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Mokopane's own Richard Marshall of the Marshall Gymnastics Academy was one of the coaches who trained other coaches from all over Southern Africa as part of the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) Foundation Course.
SA Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) hosted the course in co-operation with FIG Academy Programme at Zani's Gymnastics Academy in Polokwane from 24 June to 28 June. Thirty-one candidates from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland graduated to receive an International Gymnastics for All Coaching Certificate. South Africa was represented by 18 participants from nine provinces including school’s gymnastics leaders, SA Gymnastics development hub coaches and beginner coaching course facilitators.
Marti Heri the SAGF's national development manager says the goal is to make gymnastics accessible for all, to make it about fun, fitness, and friendship.
Monica Siskova, an international coach from the Czech Republic said she hoped the course had opened the minds of students and that they will use and implement everything they have learnt when working with their own students.
One of the course participants, Merene van Zyl from Marshall's Gymnastics Academy says it was an honour to learn from internationally accredited coaches alongside people from other countries in Southern Africa. “The course was presented in a very practical and understandable manner with us having to do many of the movements we will be teaching, ourselves. I really learnt a lot.”