Junior Talent Academy

In 2017 the Gymnastics SA High Performance Program (Gym-JETS) introduced the WAG Junior Talent Academy to help develop coaches and athletes. The Junior Talent Academy WILL be continuing in 2018 and  clinics are FREE and open to ALL CLUBS. The objectives of the Junior Talent Academy are to:

1. Support clubs and coaches to identify and develop talented athletes

2. Develop a cohesive community of coaches and gymnasts

3. Identify and develop athletes through the International Levels Program system

4. Focus on developing physical abilities and overall fitness as a means to promote higher quality, healthy and injury-free participation in gymnastics

The Junior Talent Academy will target 6-12 year-olds and include two parts – Profile Testing Sessions and Training Clinics.

 

Profile Testing Sessions

A gymnast’s physical preparation is one of the most important facets of their development. Gymnasts must develop a strong base of strength, power, speed, endurance, agility, balance and flexibility progressively and consistently throughout their training. Tracking this area of development over time will aid coaches and athletes to improve areas of weaknesses and turn them into strengths.

Profile Testing Sessions will run for approximately 3 hours. Gymnasts will be required to perform specific exercises across 5 areas of development (leg strength, core strength, upper body strength, handstands and flexibility). Each area has approximately 3-4 exercises and will be measured by time, repetitions completed in a period of time or maximum repetitions. Coaches will receive a feedback result document on their athletes’ performance via email following the testing session.

 

Training Clinics

Following each Profile Testing Session, a selection process will occur for the top 30 athletes to be invited to attend another FREE Junior Talent Academy Clinic.

Training Clinics will be hosted in the Gymnastics SA State Training Centre. These clinics will be conducted by GSA High Performance Program Coaches and include guest presenters. Training sessions will involve focusing on physical preparation and skill development for the International Levels (IL) pathway. Ballet and Trampoline development will also be a focus as it is an essential part of Gymnastics development.

In 2018 we are excited to be introducing a Junior Talent Academy ‘High Achievers Squad’ where the top 12 in the profile testing (3 in each age group) will be recognised as High- Achievers within Gymnastics SA. The top 3 Gymnasts in each age group will receive a T-shirt and will be recognised and be posted on the Gymnastics SA website as well as our High-Performance Gymnastics Facebook page.  We will be looking at having a special session for those in the High Achievers squad towards the end of the year, consisting of either training with the JETS girls or having their own separate session (yet to be confirmed).

 

Please see below for JTA dates to look out for!

 

Please note: these testing and clinics are subject to change

Event:

Date

Time (APPROX)

Profile Test #1 - L1-3

Saturday, 10 February 2018

11.30-3pm

Development Clinic #1- Level 1-3

Saturday, 10 March 2018

11.30-3pm

Profile Test #2 - L3-6

Saturday, 21 April 2018

11.30-3pm

Development Clinic #2- Level 3-6

Saturday, 5 May 2018

11.30-3pm

Profile Test #3 - L1-3

Saturday, 6 October 2018

11.30-3pm

Development Clinic #3- Level 1-3

Saturday, 27 October 2018

11.30-3pm

Profile Test #4 - L3-6

Saturday, 13 October2018

11.30-3pm

Development Clinic #4 - Level 3-6

Saturday, 10 November 2018

11.30-3pm

 

To enrol in the next Junior Talent Academy please talk to your child’s coach who will make contact with us!