15 October, 2019

Gymnastics Australia and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National Coach, Mihai Brestyan have mutually agreed to finish Brestyan’s contract in November after two-and-a-half years working together. 

The decision was reached following the recent World Artistic Championships in Stuttgart, where Australia’s Women’s Artistic Team narrowly missed Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification.

Gymnastic Australia’s High Performance Director, Andrew Logan says that Brestyan’s legacy will live on in Australia through the system change he has driven. 

“Mihai has overseen the creation of one technical pathway for athlete progression in Australia, aligning skill and element learning,” Logan says.

“There is no doubt we have benefited from one of the best coaches in the world of gymnastics. In the last two-and-a-half years, Mihai has passionately advocated the importance of physical preparation for performance. 

“He has raised the bar to the standard and expectations physically, technically and mentally for our gymnasts to be world’s best.”

GA President Sam McKay also paid tribute to Brestyan’s contribution to the sport.

“On behalf of Gymnastics Australia, I would like to sincerely thank Mihai for all that he has done to improve the performance of our elite WAG program,” McKay said. 

“Mihai will remain a close friend and adviser to the Australian gymnastics community.”

While Brestyan’s current role will officially finish next month, he will continue to work closely with GA to ensure the continuity of his philosophy, providing advice on the appropriate structure and personnel to support GA’s high-performance programs into the future.