My Story: ANAC

Our Australian Aerobic Gymnasts have returned home victorious, following an outstanding performance at the 2019 ANAC International, held in Phoenix Arizona.  

In her first international competition, PLC’s MacKenzie Manev performed a strong routine, finishing 3rd in the Junior AeroDance Division. It has been a big year for Mackenzie, who brought home gold at Australian Championships in June.

Juliah Tolentino (Kinetic Force Fitness) also made a stellar international debut, finishing 3rdin Varisty AeroDance.

Senior’s AeroDance Tyson Martin Durrington and Carissa Uno also performed strong routines, finishing ahead of the pack in their receptive qualification. Unfortunately technical rules withdrew them both from the finals, with Carissa finishing 5th in Senior International Aerobics.

While our athlete’s shone on the competition floor, a team of coaches, managers and judges were working hard behind the scenes. 

We caught up with FIG Judge Amy Van Krimpen (Amazon Dance and Aerobics) to hear. About her recent judging experience. 

Amy, what does ANAC stand for? 
ANAC stands for The Association of National Aerobic Championships. This year was the 30th anniversary of the International Aerobic Championships.  

What is the process for becoming an international judge? 
First off you start out as a beginner judge within your state, then move through the judging pathways set out by Gymnastics Australia and complete the Intermediate, Advanced and Advanced silver courses. 

After progressing through the levels of judging and gaining judging experience through regional, state and national events you can then be accepted by Gymnastics Australia to attend the FIG (Federation of International Gymnastics) judges course where you then learn directly from FIG expert judges. Once you have passed the exams you are presented with a FIG brevet accreditation which allows you to then judge at international events. 

What does the day of a judge look like at an international competition? 
Each International event in different, from, location, organisation, level of competition, so a day of a judge can really vary from event to event. 

At the ANAC International Aerobic Championships we started out every day at 8am (in 36 - 43 degree heat) with a judges briefing where we would go over rules and regulations, any reminders from the previous day and complete the judges draw which creates the judges panel for the session.  

I was lucky enough to have my name drawn out of the hat as an Artistry judge for 9 out of the 12 sessions of competition (artistry is my favourite thing to judge) we would then make our way down to the venue and be introduced and applauded by the MC and crowd, sometimes even got a standing ovation. There were 3 sessions per day and we repeated this process for every session, with the last session completing about 9pm - 9.30pm each day (still in 36 - 43 degree heat), ready for a buffet style dinner and sleep.

Is it hard to stay impartial when judging your own country? 
You will always want your country to be successful and for each athlete to be rewarded and achieve their goals, but as judge it is your responsibility to be impartial, to follow the rules of competition, to allow for true results, and a fair and just competition. Each athlete no matter where they come from have put in the hours of training and dedication to make it to the international stage to represent their country therefore each athlete deserves the respect of impartial and honest judging. 

In Aerobics we have 4 judges on execution, 4 judges on artistry, 2 on difficulty and 1 chair judge with each judge having to be within a certain range of score from each other, this creates a better overall fairness and as a judge you may be questioned if your score is out of range from the others.

What memories will you take from this recent trip to Arizona?
I very much enjoyed my judging experience on this trip, I made many new friends from athletes, coaches, judges and event coordinators from many different countries around the world. Not only will these new friendships be something I have for many years to come but they will help me professionally and grow as a judge as it was a great learning opportunity. I have been given the challenge of learning Spanish by the Mexican and Argentina judges by ANAC 2020.

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