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Day 12 – Sunday 4 June

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The final day of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships ended spectacularly at Hisense Arena, wrapping up 34 sessions of fabulous Gymnastics across 12 days featuring five Gymsports.

The morning begun with Qualifications and Finals for Tumbling and Syncronised Trampoline in the Youth, Junior and Senior International divisions, as well as Level 7 Acrobatic Gymnastics.

Starting off the day was Acro, featuring Level 7 Women’s Pairs, Mixed Pairs, and Women’s Trios. Tahlia Crighton and Jacinta Anger from Queensland took the gold for Balance, Dynamic and the Overall title for the Women’s Pairs, meanwhile Victorians Daniel Zenkis and Lauren Andonovski took home gold for all three categories in the Mixed Pair competition, just in front of Dylan Findley and Mikki Clegg also from Victoria. The outstanding fight for first for the Level 7 Women’s trio was taken by Natalie Lin, Jennifer Lim, and Emily McHale from NSW, who also took the Gold Medal across all three categories.

The medals were well and truly shared around in Acrobatic Gymnastics with New South Wales (NSW), Queensland and Victoria all taking home three gold medals each.  NSW lead the pack taking home 12 medals, Victoria nine, and Queensland six. The superb, clean routines made it clear how hard each and every gymnast had worked to get to an Australian Championships.

Tumbling was another event not to miss in this morning’s session. Junior tumblers Georgia Beddal (SA) and Blake Grainger (NSW) took home the Gold in the Female and Male categories respectively. NSW dominated the Youth tumbling, taking four of the five medals on offer. Breanah Cauchi (Female) and Damon Louwen (Male) took the Gold in the Youth division, whilst Jack Hemmings of NSW smashed the Senior Male tumbling with a score of 67.700. Connor Jones of South Australia took the Senior Male Silver (47.600). Shannon Usher took Gold for NSW in the Senior Female Tumbling Final, with Natasha Giles of SA was second. NSW took home the gold for the International Team final with a team score of 88.400, only just in front of SA, who scored 87.200.

Spectacular Syncronised Trampoline ended with Samuel Durkin (QLD) and Tristan Raymond (TAS) pairing up to take Gold in the Youth Male division with a score of 85.795, well ahead of Dylan Nolan and Dylan Scanlon from Western Australia (WA), with 64.850. However, it was a tough fight for Gold for the Youth Female division, with Ella Mar Fan (QLD) and Amber French (TAS) taking Gold with 84.970, ahead of Victorian’s Sunday Hollingsworth and Lia Sterns, who took Silver with 84.205.  NSW took out the National Titles for all four remaining Synchronised Trampoline categories; Junior Male and Female, and Senior Male and Female.

The final session for competition at the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships starred Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior and Senior Groups, Acrobatic Gymnastics Combined routines, and Trampoline Team Finals.

The stunning Rhythmic Group competition starred teams from both Queensland and NSW. The Queensland Senior Group took Gold and along with it the Australian Title, with a score of 25.650, and whilst the Group from NSW claimed the Silver Medal with 19.700. Queensland also took Gold and Silver for the Junior Group competition.

Acrobatic Gymnastics finished on a high with the Combined routine competition. Competitors from Levels 8, 9, 10, as well as Junior International 12-18, 13-19 and Senior took to the stage to complete their competition. Stand out performances were from the Senior Mixed Pair of Aaron Mavro and Alicia Livolti from Victoria, as well was from the Senior Women’s Trio of Lauren Farquhar, Taylah Doosey and Maja Moore from NSW.

The Junior International 13-19 Women’s Trio was an outstanding competition, with three groups fighting for first position. Emily Cuddy, Holly Loquet and Sue Seki from Victoria outshone the pack, receiving Gold for all four divisions; Balance, Dynamic, Combined and Overall, with all three competing groups fabulous to watch! NSW and Victoria had outstanding results through all of session, dominating the Podium across every level.

The Trampoline concluded with the International Team Finals.  NSW received Gold for both the Male and Female Team in the Double Mini Trampoline Team events, whilst WA took out the Gold in the Female Trampoline Team Final, with a outstanding score of 148.765, just on top of Queenslanbd, who scored 147.785, and NSW on 126.800. In the Men’s Trampoline  Team Final, NSW’s strong final finish lead them to the top spot with 174.165, leaving Queensland (161.456) and Tasmania (159.860) to take the minor medals on the podium.

Once again NSW took the trophy as the Overall International Team Champions, with a massive score of 585.24, with Queensland second on 351.30, and WA in third with 344.87. An outstanding result for NSW after a long week of competition!

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

That’s a wrap for 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships – thanks to all the athletes, coaches, judges, chaperones, team managers, officials, staff, volunteers and spectators who made the event another spectacular success!  We can’t wait to see you all again in 2018!

 

Day 11 – Saturday 3 June

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Session 30 started the penultimate day of competition at the 2017 Australian Gymastics Championships, with the Level 9 and 10 Rhythmic Gymnasts lighting up the floor as they fought it out for the Individual Apparatus titles. Victoria’s Jessica Mackenzie was the stand out performer in Level 9, taking Gold in Hoop and Ball to go with her Bronze in Ribbon.

In the Level 10s it was Annelise Harper from New South Wales who had the most consistent morning, claiming Silver in three Apparatus before winning Ribbon Gold.

A busy schedule of Trampoline and Acrobatic occupied an eventful Session 31 in the middle of the day, which was marred by couple of falls on Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline Qualifications. We wish speedy recoveries to both injured athletes.

In the Acro action during the session, Junior 11-16 Women’s Pairs and Trio’s fought it out with Fleur Coolen and Teagon Garland from New South Wales (NSW) taking out the Pairs Overall Gold with a score of 52.350. Another NSW team took out the Trio division, with Zarie Dawson, Mikaela Dennis and Ellie Campbell finishing on top with a score of 52.900.

The last title of the session went to Daniel Lawther and Rafael Velasco in the Junior 11-16 Men’s Pairs.
Danielle Prince continued the New South Wales domination of Rhythmic Gymnastics at this year’s Australia Gymnastics Championships, claiming three Gold and one Silver Medal in tonight’s Senior International Apparatus Finals at Hisense Arena.

In front of an enthralled crowd, Prince’s experience shone through as she consistently out classed the field winning Ribbon, Clubs and Hoop, only being bested on one apparatus by fellow New South Wales team mate, Enid Sung, who put together a commanding Ball routine to start the night.

Newly-crowned 2017 Senior International All-Around Australian Champion, Tara Wilkie, unfortunately had to withdraw from tonight’s finals due to a knee complaint that she picked during her title win last night. Prince reflected on becoming New Wales teammates with Wilkie and Sung, after the five-time All-Around Australian Champion moved states from Queensland to New South Wales after her Olympic campaign in Rio last year.

“We are all pushing each other at the moment, and that’s the best place to be in,” Prince said.

“But that competitiveness between us is left out on the floor, and we’re excellent teammates out the back,” she continued.

Prince’s previous national record sets a high water mark, with dominant results throughout her career, and although she almost pulled off a clean sweep of the Apparatus Finals tonight, she said her performance was a little down on previous years.

“This National Championship definitely wasn’t my best, but for me it was a stepping stone onto the World Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Prince explained.

“Coming back after Olympics, and having about four months off, I feel like it’s all a work in progress at the moment.”

On the other side of Hisense Arena, the Senior International Trampoline finals were decided with New South Welshman, Ty Swadling, claiming his second National title, with a score of 58.255, ahead of his brother and Silver Medallist, Shaun Swadling (56.530), with fellow statesman, Aiden Thomas (55.955), rounding out the placings with Bronze.

Rio Olympian – New Zealand’s Dylan Schmidt – took outright Gold with a score of 60.625, but wasn’t eligible for the Australian Title.

After Swadling’s first individual National Title win in 2011, the now two-time Australian Champion credited his relaxed approach in the lead up to this event with giving him the edge ahead of a strong field.

“I’ve been trying to keep things pretty happy and relaxed of late…I’ve been enjoying my family time, my work life, and keeping everything balanced,” Swadling said.

“I think I found the right formula to all that leading in so I felt great…it’s a very talented group of people [competing], so to come out with the win is always a great feeling.”

The Female Senior Individual Trampoline competiton was another clean sweep of the dais for New South Wales, with Kira Ward taking our the Gold Medal with a score 52.760, ahead of Leanne Van Rensburg on 48.790, and Amy Lewis on 48.205. New Zealand’s Rachel Schmidt finished second overall with 51.280, but like her brother, Dylan, she ineligible to win the Australian Title.

This evening’s Premium Session also featured our Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior International athletes in action, who put on a stunning display of flexibility and intricate apparatus work, showing that the future is bright for Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics.

In the Individual Apparatus Finals, the medals were predominantly shared around between Queensland’s Lidiia Iakovleva, and Victoria’s Alexandra Kiroi and Ashari Gill, who as well as finishing first, second and third respectively on the All-Around podium yesterday, collected 11 of the 12 Apparatus Medals on offer this afternoon. Iakovleva’s teammate, Saskia Broedelet chimed in with a Bronze Medal in the Ribbon final, scoring 10.850 to finish behind Iakovleva and Gill, whilst New South Wales’ Audrey Freeman tied with Kiroi for the Bronze Medal in Hoop.

Australia’s best up-and-coming Trampoline athletes were also in action this evening, in the Junior and Youth Individual Trampoline Finals. The Australian Titles were shared around between the states in these divisions, with Queensland’s Charlotte Johnstone taking out the Youth Female Title, and Western Australia’s Lachlan Robertson winning the Male equivalent, whilst South Australia’s Cassandra Hoare won the Junior Female Individual Trampoline Australian Title, and NSW’s Daniel Hancock was named Australian Champion in the Junior Men’s division.

International stream Double Mini Trampoline titles were also up for grabs in Session 32, and it was again NSW taking control of proceedings winning four of the six Gold Medals up for grabs, and nine medals all together.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

The 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships wraps up at Hisense Arena tomorrow, with the final day of competition in Rhythmic, Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics. Competition kicks off at 9am.

 

Day 10 – Friday 2 June

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Day 10 of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships our Acrobatic Gymnasts get their first taste of action, with the Level 6 Women’s and Mixed Pairs kicking off the Acro competition as well as this morning’s session.

The New South Wales pairing of Ingrid Norton and Isabella Yeomans took out the overall Gold Medal with a final score of 49.600, after finishing first in both the Balance and Dynamic exercises. Izabeya Jones and Emma Tiboni from Queensland claimed Silver, with an Overall score of 48.250, while the Victorian duo of Madlen Mikhaylichenko and Anastasia Teravska secured Bronze, scoring 47.730.

In the Level 6 Mixed Pairs, the pairing of Vitto Arellano and Rachel Eagleton from New South Wales claimed Overall Gold, with a score of 47.300, with Patrick Morgan and Charlise Rizzo from Victoria taking home Silver, finishing with a score of 44.880.

The afternoon session was a busy one, featuring part two of Qualifications for the Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) Junior Internationals, the final session of competition for our Age Group Trampolinists, and the Acrobatics Level 6 Trio competition.

It was a tight race in the RG Junior All-Around competition, with Queensland’s Lidiia Iakovleva prevailing over the Victorian pair of Alexandra Kiroi and Ashari Gill, to defent her 2016 National Title, and take home the Junior All-Around crown with a score of 52.350.  However Victoria dominated the Junior Team event, taking home the Gold Medal with a total score of 147.250, ahead of Queensland (135.500) and New South Wales (134.400).

In the afternoon Acrobatics competition, it was the Victorian trio of Emily Massara, Emily Maiorana and Kathy Le that took out the Overall Title, after consistent placings in their Balance (third) and Dynamic (routines), saw them take the Overall Gold with a total score of 48.870.

In the afternoon’s Trampoline session, as well as a further nine divisions of competition being decided, the Overall Champions in the Age Team Competition were decided.  Victoria took out the Double-Mini Trampoline Trophy, with a total score of 497.4, however it was the sky blue team from New South Wales that dominated the rest of the events, taking out the Synchronised Trampoline (328.8), Individual Trampoline (479.6) and Tumbling (451.4) awards, as well as the Overall Age Team Competition Trophy, with a total score of 398.51.

New South Wales’ Tara Wilkie threw caution to the wind to break through for her first Senior International Rhythmic Gymnastics All-Around Title, in a near-faultless display at Hisense Arena during the evening session.

On the comeback from surgery late last year, Wilkie started strong in her first routine with clubs and never looked back, absorbing the pressure and performing with supreme confidence to score a winning All-Around total of 61.050.

“It’s tough once you do a good routine, to get in the right mindset of not being too happy too soon,” Wilkie said.

It was Wilkie’s new New South Wales teammate and five-time All-Around Australian Champion, Danielle Prince, applying the majority of the pressure on Wilkie, in a reversal of role from years the previous two years. After a consistent night’s work Prince came away with All-Around Silver, and Wilkie humbly pointed out the influence that the 2016 Olympian has had on her.

“She [Prince] is an amazing gymnast; she’s achieved so much in her career…I look up to her, and since she moved down to New South Wales I think that gave me a bit of a push as well,” Wilkie said.

“I now know that I have to keep training really hard, even through tough times, so being able to take this win – finally – I’m over the moon.”

Enid Sung claimed Bronze to make it a clean sweep on the All-Around podium for New South Wales, to go with the Team Gold that the Sky Blues won with a score of 174.550, ahead of Queensland (144.700) and Victoria (132.900).

The Qualifiers for the Senior Individual Trampoline competition also took place at Hisense Arena tonight, with New Zealand’s Dylan Schmidt finishing as the top Male qualifier to lead a strong field – including the Swadling brothers from New South Wales and Tasmania’s Jack Penny – into tomorrow’s final.

