took part in the MAG National Clubs last week. Thanks to ACT Gymnastics and the MAG ACT SMC for their efforts in organising and running the event. Please click here to view the results.

MEN'S ARTISTIC - PACIFIC ALLIANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNIOR SELECTION TRIAL
The selection trial was held on the 9th December 2007 at the AIS Arena in Canberra in conjunction with the MAG National Clubs. Congratulations to the following athletes who were selected to represent Australia at the 2008 Pacific Alliance Championships in San Jose California in March 2008:-

Mathew Curtis (QAS)
Jack Rickards (NSWIS)
Luke Wadsworth (VIC HPC)
Sean O'Hara - Reserve (SASI)

The selection trial for the senior gymnasts will be held on the 12th February 2008 at the AIS gym.

MEN'S ARTISTIC - INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM CUP SELECTION TRIAL
The selection trial was held at the AIS Arena on the 9th December 2007. Congratulations to the following athletes and officials who were selected to represent Australia at the International Junior Team Cup to be held in Berlin on the 1st March 2008:-

Jack Rickards (NSWIS)
Dominic Bedggood (QAS)
Alex Hunt (NSWIS)
Mitchell Morgan (NSWIS)
Robert Hong - Coach (NSWIS)
Trent Lawrie - Judge

MAG AIS/GA OLYMPIC SQUAD
Congratulations to the following gymnasts who were selected into the AIS/GA Olympic Squad for the period December 2007 - May 2008:-

Sam Offord (SASI)
Sam Simpson (QAS)
Thomas Pichler (QAS)
Aaron Thanas (VIC HPC)
Prashanth Sellathurai (NSWIS)
Philippe Rizzo (AIS)
Josh Jefferis (AIS)
Mathew Curtis (QAS)
Luke Wiwatowski - Visiting Athlete (CASTLE HLL/NSWIS)
Luke Wadsworth - Visiting Athlete (VIC HPC)

MEN'S ARTISTIC - BEIJING OLYMPIC SNUB
The world's best gymnasts are missing out on Olympic selection, says Australia's only Beijing competitor Sam Simpson.

The Queenslander, 23, has come out in support of unselected teammate Philippe Rizzo who has fallen victim to Olympic qualification rules that have caused international outrage.

Click here to read the full story.


WOMEN'S ARTISTIC - GYMNASTS TURN TO ROWING FOR OLYMPIC PREPARATION
In their first training camp to kick start their Olympic preparation, the womens' AIS/GA Olympic Squad looked for guidance from another Olympic sport - Rowing.

As part of their physical preparation program as well as a team building exercise, the National Coach Peggy Liddick organised a rowing session for the girls during their training camp at the AIS this month.

ANU rowing coach and ACT Rowing Association Development Officer, James Macartney was impressed with how quickly the athletes learnt how to use the oars, take to the water in their rowing shells and participate as a crew in short races with each other.

The rowing experience was appreciated by the girls who enjoyed getting out of the gym and trying their hand at another sport.

Is this another example of Gymnastics being the "foundation of all sport"…………


WOMEN'S ARTISTIC - LAUREN MITCHELL FEATURED IN INTERNATIONAL GYMNAST MAGAZINE
Congratulations to Lauren Mitchell who has been featured in the International Gymnast magazine. To read the article titled "Mitchell Eager for More Progress in 2008" please click here and search under More News.

WOMEN'S ARTISTIC - NEW SQUADS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to all gymnasts who have been named as part of the new WAG Squads fro 2008.

Click here to view the 2008 AIS/GA Olympic Squad

Click here to view the 2010 Junior Development Squad

WOMEN'S ARTISTIC - NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
The event finished last week with over 600 WAG athletes having competed. Congratulations to the following Clubs:

Champion International Stream Club:
1st: Waverley Advanced (VIC)
2nd: Moreton Bay College (QLD)
3rd: Epping YMCA (NSW)

Champion National Stream Club:
1st: Delta (Qld)
2nd: Canberra City (ACT)
=3rd: Epping YMCA (NSW)
=3rd Northern Districts (WA)
=3rd PLC (NSW)
=3rd Northern Beaches (NSW)

For full results please click here


RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS - 2008 RG SELECTION POLICY
Part B of the 2008 RG Selection Policy relating to National Squad qualification scores and Part C that includes the 2008 Pacific Alliance Championships Selection Criteria can now be found on the GA RG website.

