On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January we will be hosting a special Performance Pathway Symposium for Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
One of the coaches who will be there across the two days is Tracy Whittaker-Smith, Head National Coach for Great Britain’s Trampoline squad. Tracy is currently preparing the Trampoline team for the 2019 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT World Championships in Tokyo where they can qualify places for next year’s Olympic Games. We caught up with her to ask how her and the team are feeling ahead of the competition and get her thoughts on next year’s symposium.
Firstly Tracy, how did it feel to receive your honorary diploma from the FIG earlier this month?
"I felt very honoured to have received the prestigious FIG Diploma and very thankful to both British Gymnastics and FIG for the recognition. Working with world class athletes and being involved at the highest level in our sport is an honour and I am very proud of the team I work with.”
How are you and the team feeling ahead of the Trampoline World Championships later this month?
"This is why we all do sport! It is an exciting time in any cycle and this one is no different. The World Championships is always something to look forward to. The gymnasts and staff have been preparing at Lilleshall for the last five weeks and we also have a week in Tokyo before the event which will help the team acclimatise. The team are well prepared, in good spirits and really looking forward to the event in the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.”
What are your hopes for the gymnasts that are competing?
"We always set high expectations of ourselves. I would like everyone to perform to the best of their ability and to demonstrate the strength of the team and the hard work they have all put in over the last year."
Looking ahead to our Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Symposium weekend in January, we have Tetsuya Sotomura coming to deliver a practical session. What can we expect to see from him?
"Tetsuya will be sharing his top tips for staying at the top of his game for so many years. From winning medals at World Age in 1996, to 4th in the Beijing and now at the age of 35 years-old, still competing at the highest level and achieving world finals, it's amazing what he has accomplished. The diligence of his practical skills and technical excellence demonstrates why he has continued to be amongst the best in the world for so long. This is a must not miss opportunity for any coach!"
What will coaches who attend the symposium get out of this weekend?
"The Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT Symposium offers coaches at all levels further opportunity for continuous learning. I am really excited about the symposium. The quality of the content and presenters gets better every year. We have a world class environment for coach development."
If you are interested in attending our 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 Women’s Artistic, click here.
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