Showing posts with label AUS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AUS. Show all posts

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Australia Names Artistic Gymnastics Teams for CWG

At the conclusion of the 2014 Australian National Gymnastics Championships, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association has announced the Men and Women's Artistic Gymnastics teams for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Congratulations to the 10 lucky Gymnasts!

  • Georgia-Rose Brown (VIC)
  • Larrissa Miller (VIC)
  • Lauren Mitchell (WA)
  • Mary-Anne Monckton (VIC)
  • Olivia Vivian (WA)

  • Jayden Bull (VIC)
  • Michael Mercieca (QLD)
  • Mitchell Morgans (QLD)
  • Naoya Tsukahara (QLD)
  • Luke Wadsworth (VIC)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Australia Announces International Assignments

After a Women's Artistic National training camp was held from the 19th to 24th of January, Gymnastics Australia has announced the gymnasts who will be competing in International Assignments to start off the year. Australia will be sending competitors to the Nadia Comaneci Invitational, the Jesolo International and the Doha World Cup. Lauren Mitchell is set to return to competition in Doha, whilst the selections to Jesolo and Doha are still to be set in stone depending on the verification of competition readiness closer to the dates.

NADIA COMANECI INVITATIONAL - FEBRUARY 22ND. Gymnasts from Canada, Romania, Venezuela and the U.S. have registered their intent to compete. 
  • Georgia-Rose Brown (VICHPC)
  • Georgia Godwin (GQ HPC)
  • Madelaine Leydin (VICHPC)
  • Kiara Munteanu (VICHPC)
    • Aya Meggs (WAIS)
    • Darcy Norman (WAIS)
    • Yasmin Collier (WAIS) - Set to compete as an individual
    • Georgia-Rose Brown (VICHPC)
    • Georgia Godwin (GQ HPC)
    • Madelaine Leydin (VICHPC)
    • Kiara Munteanu (VICHPC)
    • Mary-Anne Monckton (VICHPC)
    • Franceska Fusha (WAIS)
    • Yasmin Collier (WAIS)
    • Alysha Djuric (WAVERLEY)
    • Aya Meggs (WAIS)
    • Darcy Norman (WAIS)
    • Emily Whitehead (WAVERLEY)
    • Lauren Mitchell (WAIS)
    • Mary-Anne Monckton (VIC HPC)
    • Olivia Vivian (WAIS)
    • TBA

    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Australia Announces WAG National Squads

    Gymnastics Australia has announced its updated list of the Women's Artistic Gymnastics National Squads. Well done to all!


    • Georgia-Rose Brown (Victorian Women's HPC/VIS)
    • Georgia Godwin (Gold Coast Gymnastics/Queensland HPC)
    • Madelaine Leydin (Victorian Women's HPC/VIS)
    • Lauren Mitchell (College Park/WAIS)
    • Mary-Anne Monckton (Victorian Women's HPC/VIS)
    • Emma-Jane Nedov (Epping YMCA)
    • Olivia Vivian (College Park/WAIS)


    • Jazminne Casis (Epping YMCA)
    • Alexandra Eade (Victorian Women's HPC/VIS)
    • Franceska Fusha (Star-Mites/WAIS)
    • Shannon Neate (Barron Valley Gymnastics/Queensland HPC)
    • Eden Tarvit (Robertson Gymnastics Club/Queensland HPC)
    • Aimee Warnock (Victorian Women's HPC)
    • Emily Whitehead (Waverley Gymnastics Center)

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Chung to Compete for the University of Maryland

    (Image courtesy of the University of Maryland athletic site)

    Head coach of the University of Maryland Terps Brett Nelligan has announced that Australia's own Nikola (Nikki) Chung is joining the Gymnastics team. I think that this is fantastic news and I hope and wish her all the best for her foray into the Collegiate gymnastics scene. In the release from the University of Maryland, Nelligan states that:
    "We're very excited to welcome Nikola to the Gym Terp family,” head coach Brett Nelligan said. “The team and staff have been eagerly awaiting her arrival all summer. She is a well-rounded gymnast excelling on vault and beam, and her bar routine is among the most difficult in the world. Nikola’s experience competing on the world stage will serve her well in the collegiate arena."
    Good luck to Nikki and the other Terrapins for the upcoming season!

