On Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February, we will be hosting a Women’s Artistic Performance Pathway Symposium at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The aim of the weekend is to provide specialised coaching insight to inspire future performance coaches.
Amanda Reddin, Head National Coach for Great Britain’s Women’s Artistic squad, will be one of the coaches who will be on hand across the two days. We caught up with her to recap on the Artistic World Championships and find out more about what we can look forward to in February.
Looking back at the Artistic World Championships last month, how did it feel to see the team secure Olympic qualification and see two of our gymnasts’ medal?
“Our main focus going into Stuttgart was to secure a place for the full team, of four gymnasts, to represent Great Britain at next year’s Olympic Games and the team deserve a lot of credit for their performance.
“To see Becky and Ellie win their first individual world medals was fantastic and a great achievement for them and everyone involved in their development over the years. Their achievements have come in what has been a successful cycle for us so far having medalled on three of the four apparatus at World championships as well as winning Gold on the fourth, Beam, at a European championships.
"Credit must be given to the work of the coaching team, both personal and national coaches, and also the support team who have contributed towards these results. Hopefully we can extend this success in 2020."
Now that Olympic qualification for the team is secure, how will you and the coaching team be preparing for next year?
"We have some opportunities to qualify two further places in Tokyo and so we will be working with our gymnasts and their personal coaches to figure out the routes that are available to us.
"We will be holding a number of national squad training days, in the newly refurbished gym at Lilleshall, and we will be conducting regular visits to the gymnasts whilst training in their regular club environment.
"There is a huge programme of competitions coming at the start of the New Year, with the British Championships and the World Cups to name just a couple, and so our gymnasts will be very busy as they prepare for the Summer."
It has been confirmed that Peggy Liddick will be speaking at the Women’s Artistic Symposium in February; what will she bring to the event?
"Peggy is a vastly experienced coach who has achieved significant success in two different countries. Going from the set-up in the USA to the set-up in Australia is quite a transition but she managed this well and was part of numerous landmark achievements during her time with the Australian Federation including four consecutive team golds at the Commonwealth Games.
"Her knowledge and experience cannot be substituted and coaches who attend our symposium in February will be able to tap into this."
Read more about Peggy who was announced in our line-up of symposium speakers
What can coaches who attend the Women’s Artistic Symposium expect to get out of the weekend?
"The Women’s Artistic Symposium is a great opportunity for coaches of all levels from across the country to come together and network and share their experiences with fellow members of the community. It is also a great chance to speak to special guest speakers who wouldn’t necessarily be all together in one room at the same time and discover learnings from other sports and areas which might help their coaching.
"It’s a fantastic opportunity and as coaches know, you can never stop learning."
If you are interested in attending our Women’s Artistic Symposium, please click on one of the links below:
To find out more about our other symposiums which are happening for Men’s Artistic and Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT, click here.