04. January 2003  
Linz (AUT), Berlin (GER)  
Artistic Gymnastics

... Personalities: Another German gymnastics expert has gone abroad ...

For one of Germany's longest-serving senior coaches, Monday 5 January 2009 is his first working day in the European City of Culture, Linz, in Upper Austria.
Siegfried WÜSTEMANN, hitherto of SC Berlin - following his predecessor Gerhard Kaminski (who served as senior coach at the former SC Dynamo Berlin for over 24 years) - has thus, after 22 years, ended one of the longest periods of service in a leading position at a German gymnastics centre, and one which is among the most successful in the history of the sport. The reason for his departure was the Deutschen Turner-Bund's surprise suspension of Siegfried Wüstemann from the position of senior coach for the junior squad shortly before the Junior European Championships in April last year ...

Siegfried Wüstemann with one of his many successful protégés, Paolo Lando

Unfortunately, the former Spartakiade champion, GDR national and Olympic squad gymnast (in the 1970s) did not succeed to a sufficient extent in persuading all the centres and his fellow coaches to support his ambitious plans.
And that is what brought about his suspension by the DTB as squad coach at short notice - and to everyone's surprise - shortly before the Junior Europeans in Lausanne in May 2008.
It turned out not to be possible to clarify matters with his former employer, the DTB, or to find new employment opportunities or reasonable professional prospects for such a highly qualified and successful coach in Germany. "The DTB has never held any discussion with me to really clarify the reasons for my suspension", - says Wüstemann disappointedly.
And so neither the Berlin Gymnastics Association nor the gymnastics manager and head coach in Berlin Jens Milbradt were able to prevent this regrettable loss of an expert coach.
Towards the very end of last year, Siegfried Wüstemann decided to take on a new challenge:

Wüstemann: 'I see this as a new professional challenge; ... if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well!'

It is to be expected that Austrian talents will be there who are training under the guidance of the now ex-Berlin gymnastics expert Siegfried Wüstemann.
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