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

    Australia Announces MAG Participants at Worlds

    Gymnastics Australia has announced the Men's Artistic Gymnasts who will be competing at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium from the 30th of September to the 6th of October. According to the announcement on the GA Website, the three gymnasts who were selected have "increased their difficulty and the quality of their performances, in order to be competitive with the best in the world." The participants will continue training at their home training environments before completing a week long training camp in Switzerland. 

    • Naoya Tsukahara (QLD/Queensland High Performance Center)
    • Prashanth Sellathurai (NSW/New South Wales Institute of Sport)
    • Luke Wiwatowski (VIC/Victorian High Performance Center)

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Olympian's Rekindled Love for Gymnastics

    Check out the awesome article that was published in The West Australian newspaper on Friday, 7th of June, 2013 about Australian Gymnast Olivia Vivian. Article and image can also be seen at:

    When Olivia Vivian went to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a 19-year-old, she was the oldest woman on the gymnastics team.
    Almost five years on and at an age when most gymnasts have long retired, she is far from done with the sport which has consumed close to 16 years of her life. The 23-year-old is an uneven bars specialist and has set her sights on becoming the first Australian woman to win a medal in the event at the world championships in Antwerp in October.
    Vivian has been to two previous world titles, but the results she wanted have proved elusive.
    Sensing this could be her last hurrah at the highest level, she is preparing to go all out later in the year.
    "I have always missed out on finals by the littlest of scores," Vivian said. "I want to make sure there is no room for regret or error or there is no looking back, saying, 'If only I had done this'."
    The part-time Zumba instructor said she would almost certainly have given gymnastics away had she not taken up a four-year scholarship at Oregon State University after Beijing.
    Vivian originally decided to accept because she couldn't turn down a chance for a fully-funded degree, but her time there also had an unexpected result, reigniting her passion for the sport.
    "It really just taught me how to love gymnastics all over again," she said.
    "Gymnastically, it taught me how to perfect things and to make things big, and get those landings and get all those extra points that will make a difference in the end.
    "I was challenged every day in the gym. I improved my gymnastics by going over there, when originally it had been a plan to wean off gymnastics.
    "You get so mentally and physically exhausted and it is kind of a norm here in Australia after an Olympic Games that you move on. If I didn't have that college outlet, I probably would be doing something else."
    Fate also intervened to prolong her career last year.
    Vivian's mum, Gillian, had planned a trip to visit the US and watch the final college competitions of the year. But when she had to cancel at the last minute, Vivian decided to return to Perth to surprise her family.
    The trip home coincided with the Australian Olympic trials. Vivian's decision to "have a crack" saw her win the uneven bars.
    She fell just short of winning a spot on the team for London and was named as the reserve.
    "Winning bars was a surprise but that is kind of what sparked my thought of, 'hey if I can podium here in Australia, I want to take that podium finish to international level for Australia'," she said.
    Tragedy has also played a role in Vivian's return to Perth to pursue her sporting dreams.
    Her 64-year-old father, Craig, lost his battle with a melanoma in February. Vivian had already been determined to qualify for the world titles, but losing her dad had added fuel to the fire.
    "At first gymnastics helped as a coping mechanism, coming in here and keeping me busy," she said.
    Vivian is currently completing an intensive 10-week block of training prior to nationals in July.
    Gymnastics has come under the winning edge program and the bar has been raised on standards, meaning only those who are medal chances will be taken to Antwerp.
    Vivian, who will turn 24 during trials, said she was planning a high-risk, high-reward routine.
    And if things go as well as she hopes, her name could be immortalised in gymnastics.
    "There is a skill that we are trying to learn in the gym and if I do complete it at world championships I will be the first to do it and it will be called the Vivian," she revealed. "That would be pretty awesome."

