Men's Gymnastics

25th-27 November 2016

During the 2016 Gymsport Clinic we are very pleased to have Paul Hall (head coach at Huntington Gymnastics Club) as well as Chris Low (Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University and Men’s Senior International coach) as our Men’s Gymnastics keynote presenters for the Gymsport Clinic! Paul and Chris will be joined by some of Australia’s top coaches for the practical sessions making this an event not to be missed. Below is a sample of some of the topics on offer:

• Combination tumbles and future trends
• Effective use of trampoline and rebound for gymnastics
• Release and Catch preparation and specific conditioning
• Practical planning ideas
• Biomechanics
• Swing and Dismount elements on Rings
• Long hang swing elements and Felgers on P Bars
• High Bar releases
• Pommel training and preparation for skill development
• Developing complex vaults



Paul Hall

We are excited to welcome back Paul Hall to the 2016 Gymsport Clinic. Paul started out as a country level gymnast from Essex with an insatiable desire to go to the Olympic Games. He achieved his target albeit as a coach rather than a gymnast.
With over 30 years of coaching experience Paul has accumulated a lifetime involvement in the sport at all levels. From gymnastics for people with disabilities right through to Olympic medallists, he has worked with all levels and produced historic results both Nationally and Internationally.
Paul is the current Head Coach at Huntington Gymnastics Club which is the home to three time Olympian and quadruple Olympic medallist Louis Smith.

“Planning is essential for all gymnasts and coaches. Louis Smith for example and his teammates have followed a plan for up to 12 years and have all been very clear about their goals and objectives. In the case of Louis, he had to do 50 clean pommel horse routines in the 4 weeks leading up to the European Championships in 2004 in order to do his best job. He completed his 50th routine on the morning of his flight to Slovenia, and went on to take gold in that event.”*

*British Gymnastics, 2012

Chris Low

Chris is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University with previously held positions including Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Director of Gymnastics. A coach for over 20 years, Chris has experience in delivering participation and performance gymnastics, coaching gymnasts to world-class level.

From 2012 to late 2014, Chris was Director of Gymnastics at Leeds Gymnastics Club. A British Gymnastics high performance coach and international brevet judge, he provided leadership in establishing Leeds Gymnastics Club as one of the largest recreational and performance clubs in the UK. Chris has coached at Commonwealth Games, World Championships and World Cup level and continues to be involved with the Men’s Senior National Squad. He is the personal coach of Ashley Watson, who specialises on Parallel Bars and High Bar.

Chris’s research interests lie in the use of biomechanics to inform skill technique and technique development within the coaching process. As such, Chris is engaged in multi-disciplinary research teams that include sport science, skill acquisition and coaching practice researchers working alongside active coaches. His undergraduate and masters classes focus on coaches developing their understanding of their sport in order to gain clearer insight into the construction of their programs. The combination of expertise across the three areas of world-class coaching, coach informed practice and coach development allows Chris to provide a valuable and unique insight into the world of performance gymnastics.