Niki Lavoie was our first clinician of the camp. She lead a session on Leaps and Body Alignment drills. The most important basic for Acrobats is having a good line. The body segments need to be straight over top of each other to create stability. This stable, well aligned body can then be used to lift or be lifted during acrobatic elements. Once body alignment is understood and the athlete is capable of maintaining this position then coaches and athletes can start to play around with different positions that are more aesthetic and artistic.
Niki's session taught the basics and delivered some drills for athletes and coaches to use.
She also taught some progressions for a variety of leaps. With a diversity of participants the leaps ranged from superb to ... well ... needs improvement.
Thanks to Niki of the Oakville Gymnastics Club for getting the camp off to a great start.