The notable out from tomorrow’s final is two-time Olympian Blake Gaudry, who was on track to make it through after his first flight, but uncharacteristically fell off the Trampoline during his second flight. To the crowd’s relief he was uninjured in the fall, but unfortunately his score couldn’t recover in quite the same way.

Another Kiwi – Rachel Schmidt – will lead the girls into tomorrow’s final Female Individual Trampoline Final, which will kick off at Hisense Arena from 6pm, alongside the Senior and Junior International Rhythmic Apparatus Finals.

Junior Trampoline and Youth Double Mini Trampoline Qualifications were also held tonight.  New South Wales’ Benjamin Carroll topped the Male Junior Trampoline rankings, whilst Queensland’s Carina

Our Acrobatic Gymnasts were also in action again tonight, with the Level 8, 9 and 10 groups performing their Balance and Dynamic routines.  Their competition will conclude on Sunday when their perform their combined routines in the final session of the Championships.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 9 – Thursday 1 June

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As we start to move through week two of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships, the action has began to intensify, and Session 24 was no exception, where we saw our Junior International Rhythmic Gymnasts getting their first hit out on the floor for the qualifications.

The girls only did two apparatus this morning, with the other two to follow tomorrow, as such we won’t see any results until all apparatus have been completed.

We weren’t starved of Rhythmic results during the session though, as the Sub-Junior Groups medals were awarded with two groups from New South Wales taking home the Gold and Silver medals, whilst a group from Queensland rounded out the podium with a Bronze.

Session 25 was again a busy one,with both Rhythmic and Trampoline on the go throughout. We got the first look at Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) for the year with, the  Under 15 and 17 Males and Females fighting it out in the middle of Hisense Arena, as the Under 11 Individual Trampoline boys and girls competed beside them.

In the end, DMT Under 15 titles were won by Victorians Sunday Hollingsworth and Will McInerney, and the Under 17s were taken out by the ACT’s Benjamin Brown and South Australia’s Rosie Cattrall. The Under 11 Individual Trampoline champions were Joel Stafford and Kayla Germyn, both from NSW.

The Rhythmic Sub and Pre Junior finals were also on during Session 25 and upon completion there was a bit of catching up to do for Rhythmic presentations at the end of the session, as the result of technical problems that impeded awards being handed out yesterday.

NSW took out the Sub Junior Team titl,e with their best performer Emmanoula Frokou also claiming the All-Around title. In Pre Junior Teams it was the Victorians edging out NSW by just .150, but the margin was anything but thin in the All-Around competition, with Queensland’s Phoebe Learmont winning every apparatus on top of the All-Around crown in a dominant Gold Medal-winning performance.

The Rhythmic Level 10 Team and All-Around title swere the first to be decided in Session 26, and NSW continued their strong Rhythmic form, taking both the Team Title and the minor All-Around medals, but it was Tiah McLaren, another Queenslander, with consistent routines on all apparatus to steal the Gold away from the NSW girls.

To round out the day we had finals for both Male and Female Under 13 Individual Tramponline, Under 11 DMT and 17+ DMT. With a pile of medals on offer – and as though to follow on from the theme of the Rhythmic presentations – it was NSW with the lion’s share of the time on the podium, with five medals, closely followed by Victoria with four.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 8 – Wednesday 31 May

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Week two of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships officially got underway at Hisense Arena today, with competition in the Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics kicking off in Melbourne.

The Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) Sub Juniors kicked off proceedings in the morning session, followed by the Pre Juniors in the afternoon. Both divisions will receive their Team and Individual All-Around awards following the Individual Apparatus Finals on Thursday afternoon.

The afternoon session saw a plethora of Trampoline athletes take to the competition arena for the first time at this year’s Championships, contesting the Under 11, 13 and 15 divisions in the Synchronised Trampoline, and the Under 17 and 17+ divisions in Tumbling.

In the afternoon’s Synchronised Trampoline competition New South Wales dominated proceedings, taking home four of the six Gold Medals on offer, as well as Silver and a Bronze. South Australia’s Cameron Tidd and Luka Danilovic and Victoria’s Jack O’Neil and Will McInerney were the exceptions to the rule, securing the Australian titles in the Under 13 Male and Under 15 Male categories respectively.

The Australian titles were shared around in the afternoon’s tumbling session, with athletes from four separate States taking out the titles on offer. Darcey Ridhalgh (NSW) won the Under 17 Female division, whilst Victoria’s Kyren Allison took out the equivalent Male age category. Meanwhile in the 17+ divisions, Mikaela Lange (SA) and Thomas Clough (QLD) took out the Female and Male titles respectively.

All Trampoline age groups were back in action in the evening session, with the Under 17 and 17+ Synchronised Trampoline competition, and the Under 11, 13 and 15 Tumbling competition. New South Wales once again featured heaving on the podium, collecting a total of 14 medals from the session – four of them Gold – but it was fantastic to see Tasmania win their first Gold Medal of the Championships across any Gymsport, with Dylan Hill and James Sonneveld taking out the 17+ Male Synchronised Trampoline event, with a total score of 88.800.

Our RG athletes were back in action in the evening, in the Level 9 Team and All-Around competition. It was another golden session for New South Wales, taking out the team event with a score of 120.050, ahead of Victoria (117.050) and Queensland (115.250), and with Olivia Owens winning the All-Around title with a score of 41.950. Victoria’s Jessica Mackenzie took the Silver Medal behind Owens (41.350), with her New South Wales teammate, Ella Chapman, securing Bronze (40.700).

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 7 – Sunday 28 May

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Day 7 at Australian Gymnastics Championships started with a bang with the MAG Level 7 Under boys taking to the floor at Hisense Arena in their final hurrah. Every gymnast worked extremely hard to demonstrate their routines outstandingly. Queensland topped the Team results with 354.559, followed by New South Wales (352.227) and Western Australia (338.024).

The All Around results were outstanding, with Zachary Simpson-Wylde (QLD) receiving Gold and the All-Around title with a score 123.380, Tom Brunker (NSW) receiving Silver with 118.047, and Matthew Davies (QLD) following with Bronze with a score of 114.847.  Zachary Simpson-Wylde has an exceptional performance, taking home the Gold Medal in five out of the six apparatus contested! Queensland won all eight Gold Medals on offer for the MAG Level 7 Under boys in the morning session.

Our Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Junior 14 and 15s were back in action in the afternoon session, contesting their Vault and Uneven Bars Apparatus Finals.

Victoria’s Romi Brown continued her great form from day one of Finals, taking out both titles on Vault and Uneven Bars, with scores of 12.350 and 11.600 respectively.

Meanwhile in the Junior 14 division, NSW pocket rocket Zoe McNamara took out the Vault title with a score of 12.612, beating out teammate Danielle Latter and Queensland’s Kate Sayer, who tied for second on 12.375.  Junior 14 All-Around Champion, Isla Ross, added another title to her name in the Uneven Bars Final, taking home the Gold with a score of 12.125 ahead of fellow Queenslander, Kate Sayer (11.675) and Western Australia’s Sophie Prince (11.375).

Competition for the Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnasts at the 2017 Australian Championships concluded with part two of the Senior International Individual Apparatus Finals; Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar for the Men, and Beam and Floor for the Women.

Victorian Georgia-Rose Brown was outstanding this afternoon on both Beam and Floor, claiming the Gold Medals on both Apparatus, with scored of 12.500 and 12.975 respectively. On Floor, Jade Vella-Wright closely followed Brown with a score of 12.425, with a three way tie for Bronze between Elly Bayes (VIC), Erin Modaro (VIC), and Queensland’s Rianna Mizzen, with 12.375.

Georgia-Rose Brown said that it was her consistency that got her over the line.

“I was really happy…my goal was to go out there and be as consistent as possible and hit my routines…they’re not the most difficult at the moment, but it’s a work in progress.”

Unfortunately, Western Australia’s Emily Little had an uncharacteristic stumble on Beam, as well as a sickening fall from her first tumbling pass on Floor, which left her unable to complete her routine, but thankfully physically okay.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

In the Men’s competition, the states shared around the Gold Medals in part two of the Apparatus Finals, with South Australia, Queensland and Victoria taking out the top sports on Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar respectively.

Christopher Remkes from South Australia took out top spot for Vault with a massive score of 15.000, followed closely by his teammate and training partner, Clay Stephens, and Gabriel Swan-McLean from New South Wales.

Mitchell Morgans from Queensland won the Parallel Bars Australian Title with a score of 13.850, whilst also claiming Silver on Horizontal Bar with 13.800.  Tyson Bull from Victoria took home the Gold Medal on Horizontal Bar, with a crowd pleasing that scored 14.500.

Morgans said he was much happier with his Finals results, after a disappointing performance in qualifications.

“[I was] much better today…better than the other days…[I] was pretty happy with finals. Tyson is a good competitor, and we like to battle it out each year so it’s good to have him here.”

Following on from his success at the Australian Gymnastics Championships, Morgans is looking towards representing Australia World University Games and World Championships later in the year.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

The 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships will continue at Hisense Arena this Wednesday, with competition commencing in the Rhythmic, Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics divisions.

 

Day 6 – Saturday 27 May

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Day 6 of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships kicked off with an all-boys affair this morning, with Session 16 featuring the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Level 8 Open Finals.

The session was dominated by New South Wales, Adam Rusgnach, Jarrod Buick and Joseph D’Souza-Bullman making a clean-sweep of the podium, finishing in first, second and third All-Around respectively. The boys in blue continued their dominance on the apparatus podium, with New South Wales taking home a total of 13 medals from the session; six of them gold.

It was day two of competition for the MAG Level 8 Unders and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) International Level 10s (IL10s) and Junior 13s in the afternoon session, with medals-galore given out in the subsequent presentations.

Team New South Wales once again topped the podium in the IL10 division, led by Lucy Stewart who took out the All-Around title with a combined score of 102.200, as well as leading the team to victory (296.700). Stewart also took home four individual apparatus medals – two gold and two silver – confirming her position as a star on the rise in elite Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
Western Australia took out the Junior 13 Team Title with a total score of 267.350, but it was the sole Queensland representative – Samantha Olivier – who took out the All-Around Title with a combined score of 90.575.

In the MAG Level 8 Under competition New South Wales took out the Team event with a total score of 347.858, ahead of Queensland (343.391) and Victoria (338.009). However it was Queenslander Joshua Swanepoel who took the All-Around Gold for the maroons, with a combined total of 117.131, ahead of New South Wales’ Ewen McConville (116.313) and Alan Osman (115.581).
The evening Premium Session saw part one of the MAG and WAG Senior International Apparatus Finals, as well as the WAG Junior 14 and 15s contest their Beam and Floor Finals.

It was Queensland proving once again that they are the strongest state in the Senior Men’s competition, with three different athletes from the Sunshine state collecting each of the Individual Apparatus Titles on offer tonight.

Making up for an inconsistent performance in the All-Around Final, Victoria’s Romi Brown was consistent in both of tonight’s finals, winning the Junior 15 National Titles on both Beam (11.025) and Floor (12.200).

Meanwhile the medals were shared around in the Junior 14 Finals, with Elena Chipizubov of New South Wales taking Gold on Beam (12.700) and Bronze on Floor (12.000). Meanwhile Western Australia’s Sophie Prince took out the Floor Title with a stirring performance, which earned her a winning score of 12.175.

The Emily Little show rolled on inside Hisense Arena in the WAG Senior International finals, as the diminutive West Australian continued to sweep the medals at the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus titles were decided throughout the evening, with Little claiming an emphatic victory on Vault to kick start her night. She also tied for second on Uneven Bars with Victoria’s Kate McDonald, with last year’s All-Around National Champion, Rianna Mizzen (QLD), taking Gold after a spectacular routine.

It was Mizzen’s third Uneven Bars title in a row, a title that she was relieved to claim after struggling with her two previous attempts on this apparatus during the qualifications and All-Around Final earlier this week.

“Missing it [the release] two times over the first few days was tough so hitting it tonight to win feels amazing,” Mizzen said. “I’m now feeling confident for the rest of my routines tomorrow.”

It was Queensland proving once again that they are the strongest state in the Men’s competition, with three different athletes from the Sunshine state collecting each of the Individual Apparatus Titles on offer tonight.

In the Senior International MAG Finals, this year’s All-Around Champion, Michael Mercieca, continued his run of form, taking out the Rings Gold, with Scott Costin beating a strong field to win Gold on Floor, and Michael Tone edging out one of the pre-event favourites, Chris Remkes, on Pommel, to add a Gold to the Silver he won on Rings.

“All the guys are really competitive [on Pommel], Chris especially,” Tone said. “I’ve been against Chris a few times this year already and we’ve been neck and neck, so it’s good to come out on top tonight.

“But I know he will be right with me next time too, so I’ve got to keep watching my back.”

You can catch the final session of competition in the Senior International Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus Finals when they kick off from 1.30pm at Hisense Arena tomorrow afternoon. Gymnastics Australia will also be announcing the 2017-18 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National Squad following the conclusion of tomorrow’s session.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 5 – Friday 26 May

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Day 5 of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena saw the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) International Level 10s (IL10) and Junior 13s, and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Level 7 Open finalistrs take to the competition floor in the morning session.

Session 13 saw Lucy Stewart from New South Wales (NSW) take the All Around lead in IL10 with a score of 50.900, ranking first in her Beam and Floor routines. Rose Blackhall from Victoria is narrowly behind Stewart in second place, with 50.100, including taking out top spot in Vault. Ella Perry, also from NSW sits in third place with a score 47.450.

The MAG Level 7 Under competition in the morning belonged to Queensland, with Zachary Wilson (61.364), and Matthew Davies (57.531) ranking in first and third place overall after day one of competition, with Tom Brunker from NSW (59.098) in second.

