Tips for being a “good sport parent”

(4 min read) For those of you who don't know, my name is Mary-Anne Monckton and I was an Australian elite gymnast. After a total of 18 years in the sport, and 10 years competing for Australia, I have recently transitioned into the role of a gymnastics coach. I am passionate about the sport and ensuring that the athletes have a fun and ... More

5 things to remember in difficult times

5 things to remember when you’re going through difficult times. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes-bad things happen. Especially in sport, you may get injured, not be selected for a team, or just find yourself in a rut. So, whether you’re an athlete or not, here are my 5 things to remember when you’re going ... More

Tassie Trip

Motivational speaking is something that I love to do, because I meet so many young athletes and coaches, and hope to make an impact on their own journeys. If you would like me to visit your club, you can get in contact with me here.  This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting 5 clubs while I was down in Tasmania. Thank you so much ... More

Exciting Gym Visits…Tassie!

Footscray City Gymnastics Club I had the wonderful opportunity of being a part FCGC's BIG! Holiday Program, which was a day dedicated to Building Independent Gymnasts. The day included me presenting my journey so far as well as other professionals coming together to help teach and inspire the young athletes on their own journeys. T... More

Coming Soon…GymShop

I am excited to announce that my Online GymShop is opening very soon! I've been working hard to design Gym gear that is suitable for all gymnasts...Some of the items available include: Apparel, Wristbands, Key rings, Bags and Motivational Bands.  As you can see my Wristbands are white with a motivational quote embroidered on them. I ... More

Olympic News: Thoughts about Men’s Olympic Qualification 

The big talk of the day is Frenchman, Samir Ait Said breaking his tibia and fibular after landing crooked and under rotated on a Tsukahara double pike Vault. This is a horrible injury, exasperated by the fact that it is so visibly disturbing. No one should ever have to experience and injury like that, and I wish him all the best with his ... More

Blog 3: Jets Gymnastics Visit

While I have been off my feet (literally,) I have had time to reflect on my time as a gymnast and realised that I have a very unique story. Whilst, public speaking is not my strongest apparatus, however when I think back to when I was a young gymnast, I would have really loved and benefited from someone more experienced than myself sharing ... More

Blog 2: It’s OK, not to be OK

I should have written a long time ago, but I couldn't organise my thoughts into anything that made sense...I wasn't ready. In fact, I don't even think that I am now. As an elite athlete, getting injured is one of the worst things that can happen. From full training one day, to nothing the next. The physical injury is relatively simple to ... More

Olympic News 5: Great Britain Olympic Team Preview

Great Britain Announce WAG and MAG Olympic Teams Aside from the US, Team GB has got to be one of the most highly anticipated teams to be announced. Both the Women's and Men's team will be looking to finish on the podium in Rio, just as they did in 2015 at the World Championships. Here is my preview of the teams. The team members are ... More

Olympic News: Team Announcements 4

The US and Italy announce their 2016 Olympic Teams. Click on the countries to see the news.  US Women's Olympic Team Announcement The long awaited US Women's Olympic Team has finally been named! This is a team that is more difficult to make than being drafted in the NBA. The competition was fierce, and lets be honest, any of the ... More