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS - 2008 PACIFIC ALLIANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS RG SELECTION TRIAL
The selection trial will be held on Sunday 24th February 2008 at the Victorian High Performance Centre in Prahran. A total of 27 gymnasts (17 Juniors and 10 Seniors) have entered to compete in the trial. The trial will be run with the assistance of the Victorian RG SMC.


GENERAL GYMNASTICS - GG GRAPEVINE
The next edition of the GG Grapevine newsletter will be emailed to GG coaches and clubs this week. The newsletter will also be available on the GG information page of the GA website.

GENERAL GYMNASTICS - AUSSIE GYMFEST RETURNS IN 2008
The Gymfest will include workshops, an outdoor performance, training and the Gymsports Extravaganza - a gala display performance. Full details of dates and venue will be available along with the Participation Guidelines at the end of January. Start planning now!

GENERAL GYMNASTICS - 2008 PASSPORTS
Clubs following the Kindergym Australia Guiding Principles will receive their 2008 Kindergym Passports in early 2008, once club affiliation information has been input into the National Database. Get your club affiliation in early to ensure quick delivery of your passports next year.


SPORT AEROBICS - 2008 NATIONAL STREAM RULES
The 2008 GA Sport Aerobics National Stream Rules are now available for download on the GA website. Please click here to view a copy.

SPORT AEROBICS - KIERAN GORMAN TAKES SILVER MEDAL IN FIG WORLD SERIES EVENT IN MEXICO
Australia's Senior International Male National Champion - Kieran Gorman recently travelled to Mexico to compete in the FIG World Series event. Kieran had a fantastic final round of competition which enabled him to bring home the Silver Medal.

Congratulations Kieran.

SPORT AEROBICS - AEROSKOOLS 08 NOW AVAILABLE
Getting in ahead of time, GA is pleased to announce the launch of the 2008 AEROSkools Kit. The 08 Release features four new routines. These new routines are available as a seperate Release (08) that can be purchased by those who already have previous releases or are purchasing the AEROSkools Kit for the first time. It contains the following routines:-

Level 1 - Hot Stuff by Donna Summer (2004 revised for 2008 release)
Level 1 - I Believe by Carol Lynn Townes
Level 1 - Disco Inferno by Tina Turner
Level 2 - This Time by Young Divas
Level 3 - Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams

Please note that for Copyright reasons the routines recorded on video are not performed to music. Voice over instructions are given in the breakdown of the routines.

Please click here to order your copy.


CCUSA - JOB FAIRS
Every year, CCUSA bring up to 50 camp directors from the USA to meet their Aussie staff. They will interview you, find out what you can offer them and they get to make their own decisions there and then! It's a wonderful way for you to "Sell" yourself.

Jacqui Dunn, Australian gymnastic representative at the 1999, 2001 and 2003 World Championships and the 2002 Commonwealth Games did exactly this. Last February, she decided she wanted to have the best summer of her life and went to our Adelaide Job Fair. There, she visited a number of camps and decided that she would take a position in a traditional style camp called Kenmont and Kenwood Camps in Connecticut about 2 hours east of New York City.

She got to work with another 60 staff hired from all over the world with CCUSA from countries like Denmark, England, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Poland, just to name a few. It was a wonderful experience and she's made many more friends from all over the world.

The Job fairs are being held in the following cities;

PERTH CAMP FAIR
Parmelia Hilton,
14 Mill St, Perth
Saturday, February 02, 2008
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

ADELAIDE CAMP FAIR
Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide
Monday, February 04, 2008
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

BRISBANE CAMP FAIR
Sofitel Brisbane (above Central Railway Station), 249 Turbot St, Brisbane City
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

SYDNEY CAMP FAIR
Four Season Hotel, 199 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
Saturday, February 09, 2008
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

MELBOURNE CAMP FAIR
Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Sunday, February 10, 2008
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The CCUSA Job Fairs are also a great way to meet other staff going to your camp. Once placement is confirmed, you can start your travel plans nice and early, travel with others and plan additional tours after camp.

CCUSA is Australia's biggest and most respected international exchange company. Offering programs in the USA, Russia, Croatia, China, Canada and the UK, we give you superior service, more options and are up to $400.00 less than other companies.

Visit the web site at www.ccusa.com or call your local office on 1300 859 040 for further details or apply online now through our website to give you exclusive early access on the day of your cities fair.

Be more than a just a tourist with CCUSA!


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