In the afternoon session the WAG Junior 14 and 15 Combined Team and All-Around Champions were crowned, with Victoria winning the Team Gold. Isla Ross from Queensland claimed the Junior 14 All-Around title, whilst we had two winners in the Junior 15s, with Stella Ashcroft claiming the first Gold (and first medal) for New Zealand at this year’s Australian Championships, and Victoria’s Romi Brown winning the residential title.

The MAG Level 7 Open All-Around and Apparatus Champions were also decided in Session 14 with Ben Venus from South Australia taking out the All-Around Gold. Additionally, Todd Brinkworth finished on top of the Pommel rankings to register Western Australia’s (WA) first Gold Medal of this year’s Championships.

Session 15 saw Emily Little (WA) and Michael Mercieca (QLD) claim the Senior All0-Around Artistic Gymnastics titles in front of a vocal crowd.

The best in the business lit up the floor at Hisense Arena tonight as Western Australia’s (WA) Emily Little and Queensland’s Michael Mercieca claimed the Senior All-Around Artistic Gymnastics Titles in front of a vocal crowd.

Little prevailed with a score of total 106.750, holding off the competition to claim her first nation,al title by just .350 of a point. Unfortunately Queensland’s Georgia Godwin, the leader after qualifications on Wednesday, had to pull out of the final due to injury, so it was left to Victoria’s Georgia-Rose Brown and last year’s champion Rianna Mizzen (also of Queensland) to fight it out with Little.

Mizzen fell away through inconsistent routines on Floor, Beam and Uneven Bars, ending her night in third on 104.200, but Brown was on top of her game and pushed Little right to the wire to claim silver on 106.400, a fact that wasn’t lost on the eventual champion.

“Georgia-Rose is looking really good at the moment, you can tell she’s put in a lot of hard work so to finish just above her is great,” Little said humbly.

“I was coming second after the qualifiers – after a mistake on Beam – and I was pretty confident if I just stuck all my performances in the final I was a good chance to finally win Gold.”

Brown did manage to win a Gold of her own though, as Victoria took out the Senior Woman’s Team event with a total score 312.850, ahead of WA on 293.050, and New South Wales on 277.950.

Men’s Champion, Mercieca, was focused and consistent across both days of competition to comfortably be crowned All-Around Champion with a score of 159.933. It was only last year that Mercieca was one of the favourites to win, but succumbed to an injury in qualifiers that ruled him out of the finals.

“Last year was quite disappointing to come away with an injury in qualifiers, but it all came together this year, which feels so good,” Mercieca said.

For the Men’s minor medals steady, performances from South Australia’s Clay Stephens saw him score 155.448 to narrowly edge out Mitchell Jones (QLD) to take the silver, with Jones taking bronze on 155.366.

Both champions are looking to the future, with Mercieca getting ready for World University Games in August this year as well as World Championship Trials in September.  Little will go back to plan with her Head Coach before deciding on her next move, but is full of confidence going forward.

“I know Mihai (Brestyan) has a couple of plans up his sleeve, and I’m ready for anytham.ing…I really just want to get out there, increase my difficulty and keep pushing it as a world-class gymnast.”

Hisense Arena will click back into competition mode tomorrow morning, with Session 16 starting from 8.30am.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 4 – Thursday 25 May

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Day Four of competition at Hisense Arena showcased the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 8 Under and Over finals, and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Level 8 Open qualifications.

Queensland continue their excellent championship form, claiming Gold and Silver medals in the Level 8 Over finals, with Aymie Hartland winning gold on three out of the four apparatus.

Furthermore, the Level 8 Under Final session saw NSW win Gold, with the ACT getting on the board for a silver medal, while Queensland would finish with bronze. Nikoletta Stadnik from NSW, and Michaela Smith from the ACT were the most consistent performers across the four apparatus.

The morning also saw Tasmania win their first medal for the Championships, whilst South Australia took home their first Gold and medal in WAG to boot.

In Session 11 we had the WAG Level 9 finals, plus the MAG Level 9 Under finals. A plethora of medals were up for grabs with All-Around and Apparatus titles across all age divisions.

The session ended with Queensland and South Australia splitting the four All-Around Gold Medals on offer; with Jesse Moore (SA) winning the MAG Level 9 Under 15s, Savannah Crompton (SA) the WAG Level 9 16 & Over, Olivia Doherty (QLD) WAG Level 9 15 & Under and Indigo Dragon (QLD) taking the MAG Level 9 Under 17 title.

It was another medal-fest in final session of the day for the WAG level 10s and MAG Level 9 Open finals. Victoria crowned two All-Around Champions with Ryan O’Keefe taking out the MAG Level 9 Open Gold Medal and Lauren Pengelly snatching the title in the WAG Level 10 17 & Over division.

Queensland were again the dominate state of the session though, collecting seven of the 17 national titles contested, with Madison Thompson claiming the WAG Level 10 16 & Under All-Around title.

At the end of the day’s action Queensland had amassed a staggering haul with 19 Gold and 36 medals in total to add to their medal tally, all in just three sessions.

Additionally, during presentations for the final session of the day, the official WAG team and MAG shortlisted athletes were announced for the Open Levels Tour to the New Zealand National Championships later this year.

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team

Madison Thompson (QLD)
Lauren Pengelly (VIC)
Georgia Keane (ACT)
Karleigh Fraser (QLD)
Chloe Jackson-Brown (NSW)
Tiana Odessa (QLD)
Rachel Laval (VIC)
Rachel Graham (QLD)

Reserves:
Christine Cross (QLD)
Jaid Otrupcek (NSW)

Shortlisted Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Athletes

Brodie Chaffey (QLD)
Mitchell Harding (QLD)
Nicolas Koops (QLD)
Kipngetich Kemei (QLD)
Patrick Rudd (QLD)
Taylor Moss (QLD)

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 3 – Wednesday 24 May

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We rolled into day three of action at Hisense Arena with Woman’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 7 finals and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Level 7 Open qualifications. With lots of medals on up for grabs we saw New South Wales (NSW) picking up where Queensland left off last night, sweeping the majority of the medals on offer, with nine gold, five silver and five bronze.

NSW weren’t the only ones celebrating though, with both Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) collecting their first gold medals of the Championships. Western Australia also opened their account in this morning’s session, picking up their first medal in the WAG Level 7 finals.

Session 8 saw WAG Junior 14 & 15 and MAG Level 8 Open qualification. NSW’s MAG boys weren’t to be outdone by the girls and picked up another gold medal in the team event, scoring 227.560, ahead of Queensland with 216.263, and Victoria, who finished in third with 203.027. The WAG Junior 14 & 15 WAG finals will take part on day 2 of competition this Friday during Session 14.

An excited crowd were fixed to their seats as Australia’s best Men’s Artistic and Woman’s Artistic Gymnasts broke out the chalk and put on a gravity-defying show.

Queensland was the story of the night collecting the MAG Team Gold with a score of 237.298, ahead of Victoria on 229.932, and South Australia with 227.713; a great result for the South Australians, who fielded the first Senior MAG team at an Australian Championships in almost 20 years.

It was also two Queenslanders leading in both the MAG and WAG All Around qualifications, with commanding performances from Georgia Godwin and Michael Mercieca. The latter tasted victory tonight as a vital part of the Queensland MAG team, but is firmly focused on the All-Around finals which is already a tight affair with teammate Mitchell Jones and South Australia’s Clay Stephens snapping at Mercieca’s heels.

“It’s a great environment with the Queensland guys,” Mercieca said. “The last two years we’ve come away with second place, so the team is really happy that we’ve got the gold.

“I’m feeling positive with the lead heading into the finals on Friday, but there are obviously some improvements I can make as well, especially on Vault as I had a bit of a shocker [on Vault] tonight to be honest.”

“I’ll just going to focus on myself for the next couple of days and hope to have another consistent day for finals.”

Consistency was the same approach from Godwin who put up solid scores across the podium to hold a narrow lead over Western Australia’s Emily Little and Victoria’s Georgia-Rose Brown.

Little was satisfied with how her night ended, and was excited to be back competing at Hisense  Arena, after already competing at the World Cup here in February.

“It’s great to be back at Hisense; this arena is awesome and all the equipment is always so good…there is always such a good crowd here in Melbourne, so I just love competing here,” Little said.

“I think I started well on Floor, I had an explosive routine and tried to really show of my dance so that was fun,” she added.

Western Australia is currently sitting in third position in the WAG team rankings – behind Victoria and Queensland – and Little said that the team performance can really help spur you on.

“It’s a positive feeling when the team is doing well, so we’ll just keep cheering each other on.”

Competition will resume back at Hisense from 7pm on Friday 26 May, with both the MAG and WAG All-Around Final, as well as the WAG Team Final.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 2 – Tuesday 23 May

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Day two of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships kicked off with another jam-packed Podium Training session for our International Men’s and Women’s Artistic athletes, before the first competition session for the day kicked off just after lunch.

In action in Session 5 were a total of 85 athletes, competing across the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Level 9 Under and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 9 divisions.

In the first session of MAG competition for the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships, Queensland took home the first Gold Medal on offer in the Level 9 Under Team event, with a score of 225.227, ahead of Victoria (217.196) and New South Wales (215.458)

In the WAG Level 9 Team competition, Queensland stood atop the podium at the end of the session, scoring 206.400 to beat out New South Wales (203.375) and Victoria (199.725) for the Gold Medal.

The evening session saw the MAG Level 9 Open and WAG Level 10 athletes take to the floor at Hisense Arena. Queensland was again the story of the night, collecting gold medals in both WAG level 10 team scoring 207.896 and MAG level 9 Open teams with 164.800, to continue their dominate form. They have now won all bar one of the gold medals that have been decided thus far.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

Unfortunately during Session 5 today promising Victorian MAG athlete Billy McLean landed awkwardly in the first pass of his floor routine and sustained a serious leg injury having to be stretchered off the podium.  Gymnastics Australia wishes Billy all the best for a speedy recovery.

 

Day 1 – Monday 22 May

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The wait is finally over, with Australia’s premier national gymnastics event kicking off at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena this afternoon.
The 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships will be the biggest National Championships held to date, with 1,447 athletes 769 officials taking part in a jam-packed 34 sessions of gymnastics over 12 days of competition.

Athletes will compete in five different Gymsports from May 22 to June 4 – Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics – vying for the title of Australian Champion, with the Senior International athletes also looking ahead to selection for the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games teams.

Australian World Cup heroes Emily Little (WA), Chris Remkes (SA), Mitchell Morgans (QLD), Rianna Mizzen (QLD) and Georgia-Rose Brown (VIC) will all be in action throughout the Championships, along with 2016 Olympians Danielle Prince (NSW) and Blake Gaudry (SA).

Following a morning Podium Training session to test out the competition arena for this year’s Championships, competition kicked off this afternoon with the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) National Level 7 and 8 competition.

Following part one of competition in the afternoon session, the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships was officially launched, with the Opening Ceremony presided over by Gymnastics Australia’s CEO, Mark Rendell. The night one crowd were treated to a display by Glen Iris Gymnastics – who have several gymnasts competing in week two of this year’s Australian Gymnastics Championships – before Australian World Cup medallists Emily Little and Chris Remkes – both who tasted success at Hisense Arena earlier in 2017 – were selected to read the Athletes’ Oath and carry the Australian Flag respectively. Western Australia’s Allana Slater was selected to read the Officials’ Oath.

The WAG National Level 7 and 8 competition continued in the evening session, along with the first group of WAG Level 10 individual athletes, many of whom took to the competition floor for the first time at an Australian Championships.
Queensland took home the first Gold Medal of the Championships, winning the National Level 8 Team event with a score of 200.775, beating New South Wales (199.400) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) (198.175) to the top of the podium. New South Wales were crowned Australian Champions in the Level 7 Team competition, scoring 195.450 ahead of Victoria (193.900) and the ACT (192.400).

The WAG competition will continue in the National Levels divisions on Day 2 of the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships, whilst we will also see some of our Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) competition take to the competition floor for the first time.

For full results please go to ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results.

 

Day 12 – 4 June 2016

The 2016 Australian Championships has wrapped up with a jam-packed final day of action at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena.

To kick off the morning session we got to see our Rhythmic Level 9 athletes in action for the first time of the week. South Australia dominated the session, taking out the Team Title, Yaroslava Leonova, Faith Chin and Alisa Buglak sweeping the All-Around podium, and South Australian gymnasts taking home all four individual apparatus titles.

Our Acrobatic Gymnastic Level 6 Trios were also in action this morning. The medals were shared around for the Balance and Dynamic routine awards, but in the end Teisha Jang, Cassie Palombo and Clara De Asis of New South Wales were crowned National Champions.

In the afternoon session our Trampoline athletes were back in action, contesting the Senior, Junior and Youth Synchronised Trampoline and Tumbling Finals. New South Wales continued their dominance of the 2016 National competition, taking out five of the nine National Titles on offer during the session. Most notably Newcastle brothers, Ty and Shaun Swadling, overcame their disappointment of the Individual qualification event, by winning the Synchronised Trampoline National Title.

Rhythmic Level 9 Junior and Level 10 athletes were once again in action during the afternoon session as they contested their apparatus finals. It was once again a successful session for the Queensland Rhythmic Gymnastics team, with Saskia Broedelet taking out three of the four finals contested in Level 9 Junior, whilst Queensland athletes shared the spoils to take home all four apparatus titles in the Level 10 competition. Thu Luu of Victoria (Level 9 Junior) was the only athlete to stand atop the dias not from Queensland during the middle Rhythmic session.

Level 6 ACR athletes were once again in action during the afternoon, this time in the form of the pairs competition. Victoria’s Tori Singleton and Sandra Ngo took out the Level 6 Women’s Pair National Title, whilst Vitto Arellano and Katie Rose of NSW won the Level 6 Mixed Pairs category.

