At the beginning of 2022, after nine years as IRV Head of Cyr, Éric Deschênes decided that it was time to pass the baton on to the next generation. With increased responsibilities in his professional life, he was no longer able to commit enough of his time to follow up further development of IRV Cyr activities.
Cyr Wheel was first included in the IRV World Championships in 2013 in Chicago, USA, where the competition regulations were created by André St-Jean & Éric Deschênes (both affiliated with the National Circus School in Montreal, Canada) in co-operation with Wolfgang Bientzle (USA Wheel Gymnastics). Since then, under the direction of Éric and in collaboration with colleagues from the IRV and the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB), the Cyr Wheel Code of Points has been developed to its current version (4.1a), which was implemented for the first time at the 2022 World Championships in Sonderburg, Denmark.
We are extremely grateful for the expertise Éric has brought to the IRV over the last nine years. The Cyr Difficulty Catalogue and categorisation of skills is the product of Éric’s knowledge and guidance. We have learned a lot and are immensely grateful for the time he has invested to bring the Cyr Wheel Code of Points to where it is today. In the future, we know we have a good friend in Montreal, where Éric is program coordinator for Gym and Cyr wheel at the Canadian National Circus School.
The IRV is now actively looking for a new Head of Cyr to promote and develop international competitive Cyr Wheel activities for the IRV. This position needs to be filled in the first half of 2023 for us to be able to plan for an individual Cyr Wheel World Championship competition in 2024.
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