Akshata Shete-Jadhav is the first woman from India to be appointed  as  Gymnastics Judge at the Commonwealth Games 2022


Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Akshata Shete-Jadhav has become the first woman Gymnastics judge from India at the Commonwealth Games 2022 to be held in Birmingham, England.

Akshata will be seen officiating the Rhythmic Gymnastics discipline, which gets underway on 4th August. The 2010 Commonwealth Games in India was one of her first international tournaments as a player and Akshata went on to represent the country at various international events including the World Championships, and FIG World Cup, captaining the Indian team at multiple tournaments. She has over 150 State and National Level medals.

Akshata says, “From an athlete to being a Judge and judging the athletes, it feels like a dream. As a player I used to wonder what goes on at the Judges panel and today when I sit with my colleagues from different countries I do realise the importance of a Judge during competitions. At the games the Judges have to report one day prior to the competition for podium training where we observe all the athletes to get a feel of the competition. At the Judges panel there is tremendous pressure to give correct judgement to each and every athlete as the result completely depends on us.” – Best wishes to Akshata from Team India.

Akshata as every other ordinary child started gymnastics as an extracurricular at the age of five years. Little did she know that this sport would give her an identity and with sheer dedication and hard work she took up this sport as a career. She played her first tournament at the age of seven years and won her very 1st medal which motivated her to train for 5 to 6 hours a day. With rigorous training and dedication, she became the Junior Champion for three consecutive years and Senior Champion for five consecutive years from Maharashtra respectively. She is recognized as an International and National champion from India. Akshata has to her credit her Shiv Chhatrapati Award70 Gold medals, 60 Silver medals & 40 Bronze medals,

Akshata is an Asian Gymnastics Union Technical Committee member and recently has been elected as a member of the Gymnastics Federation of India. She is the highest category Judge in India and has judged top tournaments internationally as well as at the national stage. The accomplished athlete continues to support the sport as a coach to many upcoming talents. She founded Bombay Physical Culture Association Rhythmic Club in Mumbai 10 years ago which has been famously recognized as one of the top clubs in Maharashtra. Her club trains more than 150 students who have won numerous medals at District, State and National Competitions. She says; “I believe, the knowledge gained must be shared. Gymnastics has taught me the importance of hard work, patience, losing, recovering, winning, and most of all keep learning every single day”. 

After the hardships, I faced during my training, such as lack of a coach with technical knowledge, a structured training system, and no correct infrastructure I had decided that no child would ever have to face such difficulties in achieving their dreams. 

This Sport has grown from nothing to marking India’s name on the world map of Rhythmic Gymnastics through unimaginable struggle. India is bursting with talent, it just needs structured guidance to shine at the International level and Olympics.

In 2019, she came to Pune with the mission of developing gymnastics in this city filled with hidden talent. This is how Flamingo Gymnastics School & Research Centre, Pune was born.

What Does Flamingo Gymnastics School Offer?

FGS is a gymnastics school that offers training programs for young children from the age of 3 years for Recreational and Competitive Gymnastics in a fun but structured way. Gymnastics is known as ‘The Mother of all Sports’ and it has also got recognition from The International Olympic Committee as one of the foundation sports from which all others stem. This is so as gymnastics helps a child develop strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination, etc.

All classes offer a structured framework that includes yearly reports with feedback to parents, regular assessment of progress, and quarterly physical tests so that children get the chance to build character.

What Are We Trying To Achieve:

In India, it is often said that where there is infrastructure there is no coach, and where there is a coach is no right infrastructure. We at FGS are implementing a structured training program, right infrastructure, and standards that are required under the Federation guidelines.

Initially, we want children to enjoy the training and let them experience this beautiful Olympic sport in a structured but fun-filled environment. 

Those children who start enjoying the sport are those who gradually start taking it seriously and eventually become champions. India is bursting with talent; with the right guidance and nurturing we believe we can change the face of Gymnastics in India.

We are committed to raising the standards of Gymnastics in India.

We are driven to create future champions who will represent India at various International platforms like; Common Wealth Games, Asian Championships, World Cup, World Championship, and eventually the Olympics Games.

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