The evening session culminated in a fabulous session of group and team competitions. The Rhythmic Open, Junior and Senior groups were on display, in what proved to once again be a successful session for Queensland, with their groups taking home five of the eight medals on offer, including all three National Titles.

Session 33 also saw our Trampoline athletes band together to contest the Tumbling, Trampoline, DMT and Overall finals. New South Wales continued their dominance across all age and elite categories being contested during the Championships by winning all Team Finals they contested, and taking home the Overall Aggregate Trophy for both the Age and Elite divisions.

Finally the Level 8 to 10 and International Acrobats were back in action performing their Combined routines to contribute to their overall scores after competing their Balance and Dynamic routines yesterday. In the International divisions Sue Seki, Emily Cuddy and Holly Loquet of Victoria took out the Junior 12-18 Women’s Trio category, whist NSW’s Sarah Hemmings, Lauren Cosgrove and Jillian Connor took out the 13-19 division.

Full results: ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results

Our final presentation of National Gymsport Awards, Athlete Awards and Board Awards were also presented following the conclusion of competition this evening. Congratulations to all who received awards throughout week 2 of the Championships:

2015 National Gymsport Awards
Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG)
Teresa Evans QLD RG (Official of the Year)
Sarah Bewley WA RG (Aus Levels Coach of the Year)
Alexandra Eedle QLD RG (Junior Athlete of the Year)
Elizabeth Inaba-hill QLD RG (Aus Levels Athlete of the Year)
Danielle Prince QLD RG (Senior Athlete of the Year)
Gina Peluso QLD RG (International Coach of the Year)

Trampoline Gymnastics (TRP)
Belinda Cox NSW TRP (Coach of the Year)
Darren Gillis QLD TRP (Special Recognition)
Bond Larkin TAS TRP (Official of the Year)
Jo Penny TAS (Special Recognition)
Daniel Hancock NSW TRP (Junior Male Athlete)
Kira Ward NSW TRP (Junior Female Athlete)
Dominic Clarke NSW TRP (Senior Male Athlete)
Eva Kierath WA TRP (Senior Female Athlete)

Acrobatic Gymnastics (ACR)
Michelle Mason NSW ACR (Special Recognition)
Shelby Lacey NSW ACR (Levels Coach of the Year)
Wendy Treble VIC ACR (Official of the Year)
Hillary Conroy and Natalie Lin NSW ACR (International Senior Athletes of the Year)
Kim Lacey NSW ACR (International Coach of the Year)
Perry Drakopoulos and Tara Sahagian NSW ACR (International Junior Athletes of the Year)
Aaron Mavro and Siubhan McBain VIC ACR (Australian Levels Athlete of the Year)

5 Year Participation Awards – Australian Gymnastics Championships
Lauren Vienet VIC ACR

10 Year Participation Awards – Australian Gymnastics Championships
Amy Behan NSW RG
Matthew Weal NSW TRP
Dominic Clarke NSW TRP
Olivia Morris VIC TRP

FIG World Class
Shaun Swadling NSW TRP (FIG World Class – For 2014 Worlds)
Christine Hall NSW TRP (FIG World Class – For 2014 Worlds)
Amy Lang QLD ACR (FIG World Class – For 2014 Worlds)
Elizabeth Jacobs QLD ACR (FIG World Class – For 2014 Worlds)
Elodie Rosseau-Forwood QLD ACR (FIG World Class – For 2014 Worlds)

Retirement
Christine Hall NSW

Award of Distinction 2015
Amy Lewis NSW TRP (World Championships)
Dominic Clarke NSW TRP (World Championships)
Braida Thomas QLD TRP (World Championships)
Claire Arthur SA TRP (World Championships)
Abbie Watts WA TRP (World Championships)
Eva Kierath WA TRP (World Championships)

Roll of Honour
Danielle Prince QLD RG (Represented Australia in 5 World Championships)
Christine Hall NSW TRP (Represented Australia in 5 World Championships)
Ty Swadling NSW TRP (Represented Australia in 5 World Championships)
Blake Gaudry SA TRP (Represented Australia in 5 World Championships)
Jack Penny TAS TRP (Representec Australia in 5 World Championships)
Matthew Weal NSW TRP (Representec Australia in 5 World Championships)

Board Award
Bruce Treble VIC ACR
Jo Penny TAS TRP

Day 11 – 3 June 2015

Blake 7 time National Champ

Blake Gaudry won his 7th Individual Australian Trampoline Title in Melbourne tonight, cementing his case with selectors to get the nod for the one position available on the Australian Olympic Team.

After a shaky start to his title defense on day one of competition, Gaudry (57.590) overcame the highest qualifier for the final, Tasmania’s Jack Penny, who finished 0.880 points behind the South Australian on day 2. Dominic Clarke of New South Wales rounded out the podium by finishing third.

“Yesterday wasn’t exactly how I was hoping to go unfortunately,” Gaudry reflected after the competition, “but I went in today and I was feeling pretty good. My preparation’s been fantastic so I just knew if I got in there and did what I’ve been doing in training it would come.

“I think it will put me in a pretty good position,” he added, speaking of the pending selection for Rio, for which this year’s National Championships were the final qualifying event. “The past six months have been going pretty well in terms of competition; I did well at Worlds last year, at the Test Event as well, and then this one [Nationals]…I did all I could do so I’m feeling pretty confident.”

Western Australia took out a quinella in the Women’s Senior Trampoline competition, with Eva Kierath (50.400) dominating proceedings to win by 3.385 points from Naomie Ding. Emily O’Connor rounded out the podium with a score of 46.860, just 0.155 off silver.
In the Youth Men’s Double Mini Trampoline competition, New South Welshman Liam Christie (67.300) took out a comfortable victory, with both of his runs the best in the field. Christie won the national title by 2.500 points from Western Australian Liam Jeans. New Zealand’s Blake Costley rounded out the podium, missing out on silver by just 0.300 points.

It was a New South Wales double in the Youth Double Mini Trampoline competitions, with Holly Kerslake taking out the women’s title in a very hotly contested competition. Kerslake (61.800) took the title from Queensland’s Ella Mar Fan by 0.200 points, with fellow Queenslander Charlotte Johnstone just a further 0.400 points behind in third. Kerslake’s second pass, which proved to be 1.000 points better than Fan’s second pass, proved to be crucial in deciding the title.

The Junior Double Mini Trampoline saw Daniel Hancock (68.800) take out the men’s title for New South Wales, winning the title over Queensland’s Jacob Hunt by 2.100 points. Tasmanian Matthew French rounded out the podium, finishing a further 1.500 points behind Hunt.

New South Welshman Kira Ward (68.700) took out the Junior DMT title with a convincing 4.500 points victory over Cleo Thornett from Western Australia, with Megan Adams narrowly edging out fellow New South Welshman Samantha Pace by 0.100 for bronze.

In the Senior DMT men competition, Matthew Weal’s outstanding second pass saw him secure the title from Tasmania’s Damian Axelsen. Weal’s 37.500 second run allowed him to take the title with 73.600 points, 1.600 in front of Axelsen. New South Welshman Dominic Clarke rounded the podium, a further 1.400 points behind.

In the women’s Senior DMT, Bronwyn Dibb edged out Emily O’Connor in a thriller, with the Kiwi’s score of 68.500 just enough to edge out O’Connor by 0.100 points. Braida Thomas rounded out the podium with a score of 67.100.

The Youth Trampoline competition in the women’s competition saw a Kiwi quinella, with Amelia Greet (46.035) edging Perrie Macdonald by just 0.575 points. Holly Kerslake backed up her Double Mini Trampoline result by finishing third, a further 0.435 points off.

It was a New South Wales dominated title in the Junior Trampoline competition, with Kira Ward (51.655) taking the title from Georgia Rayment (49.225) and Samantha Pace (47.675). Furthermore, Megan Adams was able to place fourth for the New South Welshmen, missing out on a media by just 0.330.

Western Australia took out a quinella in the women’s senior trampoline competition, with Eva Kierath (50.400) dominating proceedings to win by 3.385 points from Naomie Ding. Emily O’Connor rounded out the podium with a score of 46.860, just 0.155 off silver.

In the men’s youth trampoline competition, Liam Christie (48.700) took out the title for New South Wales, with Blake Costley finishing in second for New Zealand, and Avi Margolis rounding out the podium for Western Australia.

And it was another gold medal for New South Wales in the junior trampoline competition, with Daniel Hancock (52.585) taking out gold for Kiwi Reegan Laidlaw and Tasmania’s Makonnen Brown

In the other Gymsports that competed at Hisense Arena this evening, Danielle Prince once again showed her status as Australia’s number one Rhythmic Gymnast, clean sweeping all four Apparatus Finals. Prince fought off quality competition from Tara Wilkie, winning the Hoop discipline by 0.550, the Ball discipline by 0.100, the Clubs discipline by 0.150, and the Ribbon discipline by 0.350. Emma Chan (Ball), Himeka Onoda (Hoop and Clubs) and Zoe Ormrod (Ribbon) were also beneficiaries of bronze medals on the night.

Lidiia Iakovleva and Alexandra Eedle dominated the Junior International Apparatus Finals, with both gymnasts finishing in the top two in every discipline. Iakovleva took out the national title for Clubs, Rope and Hoop, while Eedle took out the Ball title. Ashari Gill took two bronze medals in the Rope and Clubs competitions, while Laura Gosling (Ball) and Audrey Freeman (Hoop) were able to score bronze as well.

Crowds also got their first glimpse at Australia’s best Acrobatic athletes in action at Hisense Arena tonight. In the Junior 11-16 Women’s Pair, Antonia Maher and Nicole Chan defeated Emma Highfield and Madlen Mikhaylichenko to take home the National Title, whilst Millicent Hulst, Katie Laithwaite and Alexandra Heap took out the 11-16 Trio competition.

Earlier in afternoon session, Team New South Wales edged out Victoria to win the Level 9 Junior Team Title. However Victoria’s Thu Luu did her best to propel her state to the top, as she was crowned the All-Around Level 9 Junior champion.

Friday’s Morning Session marked the start of the Acrobatic Gymnastics; the last Gymsport to get their competition underway at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships. Continuing New South Wales’ late surge to unseat Victoria at the top of the medal tally were Jasmine Flanagan, Tyla Veney and Emily Loe as they received gold for the Level Seven Women’s Trio balance, dynamic and overall disciplines.

For the Level Seven Mixed Pair group Katelyn Dullard and Cade Pettie (VIC) top scored to become the overall gold medallists.
In the Level Seven Women’s Pair first place honours went to Belinda Bertram and Namoi Gibson (NSW).

For the RG Level 10 entrants who also competed in the Mporning Session, Queensland provided a strong showing. They won the team competition ahead of NSW and had Heather Blakeway (gold) and Felicity White (silver) place All-Around as the best two gymnasts in the field.

Full results: ausgymnasticschamps/results

 

Day 10 – 2 June 2015

Photo by Brandon Tam

Danielle Prince has won the Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior International All-Around title for the fourth consecutive year, at the same time as leading Queensland to Team gold at Hisense Arena earlier this evening.

The Queensland team clinched victory over New South Wales by just 0.3, in what was an unusually tight affair, but the same couldn’t be said for the All-Around (AA) competition, with Prince clinching her fifth Senior AA title with a score of 62.250.

The 23-year-old from Brisbane topped the dias ahead of NSW youngsters Tara Wilkie (57.450) and Maya Bennett (54.500).

Despite missing the apparatus at the end of the final routine, Prince said she was pleased with her competition, and looking forward to having the opportunity to rectify some of her mistakes in tomorrow night’s Apparatus Finals.

“It was really nice to get out there. My main goal for today was to actually enjoy it; to enjoy the experience and enjoy performing, so…I think I did that. I had a great time out there. I’m pleased with my performances and, yes, there was a little bit of pressure…but I managed to pull through and I was happy.

“Finals have always been a bonus,” she continued, “so I’m really excited to get out there and fix some of those little mistakes that I had today.”

There were more Rio hopefuls in action tonight at Hisense Arena, with the qualification competition for the Men’s Individual Trampoline event taking place. With Australia having qualified one Individual Male to the Trampoline event at the 2016 Olympic Games, Tasmania’s Jack Penny let the selectors know his intentions, by topping the rankings heading into tomorrow night’s final with a combined score of 102.530. Close behind him was 2012 Olympian, Blake Gaudry (102.245), and New South Wales’ Dominic Clarke (99.105).

In the Women’s Individual Trampoline event, Western Australia’s Eva Kierath topped the rankings after the qualification round, with a combined score of 97.705.

Earlier in the day, the afternoon session we saw the Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) Junior International Team and All-Around competition. New South Wales added to their gold total by taking out the team honours, whilst Queensland’s Lidia Iakovleva just ousted Alexandra Eedle (NSW) for the All-Around title.

In the U17 Men’s Trampoline (TRP) event, Jack Allen continued the success of NSW, claiming gold. New Zealand’s Natasha Adam was the U17 TRO Women’s Champion, whilt and Maya Freeman (NSW) was awarded the title of Residential Australian Champion.
The U15 Men’s TRP saw Blake Boswell (NZ) land another gold medal for the Kiwi’s with Sebastian Lawson of South Australia becoming the National Champion. Two winners were awarded in the U15 Women’s TRP event, with Holly Fisher (NZ) and Keeley Fahey (SA) claiming gold.

NSW had some of the best athletes in the U13 Double Mini-Trampoline (DMT) competition, sweeping the podium places from first through sixth, with the Champion being Molly Mamo. In the U13 Men’s DMT event, Samuel Durkin (QLD) was awarded the gold medal.

In the morning session the 17+ competitors also contested the DMT event. Olivia Morris from Victoria and Brendan Carroll (NSW) were crowned Champions of the respective Women’s and Men’s events.

