FIG Level 1 Coach Academy make debut in Singapore

Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Rhythmic Gymnastics FIG Level 1 Coach Academy made its debut recently in Singapore with the presence of top experts Lurdes Carvalho, Nadya Aleksandrova and Helena Dias.

A total of 18 participants attended the week-long programme, with nine from different nationalities were from the city.

“The Academy proved to be very rigorous, stretching the participants to their limits by covering a plethora of subjects ranging from basic warm up to group routine and sport psychology,” said a Singapore Gymnastics (SG) statement.

Many participant coaches also expressed great appreciation for the patience and insight the experts exhibited at the seminar.

“I really enjoyed the level of detail that was shared in terms of ballet exercises,” said Malaysia’s Nina Chow.

The candidates had to factor in studying and preparing for their theory and practical examination on the last two days. While positively nerve-racking at points, many took up the challenge which indirectly resulted in great friendships being forged.

Japan coach Hashizume Misuzu, who came second in the Theory component, excelled despite not being fluent in English.

Coaches Tengku Noor (Malaysia) and Cecilia Chia (Singapore) also did exceptionally well, placing overall second ahead of the more experienced ones.

SG thanked the experts for all their encouragement and guidance and to Gymnastics Federations of Bulgaria, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia and Russia for their unstinted support in conducting the FIG Academy.