"2000 Sydney Olympian Ji Wallace joins GQ team"
Figure 1- Ji Wallace winning silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
Gymnastics Queensland is thrilled to announce that 2000 Sydney Olympian Ji Wallace has joined the team in the role of Queensland High Performance Development Coach - Trampoline.
This is the result of a joint initiative between Gymnastics Australia (GA), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Gymnastics Queensland (GQ), from which GQ has secured funding from the QAS/AIS Gen 2032 funding program over the next two years
Ji will work in conjunction with Gymnastic Australia’s National Trampoline Coach Jarrod Heriot, and work directly with Queensland high performance clubs, coaches, and athletes to develop and grow trampoline in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane. With an extensive career as a trampoline athlete, Ji will bring instrumental knowledge and expertise to the role. With his most notable achievement being a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Ji also has numerous other achievements which will make him a priceless asset to gymnastics in Queensland, some of which are:
- World Games Bronze Syncro Trampoline 1997
- World Champion DMT 1996
- First DMT World Cup Champion 1995
- First international medal World Championships 1994 Team Bronze DMT
- 5th place Individual Trampoline World Champions 1999
Ji also brings to the team his FIG 2 coaching accreditation and 20 years of coaching experience, ranging from Brisbane’s Robertson Gymnastics to Cirque De Soleil.
The implementation of this new position in GQ will provide numerous key benefits to the sport in the state. The role will assist in preparing trampoline athletes for national and international competitions, as well as assisting trampoline club programs, coaches, and athletes across Queensland.
Gymnastics Queensland CEO Chris Rushton thanked the QAS and AIS for their support. “A huge thanks goes to the QAS and AIS for providing this support to assist GQ to inspire our community through high performance success. This funding will assist GQ in delivering key strategic objectives outlined in our High Performance Plan and will see GQ work closely with GA here in Queensland on a daily basis.”
“One of the most exciting aspects of the position will see Ji directly working with our community. Ji knows what success looks like and it’s exciting to have him as part of the team and working alongside Jarod as we prepare for Paris, Los Angeles, and Brisbane.”
Following the announcement Ji said that he is “excited to join GQ to inspire and empower a new generation of athletes and coaches to chase their own greatness and believe it is possible.”