Also in the morning, contesting the Individual Trampoline, were the U13 Men and Women. Isla Barr (NSW) completed a dominant win, whilst Samuel Durkin (QLD) won his state’s only gold in the session.

Also competing on the DMT were the U11s, with Tamia Fonua winning New South Wales’ third gold medal from this session’s trampoline fields. Cameron Tidd (SA) led the Men’s field and earned gold for his efforts.

In the RG morning competition we saw the first of our groups hit the floor for the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships. The NSW team claimed the single gold medal on offer, slightly edging out Queensland and South Australia for the remaining podium medals.

There was also a re-award of the RG Level 7 Junior All-Around medals from yesterday’s competition. In a score correction, both Lavinia Rajan (WA) and Sophia Dew (VIC) tied for third with a score of 39.400.

Full results: ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results

Day 9 – 1 June 2016

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Day 9 of the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena saw our Trampoline athletes join our Rhythmic gymnasts in action for week 2 of competition.

On day one of competition for our Trampoline athletes, National Titles were up for grabs in 14 categories.  It was also the first time our visiting athletes from New Zealand had the chance to even the score with the Aussies on the medal tally, with the first medals up for grabs for the RG and Trampoline athletes visiting us from across the ditch.

It was a golden morning for the Tassie team in the Under 17 Tumbling competition, with Matthew French and Kayla McFadyen winning the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively.

In the morning Individual Trampoline events, the honours were shared across the states, with Kayla Germyn (NSW) and Cameron Tidd (SA) winning the U11 Men’s and Women’s titles, whilst in the 17+ division, the honours went to Natalie Steen (QLD) and Jordan Twigge (NZ).  Spencer Mason (SA) was crowned as the Residential Australian Champion for the Men’s 17+ Individual Trampoline category.

The Double-Mini Trampoline (DMT) also got its first work out of the competition today, with the U15 and U17 events taking place this morning.  Congratulations to the respective U15 Champions, Luisa Birkenhake (NZ) and Ethan Strickland (NZ).  Their Residential counterparts were Anyela Rogan (QLD) and Alex Luyckx (VIC).  In the U17 event Makenzie Wilson (NSW) took the Women’s Title, whilst her teammate, Justin Fokes, was victorius in the Men’s

The afternoon Trampoline competition saw the first of our Synchronised (Synchro) events for the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships.  Congratulations to our U11 Champions; Alannah Boseley and Meg Langridge of Western Australia (Women) and Billy French and Oliver Otten of Tasmania (Men).  In the U13 event, Isla and Mali Barr (NSW) won the Women’s event, whilst Harry Hiscock and Sigge Ahlgren (SA) won the Men’s.

Meanwhile in the afternoon Tumbling Session, Lucy Tibbs (VIC) and Joshua Blench (NSW) took the U11 honours, whilst Lauren Sampson (QLD) and Ivan Jarvis (NSW) were victorious in the 17+ category.

The evening session saw more Synchro action, with our U15 and U17 pairs in action.  Holly Fisher and Jorja Kellett-Reardon (NZ) won the Women’s U15 division, with Isabella Milajew and Zoe Cooksey (NSW) taking the Residential Title.  In the Men’s U15 division Rasmus Ahlgren (SA) and Alex Ibrahim (NSW) to share the title for their states.

In the U17 Synchro competition the Kiwi women once again prevailed, with Hannah Richards and Olivia Cook taking the gold medal, and the Residential titles being awarded to Holli Phillips and Rona Hunter (NSW).  Jack Allen and Michael Heffernan (NSW) won the Men’s Division.

Tumbling was also on the agenda in the evening, with Breanah Cauchi (NSW) and Damon Louwen (NSW) taking the U13 titles, whilst Darcey Ridlalgh (NSW) and Roman Kirby (WA) were victorious in the U15 events.

In the Rhythmic competition in the morning, Victoria continued their dominance in the international stream junior levels, winning the Level 7 Junior Team Title, and with Francesca Poi being crowned All-Around National Champion.

In the Level 7 and 8 events, part 2 of competition took place, with athletes adding to their All-Around score from the first two routines competed yesterday.

In Level 7, athletes competed their Clubs and Ribbon routines, and in the end it was South Australia that took the top of the dias in both the team event, and with Scarlett Evans winning the All-Around title.

In the Level 8 competition athletes competed their Ball and Clubs routines to round out their competition.  Once again it was Victoria experiencing considerable success on the podium, talking the Team Title, and with Jessica Mackenzie being crowned All-Around Champion.

Full results: ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results

 

Day 8 – 31 May 2016

Tahlia Stewart

Week 2 of the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships is officially underway, with the first day of the Rhythmic Gymnastics action kicking off at Hisense Arena.

The morning session featured part one of the Level 7 competition, where athletes competed their Rope and Hoop routines.
In Level 7 Rope, Mae-Shuen Ng from South Australia (SA) claimed gold, Ella Chapman from New South Wales (NSW) silver and Hana Wager from Western Australia bronze. Meanwhile in Hoop, Scarlett Evans from SA got the gold, and Chapman secured another second place finish, tied with New Zealand’s Anna Hooker.

In Level 8 competition during Session 20, athletes once again competed their Rope and Hoop routines in part one of the competition. Rope was won by SA’s Brooke Archbold, followed by Olivia Owens from NSW and Alexis Lane of Queensland, who tied for second place. Elise Kargiotis from Victoria won gold for Hoop, ahead of Laura Trapnell of Western Australia, and SA’s Brianna Namocatcat in third.

Both the Level 7 and 8 Team and All-Around competitions will conclude tomorrow, when athletes perform their Clubs and Ribbon and Ball and Clubs routines respectively.

In the evening session we got a glimpse of some of the best up-and-coming athletes in Australia, when the Level 8 Junior Team and All-Around competition took place. In what was a strong section bursting with talent the Victorian team dominated, being crowned the Champion Team, and with Tahlia Stewart taking out the All-Around title. She was joined on the podium by teammate, Madeleine Pham, in third position, with Kaylee Kua from NSW clinching All-Around silver.

Full results: ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results

Day 7 – 29 May 2016

In her first competition back since a full knee reconstruction, Lauren Mitchell has shown why she is Australia’s most decorated gymnast, winning gold on Beam.

Mitchell is making a bid for her third Olympic Games and has come along way from not being able to even walk 10 months ago.

The 24-year-old who competed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, scored 14.025 for her Beam routine to take the gold and national title.

All-Around and Vault specialist Emily Little was the surprise packet of the Beam final, earning the silver medal after her routine score her 13.925. Twenty-year-old Emma Nedov from Sydney took bronze on 13.800.

Larrissa Miller recovered from her disappointment on the Uneven Bars last night, to put together a sensational routine to win gold on the Floor.

Miller performed a Double Arabian, a challenging skill with a half turn and two front flips in the air before landing, which contributed to her final score of 14.175.

Mitchell, the 2010 World Champion on Floor made a couple of errors in her Floor routine that cost her the win, taking bronze on 13.875. It was again Little who stepped up to the mark, winning silver with her performance of 14.000.

With just one woman to be given the nod for Rio, selectors now face an extremely difficult task of deciding who will be the nation’s best chance of making an Olympic final and ultimately winning a medal.

After winning two of last night’s finals, Luke Wadsworth added another gold to his swag tonight on Parallel Bars. Wadsworth edged out his Victorian teammate Luke Wiwatwoski who took silver but went one better to take gold on High Bar.

Chris Remkes gave a Vault masterclass in the men’s senior finals, winning gold with 14.862. Luke Wadsworth took silver on 13.262 while WA’s Jake Thompson took bronze on 12.600.

The junior women had their last two apparatus finals, with Talia Folino taking the Australian title on Vault with a score of 14.062. Cassidy Ercole of NSW was second on 12.850 and Shannon Farrell was third on 12.262.

Earlier in the day, the pocket rocket MAG Level 7 12 and Under athletes were in action. NSW took team gold with QLD taking silver and WA grabbing bronze. Harrison Williams dominated competition with the young Queenslander winning gold in the All-Around, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar as well as silver on Pommel and Rings. Seth Williams from NSW took gold on Floor, Alan Osman from NSW took gold on Pommel and Charlie Kay from SA took gold on rings.

Janis Grommen was crowned the WAG IL9 All-Around Champion with a score of 116.875. The Queenslander also took gold on Bars, silver on Beam and bronze on Floor. Tylah Otrupcek from NSW was the other big winner, with gold on both Floor and Beam and silver in All-Around and on vault. Victoria’s Elyssia Kenshole was the gold medallist on vault. Victoria took the team gold.

At the conclusion of the session, a number of awards were given out and in a moving ceremony, Naoya Tsukahara announced his retirement from Men’s Artistic Gymnastics.

AWARDS

Senior MAG International Gymnast of the Year – Nagoya Tsukahara
Senior WAG International Gymnast of the Year – Larrissa Miller
Junior WAG International Gymnast of the Year – Talia Folino
Judge of the Year – Alexander Hunt
International Coach Award – Yu Bo
Development Coach Award – Sean Wilson
International Development Coach of the Year – Jeb Salisbury, Nadiya Koryakina & Jessica Mason
International Coaching Team of the Year – John Hart & Shao Yi Jiang

The Cheales-Williamson Shield was retained by Queensland.

Profile: Dr Kathy Yu, GA Medical Officer

We speak to Kathy Yu to find out more about her role as Gymnastic Australia’s Chief Medical Officer.

With over 20 years of experience working in Sports Medicine, Dr Kathy Yu is without a doubt one of the most highly regarded sports doctors in the field, providing Australian gymnasts with the top medical care and attention they deserve.

She was recently appointed as Chief Medical Officer at Gymnastics Australia, but she is no newbie to the sport and its intricacies. Dr Yu has always been deeply embedded in the world of gymnastics, having been a gymnast as a child and then later coached while at University.

Holding a Masters of Public Health in Occupational Medicine and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, her progression into sports medicine was a natural one.

When asked what drew her specifically to the practice of sports medicine she put it simply – “I like healthy people.”

“I like biomechanics and how the body moves,” she added.

“My own experiences as a gymnast have shaped my practice and enable me to better understand the needs of the athletes I help.”

At the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships, Dr Yu is a familiar face behind the scenes helping to relieve sore backs, wrists and ankles from the hard-working gymnasts.

Dr Yu scuttles back and forth from gymnast to gymnast, enquiring after them. A diminutive figure, what she lacks in physical stature, she makes up for with her big, warm personality.

No two days of competition are the same for Dr Yu. The only constant according to her is the lack of sleep which she attributes to the long competition days.

“I am here from the moment athletes enter the arena to the time they leave,” she said. “I am caring not just for competitors but also attend to the medical needs of everyone present.”

The demands of the job may be high, but Dr Yu said she gains great job satisfaction from helping the athletes perform at their peak safely.

“That in itself is a reward for me. I am here for them.”

Where gymnastics is concerned, Dr Yu feels there is still a lack of expertise when it comes to managing athletes at the highest level of their sport in gymnastics, citing it to be a “very specialised field.”

“These athletes require very specific care, and because there is the perception that gymnastics is not a ‘professional’ sport, it is hard to attract doctors to become more involved.”

A strong advocate for greater education and awareness of gymnastics within the medical community, she identifies many fantastic learning opportunities for young doctors to help facilitate the best performance of athletes.

With a glint in her eye, Dr Yu admits that as a gymnast, her favourite apparatus was bars, but as a spectator she enjoys watching High Bar and Floor.

Apart from gymnastics, Dr Yu has previously also been involved with the Australian Paralympic Team and sailing teams.

 

Daily Wrap Ups – Straight from the Comp Floor

Day 6 – 28 May 2016

Emily Little

Olympian Emily Little shone in the first night of Women’s Artistic apparatus finals at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

Western Australia’s Little put together two strong vaults to win gold with a final score of 15.012. The 2012 Olympian withdrew from the Bars final to focus on her favoured apparatus and the gold medal Vault performance was worthy of her efforts.

“I was really happy that I could just show that I can get my vaults out consistently in the three days that I have competed so far,” 22-year-old Little said.

“I was particularly happy with my second vault – with the stick – I don’t think I’ve done that in competition before so that was a good surprise,” she said.

“It was a Tsuk Full and is a little bit lower value than my first vault – the Yurchenko Double – so I’m actually working on upping the value of my second vault so I am just happy that I could perfect it in order to upgrade it. I would add another half-twist in there. I’ve been training it at home with a softer landing so I am really just trying to get that up to standard at the moment.”

Kiara Munteanu (VIC) was second with 13.912, whilst ACT’s Naomi Lee was third scoring 13.612.

The Uneven Bars favourite Larrissa Miller was unfortunate not to hit her routine, with a couple of crucial errors costing her a podium finish.

All-around champion Rianna Mizzen added Bars gold to her swag, winning with an impressive score of 14.350. Emily Whitehead took silver with a score of 13.775, whilst Georgia Godwin scored 13.625 to take the bronze.

The final two Women’s apparatus finals – Beam and Floor – will take place on Sunday from 1.30pm.

In the Men’s finals, Victoria’s Luke Wadsworth took gold on Pommel with a score of 14.075. Scott Costin from Queensland was the silver medallist on 13.250, and Joshua Di Nucci took bronze on 13.200.

Wadsworth was back on top of the podium after a strong performance on Rings saw him win on 14.375. His fellow Victorian Luke Wiwatowski was second on 14.100 with ACT’s Adam Falzarano third on 13.950.

Chris Remkes’ double layout triple twist in his Floor final brought the house down and the level of difficulty of his routine and execution saw him take home the gold medal with a score of 14.450. Wiwatowski took another silver on 14.425 and Costin picked up bronze on 14.200.

