USA Gymnastics chief operating officer Ron Galimore has been elected as President of the Pacific Alliance National Gymnastics Federation (PANGF), it has been announced.
Galimore, a multiple national champion who was due to compete at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow before the United States boycotted the event after the then Soviet Union refused to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, was appointed to the position during the recent Pacific Rim Championships.
He will be tasked with leading the organisation, which organises the Championships, attended by the likes of Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the US, and other countries on the Pacific coast.
As well as Galimore’s election as head of the governing body, several key positions within PANGF for the upcoming 2017 to 2022 cycle were chosen.
Australian George Tatai will be the first vice-president under Galimore, while Juan Medina of Colombia will take on the role of second vice-president.
Jacqui Weatherill of Australia and New Zealand’s Tony Compier have been chosen to be members-at-large and Jeff Thomson will be the men’s technical coordinator.
Another Australian, Helen Colagiuri, has been appointed as women’s technical coordinator.
American Catherine Yakhimovich was selected as the rhythmic technical coordinator, with Chuck Smith of Australia chosen for the same role in the trampoline discipline.
Galimore’s home country were the dominant force at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, held at the Xfinity Arena in Everett.
After the likes of star gymnast Simone Biles, who clinched her third straight title at last year’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow, had reigned supreme in the all-around discipline and had guided her nation to the team crown, the hosts won nine of the 10 gold medals on offer on the final day.
Rhythmic gymnast Aliya Protto was the star of the show as she sealed a hat-trick of titles, reigning supreme in the ball, hoop and club disciplines.
Donnell Whittenburg, vault bronze medallist at Glasgow 2015, picked up two apparatus gold medals of his own as he topped the podium in the rings and parallel bars.