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Tsukahara Receives Australian Citizenship

    Australian National Team Member Naoya Tsukahara officially received Australian Citizenship on the 11th of April, 2013. Naoya was the unofficial Australian National Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and finished second at last year's Championships. Prior to that Naoya represented his native Japan at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics. This is fantastic news for Gymnastics in Australia, as this clears Tsukahara to compete for the country. See full article from Gymnastics Australia at:

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    2013 Dreamlight Perth International Gymnastics Challenge

    The 2013 Dreamlight Perth Invitational Gymnastics Challenge takes place from the 24th to the 27th of January. This competition sees Junior International gymnasts from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa converge on the State Gymnastics Center which is based at the Loftus Recreation Center in Leederville, Western Australia. There will be a team representing Australia as well as a Western Australian Institute of Sport team, the teams are listed below thanks to the team entry but the composition may have been changed after yesterday's Podium Training. The iiNet Team Competition takes place Friday, 25th January starting at 6.00pm (WST) with the Global Insurance Broking All Around and Apparatus Competition starting at 4.00pm (WST) on Sunday, February 27th.
    • Brooke Callcott
    • Darcy Norman
    • Paige James
    • Gillian Chan
    • Franceska Fusha
    • Nikita Hains
    • Yasmin Collier
    • Aya Meggs
    • Hanna Malloch
    • Courtney McGregor
    • Charlotte Sullivan
    • Millie Williamson
    • Tara Purvis
    • McKenzie Slee
    • Alessandra Thompson
    • Mammule Rankoe
    • Lukisha Schalk

    Friday, January 18, 2013

    Lauren Mitchell Focuses on 2014 CWG

    An article has emerged on Australian website with Australian gymnast Lauren Mitchell where she discusses her future in gymnastics. Check out the full article at: but here is a snippet:
    An injured Lauren Mitchell is doubtful about her road to Rio de Janeiro but says she's focusing on getting back to competing on the gymnastics floor at the Commonwealth Games.

    And that:

    But the 21-year-old missed out on a medal at the London Olympics after placing fifth in the floor final while nursing a chronic shoulder injury.
    Mitchell says she's still consulting doctors about the extent of the injury and whether she'll be fit to head back to competition.
    As such, it's too early to tell whether she'll be making her third Olympic appearance at Rio in 2016.
    "I'm not really thinking that far (to Rio), because I'll be 24," she told AAP.
    "I know (head coach) Peggy (Liddick) is like 'yeah Lauren will be there (at Rio)', but I'm not thinking that far ahead yet. But we'll see how we go."
    Mitchell wants to get to the world championships in September to contest the individual floor competition.
    After that, she's got her eyes on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Australia Gold Wins RG Team Title

    Rhythmic Gymnastics AUS team gold
    The winning team, courtesy of Brittany Lane for Original image here.
    The Australian Gold team, consisting of Tara Wilkie, Anastasia Katharios, Marlee-Shae Holden and Michaela Whitehouse have won the Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Competition at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney. The team from China came second with the Malaysian team picking up the bronze medal.
    1. Australia Gold (Tara Wilkie, Anastasia Katharios, Marlee-Shae Holden, Michaela Whitehouse) 145.233
    2. China (Zixin Liu, Rong Shang, Ruoqi Wang, Xiaolan Xu) 139.617
    3. Malaysia (Shak Yuki, Iman Iskandar Chan, Lok Yi Chong, Shasangari Sivaneswary Nagarajan) 129.917
    4. Australia Green (Maya Bennett, Rhiannon Choe, Rachel Raskopoulos, Tula Vuong) 126.633
    5. Great Britain (Lauren Brash, Tyler Brumitt, Tiola Gleeson, Helena Stiles) 119.367
    6. New Zealand (Nicole Connolly, Mackenzie Figgitt, Annaliese Graham, Clementine Hutchison) 110.250

    Mitchell: "No solid plans to compete this year."