The Junior women’s finals were dominated by Jade Vella-Wright, with the Victorian taking both golds on offer on Beam and Floor. Rising star and Junior AA Champion Talia Folino grabbed silver on floor and bronze on beam whilst Shannon Farrell (NSW) took silver on beam and Eadie Rawson (VIC) took bronze on floor.

At the start of the day, the podium for the Men’s Level 7 Open had Timothy Hawken of New South Wales first (150.231), Ken Gunawan (147.795) and Connor De Campo (147.262) from Queensland placed second and third respectively.

Both Hawken and De Campo showed individual brilliance across a variety of apparatus. For Hawken, his performance earned him three gold (Floor, High Bar and All-Around) and one silver medal (Pommel).

De Campo achieved one gold (Vault), one tie for silver (Parallel Bars) with state teammate Kyle Condell and two bronze (Floor and All-Around).

During the same session, the WAG International Level 9 qualifying took place. Their finals will run throughout Session 17 tomorrow morning.

There was more finals action on Saturday afternoon with the MAG Level 8 Open and WAG International Level 8 divisions.

For the Men’s competition, Queensland again had two athletes on the All-Around podium. Gold went to Oliver Stack (150.196), silver to Patrick Rudd (148.663) and bronze to Benjamin Dempsey of NSW (147.73). Stack also took gold on the High Bar with the other apparatus medals being spread across many gymnasts.

For the Women’s IL8 Team competition, Victoria (114) and NSW (107.225) finished one-two.  The All-Around title went to WA’s Olena Edmeades (58.175). Rose Blackhall of VIC (114.175) and Olivia Heckman (113.8) from NSW were runners up. Edmeades won two of the four available gold medals in the apparatus (Floor and Beam).

 

Mitchell inducted into Hall of Fame

Australia’s most decorated gymnast, Lauren Mitchell, was inducted into Gymnastics Australia’s Hall of Fame last night, in an awards ceremony at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena.

Just moments after finishing the second day of Qualification in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Senior International competition – where she and her Western Australian teammates clinched the team silver medal – Mitchell was honoured in front of an appreciative Victorian crowd.

The two-time Olympian and two-time Commonwealth Games team member’s most notable achievements include being Australia’s first individual female to medal at a World Championships, when she won silver on both Beam and Floor at the 2009 World Championships in London. A year later she went one better, being crowned World Champion on Floor at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam.  This made Lauren Australia’s first female gymnastics World Champion.

Competitors and spectators alike would agree it’s a joy to once again see Lauren competing at Nationals in 2016, and we wish here all the best on her Road to Rio!

A number of other awards were presented following the conclusion of competition last night – congratulations to all recipients:

2015 MAG Junior International Gymnast of the Year – Jack Reik (QLD)

Athlete Award of Distinction – Georgia Godwin (QLD) and Madelaine Leydin (VIC), 2015 World Championship Team Members

10 Years Competing at the Australian Gymnastics Championships – Emily Little (WA) and Olivia Vivian (WA)

FIG World Class Award – Georgia-Rose Brown (VIC)

Represented Australia at 5 World Championships – Larrissa Miller (VIC)

Retrospective Roll of Honour Awards – Karen Stewart, Susan Turnbull and Belinda Archer

Board Award – Mark Moncur (TAS)

Hall of Fame – Lauren Mitchell (WA)

 

Meet the Volunteers behind the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships

No event, especially one of the Australian Gymnastics Championships magnitude, can run without the assistance of volunteers. The amazing volunteer crew at Hisense Arena are doing a wonderful job ensuring the event’s success.

True to the nature of Melbourne’s multicultural melting pot, the volunteers have backgrounds from around the globe.
Lariche

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After only two weeks living in Melbourne and Australia, there could be no better introduction to the sporting capital of the world than by volunteering at the Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Originally from South Africa, Lariche has been involved with sports her whole life having played hockey, netball and springboard diving.

“My mother was a gymnast, so I understand the focus and dedication gymnastics demands,” she said.

Lariche is currently studying a teaching degree and her previous sports coaching experience allows for a finer understanding of the special coach/athlete relationship.

With a pleasant demeanour and beaming smile, there’s no doubt she enjoys working with the passionate spectators who’ve come to show their support.

Alejandra

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No stranger to gymnastics, Alejandra was involved as a child and says volunteering at the National Championships makes her want to rekindle a relationship with gymnastics.

Now a Melbournian but originally from Mexico, she sees the opportunity to volunteer at the event as a fantastic platform to gain and expand on professional skills.

As she works around the floor throughout the competition, Alejandra said she gets to witness how invested each and every competitor is.

“From the coaches to the athletes, I am very impressed with their attitudes,” she said “It’s almost as if they live for the sport!”

She believes gymnastics in Australia deserves more support and wishes for its profile to grow even bigger in the future.

Aarthi

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Arathi’s first day as a volunteer also marks her first foray into the world of gymnastics.

A business IT analyst by day, Aarthi admits to always harbouring a fascination with gymnastics.

When the opportunity to be a part of the championships came up, she seized the chance to see the nation’s finest gymnasts in action.

Shuttling back and forth between India and Melbourne over the last eight years, she says gymnastics is not a huge sport in her homeland compared to what she’s seen Down Under.

“There is still a stigma attached to gymnastics as being part of the circus,” she said of the sport in her home country
“However perceptions are changing, especially with India having qualified to enter its first female gymnast for the Olympics!”

Daily Wrap Ups – Straight from the Comp Floor

 

Day 5 – 27 May 2016

Larrissa Miller has headlined a strong Victorian crew to the team gold medal in the senior women’s artistic competition on night 5 of the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

The 23-year-old who is originally from Mackay but now calls Melbourne home put together the competition’s strongest floor and bars routines to put her in a good position for the weekend’s apparatus finals.

“I think we went really well,” Miller said. “We went out there and did the job as a team. I know Kiara [Munteanu] hit eight routines over two days so that’s really good and I did my double Arabian on floor tonight so I’m really happy with that.

“I feel good about finals, it’s onwards and upwards from here. I am starting to get through more and more routines and that’s buoying my confidence.”

The team from Western Australia took silver with Lauren Mitchell and Emily Little the strongest performers.

Dual Olympian Mitchell stuck a good beam routine for an improved score of 13.625 and was consistent on floor for 13.450. With both beam and floor apparatus finals on Sunday, Mitchell will have a day off to prepare to put everything on the line for a final shot at Olympic nomination.

Little showed she is still in the mix for the Rio spot after taking bronze in the individual All-Around driven by her scoring the two best vault scores in both qualifying and finals as well as strong floor routines.

The individual All-Around title was taken out by Queensland’s Rianna Mizzen with a combined total of 111.000. Mizzen was consistent across all four apparatus in both preliminaries and finals, with her strongest results being on bars and vault.

In the senior men’s individual All-Around, Luke Wadsworth was the crowned champion after winning on 167.295 points. His fellow Victorian Luke Wiwatowski was second on 166.430 whilst Queensland’s Scott Costin was third on 159.730.

In the men’s Level 10 Queensland’s Jack Riek dominated the apparatus finals, winning four of the six gold medals on offer – floor, pommel, rings and parallel bars. Jake Thompson of WA took gold in the vault whilst Hayden Greenough of Queensland took gold on the high bar. The individual all-around title went to Jack Norman of Queensland on 152.163. Riek took silver on 150.962 whilst Greenhough took bronze on 145.995.

In session 12, the WAG Junior, International Level 10 finals and the MAG Level 8 and over qualifying were run.

For the WAG Junior final hot favourite Talia Folino of Victoria was first in the All-Around with 103.075. Her state teammate Jade Vella-Wright scored 99.375 to place second and bronze was secured by Cassidy Ercole (97.825) of New South Wales.

Victoria claimed the Junior Team International Competition gold as they scored 304.08. NSW were runner up with 286.38.

In IDP 10 Sidney Stephens of Western Australia was awarded with two of the four available gold medals, winning on bars and floor while Queensland’s Kate Sayer took gold for the vault and Victoria’s Rebekah Chen won gold for beam.

The men’s Level 8 team gold medal went to Queensland again (226.762), silver to NSW (225.1217) and bronze to Victoria (222.225).

In the Junior International Level 10 Team Championship, Western Australia won gold with a score of 302.93. Victoria were able to place again as a 279.53 earning silver.

Earlier in the day in Session 11 the MAG L7U and WAG IL8 both had qualifying, with finals to be held tomorrow.

Day 4 – 26 May 2016

There were just two competition sessions on Day 4 of the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships, with podium training taking place in the middle of the day.

The evening was highlighted by the women’s Level 10 individual apparatus finals. Chloe Jackson-Brown from New South Wales was the All-Around Champion in the U16s and also took gold in bars and beam to round out a great competition. In the Over 17 event, it was Teliah Farren-Price who shone. The Victorian took the All-Around title as well as beam and floor.

In the men’s Level 9 Under 15, David Tanner from Queensland topped the podium as the All-Around champion. Tanner also took the title for pommel, rings, floor and high bar.

The Under 17s saw Hudson Irwin victorious in the All-Around competition whilst Heath Thorpe (VIC), Billy McLean (VIC) and Indigo Dragon (QLD) shared in a number of apparatus podium finishes.

In the Level 9 Open competition, Rasmus Breth-Petersen was the All-Around Champion after finishing with a combined total of 148.148 ahead of Jack Glendenning and Tristan Collins of Queensland who were second and third respectively. Glendenning also took gold on the parallel bars and floor.

The evening session also saw the first of the National Gymsport Awards presented for the Championships.  Congratulations to the winners:

Carol Sussman Award – Neilina Bailey (QLD)

2015 WAG National Levels Gymnast of the Year – Melanie O’Mara (ACT)

2015 WAG National Levels Development Coach of the Year – Lauren Park (QLD)

2015 WAG National Levels Coaching Team of the Year – Amanda Deurleroo and Kathryn Rogers (WA)

2015 MAG Open Levels Gymnast of the Year – Rasmus Breth-Petersen (NSW)

2015 MAG Open Levels Coach of the Year – Jack Coates (QLD)

Following the medal presentations, a team of eight WAG gymnasts was named to represent Australia in the Open Levels Tour to New Zealand later in the year, whilst a squad of six shortlisted MAG athletes were named, pending selection for the MAG Open Levels Tour to the USA in January 2017.

In the morning session Queensland were triumphant in the men’s level 7 open competition in the first session on Day 4, winning on 225.728 points. It was their dominant results on floor and pommel that saw them take the top spot ahead of New South Wales who were second on 224.628 and Victoria who were third on 213.960.

In the qualifying round of the women’s junior event, Victorian Talia Folino was outstanding. The talented teen had the highest qualifying scores on vault, bars and floor as well as the All-Around. Her fellow Victorian Jade Vella-Wright had the equal highest score on floor and the highest on beam, proving she too is one to watch for the finals and the future.

The International Level 10 women were also in action, with Romi Brown from Victoria leading the way in the All-Around qualifying on 48.750 points. Top apparatus qualifiers were Kate Sayer (QLD) on vault, Sidney Stephens (WA) on bars and floor and Elena Chipizubov (NSW) on beam.

Day 3 – 25 May 2016

Day 3 was highlighted by the senior men’s and women’s athletes taking centre stage for qualifying.

With Rio Olympic qualification on the line and just one women’s place on the team up for grabs, the athletes put everything on the line to impress in this qualification event.

Two-time Olympian Lauren Mitchell was impressive on the floor in her first competition back after a knee injury sidelined her last year. Focusing on her favoured apparatus, Mitchell scored 13.725 and will be looking to improve on her beam results in the second round of apparatus qualifying. The star-studded WA team also featured 2012 Olympian Emily Little who is seeking the Rio berth as well as 2008 Olympic veteran Olivia Vivian.

Hometown favourite Larrissa Miller showed she is a serious contender to make her second Olympic Team, with her score of 14.650 on the uneven bars taking Victoria to the lead. She was also the second strongest performer on the floor with a score of 13.625.

They’ll be back in action on Friday night when the team medals and individual All-Around medals will be decided and the athletes making the apparatus finals will be known.

In the men’s event, Victoria took team gold with a score of 245.828, led by Luke Wiwatowski who put together an outstanding performance on the floor.

Queensland were second on 237.861 however their standout athlete Michael Mercieca was unlucky to sustain a hand injury on the parallel bars, the fifth rotation of the night. Team NSW were third on 212.562.

Earlier in the day QLD were on top of the team podium for the WAG Level 9, finishing first on 203.88. NSW and VIC tied for second on 202.60.

QLD took out the women’s Level 8 final just a fraction ahead of NSW with WA third. Jorgie Hills dominated the U14 apparatus finals whilst her NSW teammate Olivia Wills took four individual titles in the 15 and over.

It was a tight finish for the WAG Level 7 team medals with NSW victorious over QLD with ACT third – just 2.55 points separating gold from bronze.

In the MAG Level 8 and under, SA took out the team title ahead of Victoria on second and NSW on bronze. There was an even spread of individual apparatus medals with Jesse Moore (SA) and Blair Ray Stewart (ACT) taking two golds each.

Day 2 – 24 May 2016

It was a bright and early start at Hisense Arena on Day 2 of the Australian Gymnastics Championships, with Gymnastics Australia hosting Sam Mac and the Sunrise weather team for some early morning crosses.

While providing Samantha Armytage, Kochie and the rest of Australia the national weather, Sam had some fun with a few of Australia’s best gymnasts. Before he began reading the weather, Sam was inquisitively hovering around the pommel horse and the rings as gymnasts were providing demonstrations while on air. He also had a chat with Australia’s most decorated gymnast, Lauren Mitchell, and Australia’s top-ranked MAG athlete, Mike Mercieca. Thanks to all who came down and got involved!

