NATIONAL SPORT ACADEMY<br />"VASSIL LEVSKI"

Assoc. prof. Veselin Petrov, Ph.D.

Faculty of Public Health, Health Care and Tourism
Gymnastics
Artistic Gymnastics
Contacts:
Stud. grad: (02) 4014(287)

Vesselin Stoyanov Petrov was born on 11 October 1951 in the town of Elhovo, Bulgaria. He started practising artistic gymnastics in 1962 and until 1979 competed for several sports clubs including Chernomorets Sports Club, Burgas, the CSKA Sports Club and Academic Sports Club, Sofia.

In 1977 he became Master of Sport.

In 1976 he graduated with honours from the Higher Institute of Physical Education and Sport G. Dimitrov, Sofia, specializing in theory and methods of training gymnastics.

From 1976 to 1979 he worked as a gymnastics coach at the Secondary Sports School in the town of Burgas, Bulgaria.

In 1979 he won a competition for a full time assistant professor at the Gymnastics Department of the Higher Institute of Physical Education and Sport G. Dimitrov, Sofia.

In 1981 he became a post-graduate student at the Higher Institute of Physical Education and Sport G. Dimitrov, Sofia.

In 1983 he became senior assistant professor and in 1987 he became head assistant professor at the Institute. The same year he successfully defended his university thesis and earned his Doctors degree.

He 1991 he became an associate professor at the Higher Institute of Physical Education and Sport G. Dimitrov, Sofia.

From 1979 to 1991 he was also a gymnastics coach at Academic Sports Club, Sofia and at the Higher Institute of Physical Education and Sport G. Dimitrov, Sofia. In 1986 these teams became National Champions in Gymnastics.

In the course of his coaching career, 7 of the gymnasts he trained won the title Master of Sport and many others became Champions in the different apparatuses.

From 1991 to present he has been in charge of the development of education and research in the Gymnastics Department of the Higher Institute, now the National Sport Academy Vassil Levski, Sofia.

Since 2003 he has been Head of the Gymnastics Department at the Academy.

Throughout his career as university lecturer and coach, he has been the scientific adviser of many graduate and post-graduate students. At present he is the scientific adviser of two post-graduate students.

Since 1993 he has been an international judge for FIG and for the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation. In 2005 he became President of the Technical Committee of Mens Gymnastics to the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation.

He speaks Russian, German and Spanish fluently.

He has more than 80 publications in Bulgaria and abroad.

His scientific interests are in the field of the methods, techniques and biomechanics of gymnastic exercises.

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