Khammam: Having left a mark of her own in the field of gymnastics, Hyderabad-based Alica Joe is now intending to produce quality gymnastics players and rhythmic gymnasts to bring laurels to the State.
Based in Hyderabad, Joe started practicing gymnastics at the age of three and half years. After her 16-year stint as gymnastics player representing erstwhile Andhra Pradesh and later Telangana State, she got retired in the year 2015 after National Games.
She moved to the field of officiating the games and currently is an International Gymnastics Judge and National Coach. She has started an academy, Joe’s Gymnastics Academy, located at Manikonda in the State capital, to train the aspiring kids in gymnastics. Joe was in Khammam recently to officiate at South Zone Acrobatics Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship. ‘The main objective of the academy is to promote the sport in Telangana and to produce as many as players as possible to represent the State’, she told Telangana Today sharing her plans.
“The number of gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics coaches is less in south India, the same is the case with players, in comparison to the north. The sport requires strength, flexibility, agility, balance and endurance. That is why the sport finds few takers” Joe said. Incidentally, Joe is the only qualified coach and judge in Southern India with regard to rhythmic gymnastics, though there are a few coaches to give training in artistic gymnastics. Her students are winning medals at many events and one of her student won a medal at Khammam event.
She was judge at Zhong Ling International Rhythmic Gymnastics Cup held at Beijing, China, 2017 and at Khelo India Youth Games held at Pune, 2019. She also mastered Chinese martial art Wushu and represented India at 3rd World Wushu Championship held at Bulgaria, 2018. ‘The credit for my success in the field of gymnastics goes to active encouragement of my father, Joseph James, who was Asian Gold medalist in the sport of power lifting and mother Jossy Joseph, a teacher’, she stated.
Joe also expresses her gratitude to Gymnastics Association of Telangana State general secretary K Maheshwar Sagar for his active support to her Gymnastics Academy where several kids in the age group of 3 to 12 are undergoing training to represent the State.