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Gymnastics - 08. November 2010.

British Gymnastics appoint new Women's Artistic Coach

British Gymnastics is delighted to announce the appointment of former Canadian National Technical Advisor Carol-Angela Orchard to the role of Women’s National Coach – Beam & Artistic Preparation.

Carol-Angela joins the British Team with a wealth of experience spanning a 30-year coaching career including 4 Olympic Games, 11 World Championships, 4 Pan American Games and 3 Commonwealth Games. Amongst the highlights on her superb CV include coaching Canadian gymnast Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs to her countries first ever World Championships medal - Bronze on Beam, Aarhus 2006.

Tim Jones, British Gymnastics Olympic Performance Director: “ We have highlighted that we can make significant performance gains in our Beam work with the aim of building on our successful Team results achieved at the World Championships in Rotterdam. We are also looking to ensure we can influence our next generation of gymnasts and this appointment is an indication or our commitment to future Olympic cycles. British Gymnastics are fortunate to be able to appoint such a successful and experienced coach in Carol-Angela to work with our key gymnasts.”

Carol-Angela prides herself on innovation and has the honour of creating 5 original elements on Beam & Floor named by the FIG after her gymnasts, and included in the official Code of Points. She hold qualifications including - British Gymnastics International Performance Coach - Level 6, FIG Coaching Brevet in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, and Canadian National Coaching Certification Programme Level 4 Theory, Technical & Practical (Level 4 is the highest level available in Artistic Gymnastics)

Carol- Angela Orchard: “I have tremendous respect for the British coaches, gymnasts and judges.  It will be an absolute honour to assist them in the pursuit of excellence, working alongside both Adrian Stan & Colin Still.  Beam is such a psychological event, and I believe it is essential to inspire each individual gymnast to perform with a positive and aggressive attitude in order to be successful.  I am passionate about creating an environment where the gymnasts can compete to the best of their ability, fulfilling their personal potential and thereby making a strong contribution to the British Team objective in London 2012 and beyond.  I can't wait to get started !”

Carol-Angela will begin work on 18th  November and will work alongside the coaching staff throughout the high performance squad structure going forward to London 2012 and beyond.
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