    Australian Olympic gymnast Lauren Mitchell has confirmed that she has no solid plans to compete this year as part of an interview in relation to her role as an Athlete Ambassador at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. You can see the article in full at, but here is a snippet:
    The West Australian-born dual Olympian is living in the village with the young athletes, helping them train and adjust to the unique pressures of an international multi-sport competition.
    "It's such a great opportunity," Mitchell said of the AYOF. "Being able to live in the village, learning when to rest and dealing with distractions as well as experiencing international competition like this at a young age is so beneficial".
    The 21-year-old trains with a number of the girls on the team and says being able to help them prepare and watch them compete in the Festival is very rewarding.
    "I think it's important just to be a friend," Mitchell said of her role. "They already have their parents and coaches pushing them to succeed, so I'm really just support."
    Mitchell has no solid plans to compete this year, choosing to try and correct a long standing shoulder injury instead. Her previous achievements have not been overlooked, especially by teams from overseas.

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

    Brennan Officially Announces Retirement

    (Image from AOC 2012 Olympics website)

    Two-time Olympian Ashleigh Brennan has officially announced her retirement from Gymnastics. The announcement was posted on Gymnastics Australia's website on Friday - see here. Ashleigh has been a valued member of the Australian Gymnastics team and her presence will be sorely missed. Best wishes to her in her future endeavors. 

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    Aus Delegation for 2013 AYOF Announced

    The Australian Youth Olympic Festival is being held from the 16th to the 20th of January, 2013 in Sydney. A total of seventeen sports will be contested with 30 nations expected to compete. Gymnastics disciplines to be contested are Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline. 

    According to the information on the official AYOF website, the following nations have been invited:
    • MAG: Australia, China, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei
    • WAG: Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand
    • RG: Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand
    Australia has announced their Gymnastics participants and congratulations must go to those selected:

    • Alexandra Eade
    • Eliza Freeman
    • Rhianna Mizzen
    • Eden Tarvit
    • Paige James
    • Darcy Norman
    • Brooke Callcott 
    • Gillian Chan
    • RESERVES: Franceska Fusha, Shannon Neate 
    • COACHES: Misha Barabach, Vladimir Joura, John Hart, Nikolai Lapchine, Martine George
    • James Bacueti
    • Scott Brooks
    • Corey Morton
    • Zachary Perillo
    • Christopher Remkes
    • Clay Stephens
    • Robert Thornton
    • Trenten Wan
    • COACHES: Anthony Weston, Sean Wilson, Li Min Zou, Chen Wei Wan
    • Anastasia Katharios
    • Michaela Whitehouse
    • Tara Wilkie
    • Marlee-Shae Holden
    • Rhiannon Choe
    • Rachel Raskopoulos
    • Maya Bennett
    • Tala Vuong
    • RESERVES: Emma Chan, Zoe Bartholomeusz
    • COACHES: Danielle LeRay, Edith Peluso, Emma Tankovich, Jessica Veal, Anzelika Filipovic
    • Kira Ward
    • Jayden Cooney
    • Abbie Watts
    • Taylor Ellison
    • Claire Arthur
    • Joshua Ibrahim
    • Hugh McConnell
    • Dominic Clarke
    • Aidan Collins
    • Lachlan Banham 
    • Blake Rutherford
    • COACHES: Belinda Cox, Jarrod Heriot, Ben Kelly 

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Australian WAG National Clubs Championships

    The 2012 Australian Women's National Clubs Championships will be held at the Geelong Arena in North Geelong, Victoria from the 12th to the 22nd of November. The first week sees the International Divisions in Action, culminating in the awarding of the International Club Champion Award on the Friday, the 16th of November. Whilst the second week sees Gymnasts from the National Levels Program take to the Arena, culminating in the Champion Levels Club Award been presented. 

