My love for wheel gymnastics started in 2001 when I first experienced the sport at the opening ceremony of the World Championships in Liestal, Switzerland. The interplay of body control, strength and aesthetics inspires me to this day.
Shortly after the World Championships, I started wheel gymnastics myself at a local club in Birsfelden. I enjoyed learning new elements, practicing routines and finally presenting what I had learned in competitions. It soon became clear that I wanted to practice the sport competitively and my path led me to Zurich. There, I benefited from a lot of know-how, improved my technique and learned advanced elements.
After participating in two World Championships in the junior category, I started to invest even more time in wheel gymnastics and complemented my training in Zurich with additional training sessions in Liestal. My commitment led to successful participations in four World Championships in the senior category.
Altogether, I won two world championship titles, five runner-up titles and eight bronze medals. After the World Championships in Magglingen I decided to pass my knowledge to the next generation and started coaching in Liestal. I enjoy working as a coach, but I am also aware that only a small number of gymnasts can benefit from my knowledge this way. Therefore, I decided to write this book.
It summarizes my knowledge from 20 years of involvement in wheel gymnastics and shows the path from beginner to world champion step by step. My hope is to reach many gymnasts and coaches and make a significant contribution to the development of this great sport.
Finally, I would like to emphasize that wheel gymnastics should be fun and that the focus should not lie on rivalry but rather on personal development. Every single training session presents an opportunity to acquire lifelong skills such as self-confidence, initiative, perseverance and dealing with success and failure. No one goes through life without obstacles. But those who repetitively go beyond their limits and find ways to overcome challenges will be successful in the long term. Therefore, wheel gymnastics is not only a great hobby, but also a valuable investment for the future.