We’re now four sessions down at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships after running the first full three-session day at Hisense Arena today. With both parts of WAG National Level 7 and 8 Team and Qualifying competition complete, the finals will be contested during session six on Wednesday from 2 to 4.30pm. Congratulations to New South Wales and Queensland, who took home the WAG Level 7 and 8 Team Titles respectively.

Day 2 also saw 34 National Level 10 WAG athletes in competition, an impressive representation from six of the eight States and Territories. Congratulations to Victoria who was crowned National Level 10 Team Champions, in what was yet another tight encounter.

Our Level 9 Open and Under MAG athletes also took to the floor on Day 2 of the Championships for their Team and Qualification competition. Congratulations to Victoria once again who took out the MAG Level 9 Under Team, and Queensland who were crowned the MAG Level 9 Open Team Champions.

 

Day 1 –  23  May 2016

Championships starts with a bang at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena

The 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships are well underway with two jam-packed days of action!

On Day 1 it was great to see our State Teams back at the world-class Hisense Arena to kick of 12 days of spectacular competition, which is sure to be extra exciting in 2016 with it being the year of the XXXI Olympiad.

To kick off week one of competition our Men’s and Women’s Artistic athletes are in town, and once again it’s fantastic to have all Australian States and Territories represented across both of these Gymsports.

Following a jam-packed day of podium training in the main arena, the Championships were officially opened by Gymnastics Australia President, Jacqui Briggs-Weatherill. She was accompanied by Australian Flag Bearer, Chris Remkes representing South Australia, Victoria’s Larrissa Miller who read the Athletes’ Oath, and Queensland’s Tricia Hade who read the Judges’ Oath.

Day 1 of the Australian Gymnastics Championships was once again our Community Day, where entry was free for spectators and instead of an entry fee we asked for a gold coin donation to our charity of choice, Bravehearts. Bravehearts raises funds and awareness to help to educate, empower and protect children, and the sport of gymnastics is lucky to have current WAG athlete and 2012 Olympian, Larrissa Miller, as a Bravehearts Ambassador.

Thanks to the generous donations of our spectators, we raised $717.70 towards this worthy cause, with Gymnastics Australia announced they would add an additional $1,000 towards this donation.

A magnificent Day 1 in Melbourne was capped off with Session One of competition, which saw our Level 8 Under MAG and National Level 9 WAG athletes contest the Team and All-Around competition. Congratulations to Queensland who took home the first gold medal of the Championships, winning the WAG Level 9 Team Title. Incredibly Victoria and New South Wales tied on 202.6 to take home the silver medal.

 

 

 

Full results can be found here: ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/results

 

29 May 2015

Prince Australia’s rhythmic queen, as Kiwi Schmidt fires warning shot

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Queensland’s Danielle Prince (QLD) has been rewarded for a leap of faith that has seen her based in the United Kingdom for the past six months, training with elite coaches and gymnasts in Great Britain.

The 23-year-old performing a masterclass every time she took to Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, as part of the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Prince swept all comers across all four apparatus in routines of precision, emotion and elegance.

“I’m finally starting to see the results of all that hard work I’ve put in over there [UK] earlier this year, and I’m really hoping to step up in the world cup and world championships,” said Prince.

“To be training with someone who is at the same level or even better than you is that constant daily reminder to keep pushing yourself as hard as you can.”

Two scores of 12.400 with ball and clubs, a 14.450 with ribbon and 13.900 with hoop only strengthening the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist’s case for what would be her first Olympic berth at Rio 2016.

“I’ve gone through the Olympic selection before and haven’t been so fortunate, so this time round I’m just enjoying the time I have as a gymnast out on the floor and making the most of that experience,” she said.

“So far, so good.”

Returning to competition for the first time in more than a year, Enid Sung (NSW) showed no signs of the severe shoulder injury that had her sidelined, but was not immune to the odd mistake across her four routines.

The 23-year-old her harshest critic.

“Coming back after a year’s break was an achievement in itself, but performance wise I could have done a bit better,” she admitted.

“For me it’s such an internal thing.”

“I’m a very emotive person and sometimes it’s a good thing because it can come through in my routine and the way I move, but when things go wrong it can definitely affect me and that’s what I need to address.”

The final event of the night was certainly worth waiting for, as New Zealand’s Dylan Schmidt (NZ) claimed trans-Tasman bragging rights in the men’s senior trampoline final.

Unable to claim the Australian title, the last man to step onto the tramp still fired a shot across the bow of any Australian hoping to qualify for Rio via this year’s world championships in Glasgow.

“There’s always a friendly rivalry between Australia and New Zealand,” said Schmidt.

”This is only my second senior event and I’ve managed a personal best so I couldn’t have really asked for it to go any better.”

Blake Gaudry (SA) the best of the rest and crowned national champion due to Schmidt’s ineligibility.

A humble winner, the 23-year-old full of praise for his Kiwi rival, wishing him well on the road to Rio.

“Dylan’s come a long way and he’s proven himself as a competitor at last year’s world championships, and now here,” he said.

“I know the direction myself and my coaches are going in, and we’ve got a plan set out to get us to the Rio games.”

“I’m confident that that’s going to work, and it’s going to be good if both Australia and New Zealand could get there.”

In acrobatics, mixed pair Aiden Lerch and Mackenzie Levin (NSW) posted scores of 21.620 in dynamic and 23.910 in balance to earn gold.

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships conclude tomorrow (Saturday 30th May), as Australia’s best gymnasts take centre stage on Melbourne’s Hisense Arena one last time.

Experience the finale to two weeks of superhuman feats, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

 

24 May 2015

Lauren Mitchell completes comeback dream

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Australia’s best ever gymnast has claimed gold on the last day of women’s artistic competition at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, Lauren Mitchell (WAIS) crowned national floor champion in a vintage performance.

The 2010 world floor champion and two-time Olympian has been working towards her best throughout the week, and finally delivered with a 13.900 thanks to a near-perfectly executed routine.

Returning to competition for the first time since injuring both ankles before last year’s world championships, the win is no doubt a confidence booster in the short term, though more importantly validates the 23-year-old’s decision to push on for her third Olympics in Rio 2016, with further difficulty to be added to her routines.

“I came into nationals without any expectations and basically just to see where I’m at,” said Mitchell.

“I need to clean it up a lot more and I have one more upgrade to put in once my body allows and once I’m fit enough again.”

“It’s nice to know I’ve still got something.”

Mitchell pipped team mate and close friend Emily Little (WAIS) by the smallest of margins, with 0.1 deducted by the judges for stepping outside the floor.

She was anything but bitter though, confident in her own performance and thrilled to see Mitchell back to her best.

“We’ve been together for ten years and we feel so comfortable with each other, we train together and room together, and it’s nice to just have that support and friendship every day,” Little said.

“Lauren is a world champion on floor for a reason, and I couldn’t be happier for her.”

It has been a successful championships for Little too nonetheless, claiming gold on vault and silver in the women’s all-around title.

The ACT claimed its first major prize of the week with 20-year-old James Bacueti (ACT) taking out the men’s vault final.

A former champion at junior level, it’s been a rocky road for Bacueti, overcoming injury and more-favoured gymnasts to clinch victory on his specialty apparatus.

“I honestly didn’t think I was going to win,” he admitted.

“Preparation hasn’t been the best due to a couple of injuries; last year at nationals I ruptured my syndesmosis, so that was about six months out,”

“And then because of that I had some stress reactions in my shin and couldn’t train until three weeks before these championships.”

“I’m really surprised but proud all the same.”

A Victorian rising star put aside her own adversity to win the women’s junior vault competition, Talia Folino (Vic) not making the initial cut through qualifying due to a technicality.

But her coaches took up the fight and ensured she got her chance, their efforts rewarded with a 14.000 and gold for the 14-year-old.

“I was a bit stressed and quite upset that I wasn’t going to make the final, because I’ve put in so much effort,” she said.

“But my coaches fought for me and I came out strong today and forgot about what had happened; I just wanted to get back on it.”

In state competition, Queensland was named men’s artistic champions for the sixth consecutive year, and awarded the Ken Williams & Jeff Cheales Shield.

The full list of results from today’s apparatus finals –

WAG senior floor final:

  1. Lauren Mitchell (WA) 2. Emily Little (WA) 3. Madelaine Leydin (VIC)

WAG senior beam final:

  1. Georgia Godwin (QLD) 2. Madelaine Leydin (VIC) 3. Emily Little (WA)

WAG junior vault final:

  1. Talia Folino (VIC) 2. Yasmin Collier (WA) 3. Emily Whitehead (VIC)

MAG senior high bar final:

  1. Tyson Bull (VIC) 2. Mitchell Morgans (QLD) 3. Declan Stacey (VIC)

WAG junior uneven bars final:

  1. Emily Whitehead (VIC) 2. Talia Folino (VIC) 3. Yasmin Collier (WA)

MAG senior parallel bars final:

  1. Luke Wadsworth (VIC) 2T. Michael Mercieca (QLD) 2T. Naoya Tsukahara (QLD)

MAG senior vault final:

  1. James Bacueti (ACT) 2. Clay Stephens (SA) 3. Chris Remkes (SA)

For further results, click here.

Competition continues on Tuesday with a week of rhythmic, trampoline and acrobatic events, highlighted by Friday night’s finals across all three disciplines, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Tickets are now available for general public purchase via www.ausgymnasticschamps.com.au.

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are supported by the Victorian State Government under the Significant Sporting Events Program.

 

23 May 2015

Little to prove for Emily, as rising stars steal the show

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After coming agonisingly close to the all-around title on Friday, Emily Little (WAIS) showed Hisense Arena the star power that makes her one of Australia’s best.

The 21-year-old’s experience came to the fore after a long delay before her first attempt on the vault, as judges scored the previous athlete.

Nerves nowhere to be seen though for the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, nailing her two vaults in clean fashion and tasting success for the first time these championships.

“That’s what we come here to do, we come to do our best and you’re in the gym every day to win,” she said.

“It’s always nice to come to nationals and get recognised for all that hard work you put in.”

“Now I’m looking to upgrade both vaults and hopefully make a final at the world championships.”

Little was the star of the show on the first day of apparatus finals, where the growing talent of Australian gymnastics was on show.

A winning result on the pommel horse has made the plane ticket home well worth it for 22-year-old Tyson Bull (Vic), who has just completed his freshman year at the University of Illinois.

The United States proving a good move for the Victorian and obvious crowd favourite, a sweeter homecoming you will not see as Bull pounced on what could well be the only mistake made by freshly crowned all-around champion Naoya Tsukahara (QLD) all championships.

Tsukahara did walk away with the national rings title, but it was Bull who was the centre of attention with his 13.375.

“Coming from that college environment has just really hammered home that consistency is the key,” said Bull.

“A single fall is one whole mark, so staying on the horse is almost everything and I was able to do that today.”

“Sometimes your mind races ahead of you, but if you keep your mind in check you will have a good result, so I think that’s what I do best.”

In what is easily the most inspirational moment of the championships so far, Queensland’s Rianna Mizzen (QLD) claimed the senior women’s bars title in just her first competition since making the jump from juniors, and merely months after a freak training accident.

Preparing for a competition in Italy, the 15-year-old hyperextended and fractured her knee in March this year, but has defeated both the odds and more experienced gymnasts with an impressive 14.075.

“It’s been very hard to come back, and there have been a few times when I’ve been a bit scared,” she admitted.

“But now I’m out there competing against Olympians and I just can’t believe it.”

The score and surprise of the night came from the women’s junior artistic competition and one Emily Whitehead (Vic), an amazing 16.125 on floor.

The 14-year-old’s dynamic choreography a solid foundation, but it was the increased difficulty that saw her net three bonus points to clinch the title, as she now dreams of something bigger.

“It’s not likely for people to get 16’s so it’s good because trying something hard has really paid off,” she said.

“Definitely the Olympics would be my number one goal next, and I hope I’m good enough to achieve that.”

For full results from day 6, click here.

The competition continues tomorrow afternoon with the remaining apparatus finals, including two-time world champion Lauren Mitchell (WAIS) on beam and floor, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Tickets are now available for general public purchase via www.ausgymnasticschamps.com.au.

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are supported by the Victorian State Government under the Significant Sporting Events Program.

 

22 May 2015 

Youth and experience: Godwin joins Tsukahara in successful title defence

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Queensland teen sensation Georgia Godwin (QLD) has shown experience beyond her years to successfully defend her women’s artistic all-around title at the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

The 17-year-old more than deserving of the title, never headed across the two days of all-around competition, as a multitude of high quality gymnasts took their turns in snapping at her heels.

A picture of concentration throughout, there were no signs of emotion upon completing her final routine, Godwin leaving the floor a two-time national champion with a score of 108.750, Perth’s Emily Little (WAIS) second on 108.750 and Madelaine Leydin (VIC) third with 107.400.

“Once I’m in focus, nothing really distracts me; I don’t hear much going on and I don’t let emotions take effect,” she said.

“Now I want to help Australia at the world championships, and move towards Rio.”

“It is my ultimate goal to represent Australia at the Olympics.”

Before a point had even been scored, veteran Naoya Tsukahara (QLD) was the man to beat in the men’s competition, and the 37-year-old simply proved too strong.

Flawless, clinical, it was all we’ve come to expect from the Olympic gold medallist, the crowd appreciating every minute movement the Japanese-born champion made on his way to a score of 169.849.

Tsukahara won team Olympic gold at Athens 2004.

“Even the smallest things are always what I am looking to improve,” he said.

“It is control and consistency that will take Australian gymnastics to success.”

“This is something I am trying to teach here; I want to contribute.”

The subplot to the main event though was the developing return of Lauren Mitchell (WAIS), who showed exactly why she is a world champion.

The fan-favourite more than lived up to her name as the 23-year-old showed glimpses of what could only be described as vintage Mitchell.

Whatever weight may have previously been on her shoulders appears lifted, Australia’s greatest ever gymnast smiling the whole way through her two routines, as the nation now cheers her towards Rio 2016.

