D.Kutkaitė, the champion of artistic gymnastics who founded the academy: working with children is a real refreshment

D. Kutkaitė lived and worked in Spain for a long time, and returned, as she says, to popularize artistic gymnastics in Lithuania as well. According to her, it was not a very popular sport in the past, and now the number of children wanting to join is growing rapidly.

Girls of various ages and mastery attend classes at the Dalia Kutkaitė Academy of Artistic Gymnastics, which opened its doors in Vilnius in 2015. In other words, the academy welcomes not only professional athletes, but also those who want to train for their own pleasure.

More than 150 girls are currently playing sports at the academy. According to the interlocutor, sports usually start very early, as soon as a few years old. Asked how to successfully train the youngest, she explained that in the first year, she is simply taught to stay in the gym, to stay focused.

Photo by Dalia Kutkaitė Academy / Artistic gymnastics training

“Of course, a lot of things take place in gymnastics in the form of a game, and the training does not last long, about 45 minutes. In the first year, the most important thing is to learn to keep attention, get dressed, communicate, ”said the founder and coach of the academy.

D.Kutkaitė: “A lot can be learned and innate talent alone is not enough

Asked for advice on what qualities are needed in artistic gymnastics and what traits parents should pay attention to, D. Kutkaitė explained that it depends on what you want to achieve in this sport – sports for yourself or results.

Photo by Dalia Kutkaitė Academy / Distance training

Photo by Dalia Kutkaitė Academy / Distance training

“Just like you can’t be a good singer without hearing and voice, so can artistic gymnastics. Flexibility and body fineness are important. Of course, a lot can be learned and innate talent alone is certainly not enough. As in any area, without dedication, diligence and perseverance, nothing will be achieved. If a child, although very talented, is not motivated at all and does not want to work, there will be no result. And if a child has only average, but not the best physical data, but works a lot, patiently achieving his goal, then he can surpass even the most talented, but not able-bodied. “

As D. Kutkaitė said, the world of adults is so complicated and complicated that working with children is a real refreshment for her. The desire to train was not distracted by the quarantine. True, she said, working remotely with the little ones is a bit trickier, so the whole community is looking forward to being able to return to the academy.

Photo from personal album / Dalia Kutkaitė

Photo from personal album / Dalia Kutkaitė

D. Kutkaitė said that in 2020 she also contributed to the successful activities of the academy. The project “Artistic gymnastics classes – for health, self-expression and confidence” was launched in 2006. The project is co-financed by the Sports Support Fund, the main purpose of which is to promote physical activity of the Lithuanian population. During this project, artistic gymnastics was discovered by many girls, and after purchasing the much-needed professional equipment and after the activities organized in the capital’s schools, more than 100 students wanted to join! The children’s camp and the open day that took place in the summer were of no less interest. Most importantly, children who choose artistic gymnastics not only improve their physical health, but also make friends, learn to communicate, develop independence and community spirit.

By the way, the interlocutor remembered that she had similarly discovered artistic gymnastics herself – she was brought to the first training by her mother, who noticed the flexibility and activity of little Dalia.

“I immediately fell in love with this sport,” she said.

Photo by Dalia Kutkaitė Academy / Coach encourages Mintė

Photo by Dalia Kutkaitė Academy / Coach encourages Mintė

Nine-year-old Mintė also loved artistic gymnastics

Artė also fell in love with artistic gymnastics when she opened the gym for the first time 3 years ago and is now nine years old. Her mother Aušrinė said that her daughter’s eyes burned with the desire to play sports and did not fade in those few years.

It is gratifying that the training did not stop during the quarantine either.

“We really like the work of the coaches. They work sincerely together, engage not only in gymnastics, but also in other activities, pay a lot of attention to building friendly relationships. For example, they fill out a diary with comments on what needs to be corrected, what was good, and so on, ”she said.

According to Mintė’s mother, I am glad that the training did not stop during the quarantine either, because children spend a lot of time studying at computers, and sports encourage them to move more. “I have a son who attends basketball, but there are no classes at the moment and I notice how the child is missing it.”

Aušrinė said that her daughter probably likes the fact that she is allowed to improvise during training: “I see when there is a task to choose your favorite melody to create your dance, your eyes are the most shiny and she is very happy and trying. It is the most motivating. Apparently, we got where we needed to be, because during those three years, the desire to play sports really didn’t go away. “

The project “Artistic Gymnastics Classes – for Health, Self-Expression and Confidence” is funded by the Sports Support Fund, which is administered by the Education Exchange Support Foundation.


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