WAG NCE-Perth Opening
Earlier this month the Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) National Centre of Excellence in Perth was officially opened, under the management of Gymnastics Australia.
Gymnastics Australia is delighted to be taking on the program from 2017 onwards, to build on the past successes of the program, previously run by the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). This will ensure that Perth-based elite gymnasts can still reach their dreams of representing Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2020 Olympic Games, and beyond.
The official opening of Gymnastics Australia's WAG National Centre of Excellence (NCE) Perth brings the total number of Gymnastics Australia National Centres of Excellence to three. As well as the NCE in Perth, there is also a WAG NCE in Melbourne, and an NCE for Men's Artistic Gymnastics based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
The new coaching staff of the WAG NCE-Perth will be announced at yesterday's launch, with Gymnastics Australia's CEO, Mark Rendell, and Gymnastics WA's Executive Director, Ruth Gibbons, both in attendance.
Dhana Antulov - Program Manager
Coral King - Head Coach
Joshua Fabian - Senior Coach
Nikolai Lapchine - Senior Development Coach
Regan Molyneaux - Senior Development Coach
Katherine Rogers - Development Coach
Matthew Smith - Development Coach
Ashley Cooney - Junior Development Coach
Caroline Wickens - Junior Development Coach
There is also one more coaching appointment (Development Coach role) to be announced in the next couple of days.
The entire training squad – including recent World Cup gold medallist, Emily Little – were present at the launch at the Gymnastics Training Centre at HBF Stadium, and treated attendees to a sneak peek at the first training session at the NCE-Perth.