“This time round is completely different to London,” she admitted.

“This time it’s more about me and how my body is feeling, and contributing to the team.”

“It’s more self-focused than everyone else’s expectations and if I don’t meet everyone else’s expectations then I’m not that worried, whereas previously I would have been.”

Whilst Mitchell focused on beam and floor, West Australian teammate Emily Little (WA) was always threatening to steal Georgia Godwin’s all-around crown.

Ultimately, the 21-year-old would fall short, but her overall score of 107.475 is not the one she will be marking herself against.

“The main goal is worlds so I really just want to be ready and this is the best experience for that,’ said Little.

“As my coach reminded me, I have been out of action for two years and this is about getting my nerves under control and preparing under competition conditions,”

“Georgia is an amazing gymnast and she certainly deserves it [the title].”

In both the junior and senior women’s team competition, it was Victoria which continued its dominance.

For individual results from day 5, click here.

The competition continues tomorrow and Sunday with the apparatus finals, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Tickets are now available for general public purchase via www.ausgymnasticschamps.com.au.

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are supported by the Victorian State Government under the Significant Sporting Events Program.

 

20 May 2015 

Mitchell makes impressive return, as Little and Godwin battle for all-round crown

Day 2

Australia’s best ever gymnast showed next to no signs of rust, returning to competition for the first time since injuring both ankles last year; a comeback hoped to culminate with a berth at Rio 2016.

2010 world champion Lauren Mitchell (WAIS) was impressive on floor posting a 14.075 to sit atop the leader board after qualifying.

“Even though it’s qualification, it’s still the first time I’ve been out there on the podium since the Commonwealth Games, so it’s very nerve-racking,” she said.

“Now that I feel like I’m not going to stand there and just shake with nerves, I can be a lot more confident ahead of Friday.”

The twenty-three-year-old made pleasing progress on the beam, and whilst not in contention for all-round title, will return to Hisense Arena on Friday night, focused on building form across the two apparatus for which she is famous.

Fellow West Australian Emily Little (WAIS) was simply outstanding in her first test of the championships, the crowd on their feet as she posted the highest score of the night in women’s artistic, a 15.125 on vault.

All but faultless across the four apparatus, she did her hopes of taking out this year’s all-round crown no harm, not afraid to push the limits in search of the big scores that come with increased difficulty.

“That’s what you have to do when you’re introducing new elements into a routine,” she said.

“But I need to control myself a bit more, get my nerves down pat, and look a bit stronger and steadier across all apparatus.”

The story of the night though was Georgia Godwin (QLD), the seventeen-year-old going stride for stride with Little in a rivalry that will only build across the next week of competition.

The points quite literally going to Godwin on this occasion with a total score of 54.500 to Little’s 53.100.

She was consistent every time she took to the podium, particularly outstanding in bars and beam.

First time certainly a charm, notching up a 14.125 on the bars for a routine developed fresh for nationals, though Godwin won’t be patting herself on the back.

“I don’t look at the scores because if I do then I think about what I need to do next, when I should be focused on what I do in training,” she admitted.

“I know what I need to work on, and what I need to keep doing consistently.”

“The other girls are pushing me.”

In men’s artistic, it was catch me if you can for legendary veteran Naoya Tsukahara (QLD), as he led Queensland to gold in the team competition.

In a clinical performance, the 37-year-old showed incredible poise and strength throughout, typified by an imposing 15.133 on rings – the stadium right behind him with what could only be described as a signature fist pump after every routine.

He looms as the man to beat in the coming days, and it will be the furthest thing from an easy task.

The focus now moves to Friday night and the women’s and men’s all round final.

For individual results from day 3, click here.

Experience two weeks of superhuman feats, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Tickets are now available for general public purchase via www.ausgymnasticschamps.com.au.

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are supported by the Victorian State Government under the Significant Sporting Events Program.


 

18 May 2015 

 Unfinished business inspires Mitchell and Little as stars soar at podium training

Podium Training

Australia’s first ever world champion and best ever gymnast admits she is far from peak condition, but is heading in the right direction ahead of the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Lauren Mitchell was joined by Australia’s best men’s and women’s gymnasts for podium training today at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, ahead of her return to competition for the first time since succumbing to injury just days before last year’s world championships.

After winning two silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 23-year-old rolled both ankles in China and has progressed through an intensive rehabilitation program to be ready just in time for nationals.

“I’ve been training for about four weeks. So not ideal shape and definitely not my peak shape,” she admits.

The 2010 world floor champion will use this week’s competition as a springboard towards October’s world championships in Glasgow, where a top-eight finish for Australia will all but book the team’s flights to Rio in 2016.

Mitchell has already committed to leading the team at what will be her third Olympics, but as for her personal motivation, it’s all built on redemption on the Olympic stage.

“The Olympic medal is the only one I haven’t won, so that’s unfinished business,” she says.

“I wouldn’t just go to the Olympics to go to another Olympics. I don’t think that’s enough.”

Joining the comeback queen will be another 2012 Olympian in Emily Little (WAIS), as she too returns from an extended break.

Despite spending almost two years away from the sport, the 21-year-old will mark her performance with high expectations, and is keen to join Mitchell in Rio.

“I just want to get as close to perfection as I can. I want to hit all my apparatus, every competition,” she says.

“It’s a bit scary to think that now is where it all starts. The whole campaign – nationals, worlds and Rio.”

“It’s very exciting and nerve racking.”

Watching over Australia’s brightest female talent is Australian women’s coach Peggy Liddick.

There are few opinions that matter more in gymnastics, with Liddick using the championships as fully fledged selection trials, from which she will select her world championship squad.

It’s those names which are hoped will form the core of Australia’s 2016 Olympic team.

“I’m looking for a high difficulty that’s world standard, of course,” she said.

“But being able to come in time after time, and compete without much variation in a cool, calm and collected manner.”

“That’s what it’s all about.”

17-year-old Georgia Godwin (QLD) has already proven she can perform when needed, crowned Australian champion at last year’s titles.

Her philosophy can only hold her in good stead for what the future may bring, living and breathing the mantra instilled by the national coach.

“I train how I compete, so I just come out here and it feels like training,” she says.

“You only get one shot at it, and I’ve had the Olympic dream since I was about eight, so to go to Rio and represent Australia would be amazing.”

In men’s competition, Luke Wiwatowski (VIC) is hoping to go one better in 2015 and be crowned all round Australian champion.

The 28-year-old will compete across all six apparatus throughout the two week event, and success here will hold him in good stead for an individual spot in Rio 2016.

“I’ve come so close to winning the national title so many times, but it’s always been just out of my reach,” he says.

“Hopefully this is my year.”

Experience two weeks of superhuman feats, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Tickets are now available for general public purchase here: http://bit.ly/1JN3wGx

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are supported by the Victorian State Government under the Significant Sporting Events Program.


17 May 2015

2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: Australia’s elite gymnasts limber up on the road to games

The country’s most successful gymnast, Lauren Mitchell, has put her retirement plans on hold to compete at next week’s Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, in preparation for her third games bid.

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Read more at http://ab.co/1ecAiUy


 15 May 2015 

Raising the bar on gymnasts’ expectations

When young Liverpudlian gymnast Beth Tweddle qualified for her first apparatus final alongside many of the usual eastern bloc suspects at the 2002 European championships, she felt horribly out of place. Then, on the uneven bars, she promptly won a bronze medal.

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Read more at http://bit.ly/1FvCfr3


14 May 2015

Lauren Mitchell sets sights on Rio as Tweddle says ‘it’s only a matter of time’

Australia’s best ever gymnast has confirmed she will push on for the Rio Olympics, with the dream of taking her country to the podium still burning brightly.

In a huge boost to Australia’s aspirations in Rio, Lauren Mitchell, the 2010 world floor champion and 2009 world beam and floor silver medallist, has confirmed she is committed to what will be her third Olympics, and will take the first step towards qualification at next week’s 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

Australia has never won an Olympic medal in men’s or women’s artistic gymnastics, the 23-year-old telling Fox Sports she had her doubts as to whether she would be the one to lead the Australia team towards the podium, something which British Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle believes is only a matter of time away.

“I was really in limbo for a very long time so it’s only probably been in the last couple of weeks that I’ve really kind of stepped it up and said, ok, give it one more crack,” Mitchell said.

After winning two silver medals at last year’s Commonwealth Games, Mitchell was forced out of the world championships just two days before qualifying competition, rolling both ankles in training, throwing her into a long rehabilitation period.

But it’s the Olympic dream and the possibility of an Olympic medal that continues to burn within.

“You kind of forget what the Olympic vibe is like until you are there.”

“I had the AOC athlete’s commission meeting last week and just listening to everyone talking about it again kind of re-motivated me and I’m like, ok, I remember what it’s like.

“I want to go back,” she said.

Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medallist and three time world champion Beth Tweddle has told a Gymnastics Victoria Women in Sport breakfast this morning that Mitchell’s podium dream is simply a matter of time.

Like Mitchell, the now 30-year-old walked away from her first two Olympics with little to show for her years of work, but overcame the odds in her third attempt to claim bronze on uneven bars at London 2012.

The most successful British gymnast in history says she sees similarities between Australian gymnastics and Great Britain before breaking through the medal barrier.

“You can see the passion and enthusiasm and the coaching behind it,” she said.

“You’ve got so much talent in this country and it is just a case of time,”

“You have to target them when they’re six or seven, and then wait another ten, twelve, fourteen years before they can compete at the elite level,”

“It does take time.”

Lauren Mitchell will return to competition next week at the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena (Monday 18th May – Saturday 30th May).

Experience two weeks of superhuman feats, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Tickets are now available for general public purchase via www.ausgymnasticschamps.com.au.

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are supported by the Victorian State Government under the Significant Sporting Events Program.


17 April 2015

Two weeks of superhuman feats in Melbourne

Tomorrow marks one month to go for Australia’s best gymnasts, who will descend on Melbourne for the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena (Monday 18-Saturday 30 May).

Australian titles will be on the line across all disciplines, with spots on the Australian team for this year’s world championships also up for grabs in the Olympic disciplines of women’s and men’s artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics.

In most disciplines, the 2015 world championships are crucial qualifying events for the Rio Olympic Games, so the Australian titles form a vital springboard to next year’s Games.

With 1300 athletes, 600 officials, 33 sessions and more than 6000 routines, it will be a festival of gymnastics.

Leading the way will be Australia’s best female artistic gymnasts, headed by Australia’s first female world champion, Lauren Mitchell (WAIS) – who will lead a promising group aiming to secure Olympic qualification at the world championships in Glasgow in October.

Mitchell – the 2010 floor world champion and 2009 beam and floor world silver medallist – will join fellow senior Australian team members, 2014 Australian Champion Georgia Godwin (QLD), 2014 world championship team member Emma Nedov (NSW), and 2012 Olympian Emily Little (WA).

In men’s artistic gymnastics, individual spots for Rio are open, with Naoya Tsukahara (QLD) and Luke Wiwatowski (VIC) the ones to watch.

In rhythmic gymnastics, 2014 Commonwealth Games team members Danielle Prince (QLD) and Amy Quinn (WA) are expected to lead the way, along with the returning Enid Sing (NSW).

Trampoline gymnastics will have its own stars, as 2014 world championship finalist Shaun Swadling (NSW) joins brother and 2014 world championship team bronze medallist Ty Swadling (NSW). 2014 national champion Claire Arthur (SA), as well as 2012 Olympian and defending national champion Blake Gaudry (SA) will also be in action in Melbourne.

New South Wales acrobatic gymnastics pair Aiden Lerch and Mackenzie Levin will be looking to claim the Australian title, fresh off an 11th place finish at last year’s world championships.

Experience two weeks of superhuman feats, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Tickets are now available for general public purchase via www.ausgymnasticschamps.com.au.

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are supported by the Victorian State Government under the Significant Sporting Events Program.


17 March 2015 

The 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships are here!

1300 athletes, 600 officials, 32 sessions, more than 6000 routines, and that’s just the beginning…

Gymnastics Australia is excited to stage the 2015 Australian Championships at Hisense Arena, Melbourne from 18 – 30 May.

Experience two weeks of superhuman feats, as the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, and commence their journey on the Road to Rio.

Five gymsports will be on show, including the Olympic disciplines of Women’s and Men’s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics, as well as Acrobatic Gymnastics.

Participants and spectators will be amazed by the standard of competition and immersed in an experience like never before: entertainment, activities, educational workshops, a kid’s zone for interactive gymnastics and more…

Tickets

Gymnastics Australia is pleased to offer Affiliated Clubs and Technical Members a range of special discounts to the event. Tickets are now available for purchase via Gymnastics Online (GOL), or by downloading our ticket purchase form.

As an extra bonus, Gymnastics Australia is offering Affiliated Clubs one double pass to a premium session of their choice upon their first club booking order. No minimum tickets required. Plus, when  30 or more tickets for one Championship session are booked, Clubs are eligible for to receive a range of rewards including Online Coaching Courses. The more tickets that are purchased the greater the rewards Clubs can receive. And remember, attendees under five years of age attend free!

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on 1 April 2015 via Ticketek.

Visit the Tickets page for more information.

Free event

Gymnastics Australia will open the doors to Hisense Arena and welcome all attendees at no cost on Monday 18 May! Come along and watch the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 9 Q and the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 8U Q in the evening session. Stay tuned for more details.

Schedule

A draft schedule is now available to view online. Please note this is subject to change.

Volunteers

Gain a new perspective on the Australian Gymnastics Championships, working behind the scenes to make the event happen. Gymnastics Australia is looking to recruit a volunteer workforce to help deliver the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Click here to register your interest to volunteer.

More information

More information for state offices and officials, including event Bulletins, is available on the event website.

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