    Western Australia's Olivia Vivian highlights the list of five gymnasts competing in the Senior International division, whilst the four Juniors should light up the floor. The WAIS girls should shine in the IDP 10 division, but Eliza Freeman of Waverley Gymnastics Center has some gorgeous lines. International Stream participants are listed below, with the National Stream athletes being able to be seen:

    • Full day of training
    • 11.00 - 11.30 - IDP 8 - Stretch
    • 11.30 - 12.30 - IDP 8 - Warm Up
    • 12.30 - 14.00 - IDP 8 - DAY ONE 
    • 14.00 - 14.30 - Break
    • 14.30 - 16.30 - IDP 5 - Training 
    • 16.30 - 17.00 - IDP 10/JUNIOR/SENIOR - Stretch 
    • 17.00 - 18.30 - IDP 10/JUNIOR/SENIOR - Warm Up
    • 18.30 - 20.30 - IDP 10/JUNIOR/SENIOR - DAY ONE
    • 11.00 - 11.30 - IDP 8 - Stretch
    • 11.30 - 12.30 - IDP 8 - Warm Up
    • 12.30 - 14.00 - IDP 8 - DAY TWO
    • 14.00 - 14.30 - IDP 8 - Awards
    • 14.30 - 16.30 - IDP 5 - Training 
    • 16.30 - 17.00 - IDP 10/JUNIOR/SENIOR - Stretch 
    • 17.00 - 18.30 - IDP 10/JUNIOR/SENIOR - Warm Up
    • 18.30 - 20.30 - IDP 10/JUNIOR/SENIOR - DAY TWO
    • 20.30 - 21.00 - IDP 10/JUNIOR/SENIOR - Awards
    • 8.30 - 9.00 - IDP 5 - Subdivision One - Stretch
    • 9.00 - 10.00 - IDP 5 - Subdivision One - Warm Up
    • 10.00 - 11.45 - IDP 5 - Subdivision One - DAY ONE
    • 11.45 - 12.15 - IDP 5 - Subdivision Two - Stretch
    • 12.15 - 13.15 - IDP 5 - Subdivision Two - Warm Up
    • 13.15 - 15.00 - IDP 5 - Subdivision Two - DAY ONE
    • 15.00 - 15.30 - Break
    • 15.30 - 16.00 - IDP 6 - Stretch
    • 16.00 - 17.15 - IDP 6 - Warm Up
    • 17.15 - 19.30 - IDP 6 - DAY ONE 
    • 8.30 - 9.00 - IDP 5 - Subdivision One - Stretch
    • 9.00 - 10.00 - IDP 5 - Subdivision One - Warm Up
    • 10.00 - 11.45 - IDP 5 - Subdivision One - DAY TWO
    • 11.45 - 12.15 - IDP 5 - Subdivision Two - Stretch
    • 12.15 - 13.15 - IDP 5 - Subdivision Two - Warm Up
    • 13.15 - 15.00 - IDP 5 - Subdivision Two - DAY TWO
    • 15.00 - 15.30 - IDP 5 - Awards 
    • 15.30 - 16.00 - IDP 6 - Stretch
    • 16.00 - 17.15 - IDP 6 - Warm Up
    • 17.15 - 19.30 - IDP 6 - DAY TWO
    • 19.30 - 20.00 - IDP 6 - Awards  AND Champion International Club Award 
    • 8.15 - 9.30 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision One; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision One - DAY ONE
    • 9.30 - 10.45 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Two; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Two - DAY ONE
    • 10.45 - 11.15 - Morning Tea
    • 11.15 - 12.30 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Three; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Three - DAY ONE
    • 12.30 - 13.45 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Four; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Four - DAY ONE
    • 13.45 - 14.15 - Lunch
    • 14.15 - 15.30 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Five; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Five - DAY ONE
    • 13.30 - 16.45 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Six; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Six - DAY ONE
    • 16.45 - 17.15 - Dinner
    • 17.15 - 18.30 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Seven; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Seven - DAY ONE
    • 18.30 - 19.45 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Eight; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Eight - DAY ONE
    • 19.45 - 21.00 - LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Nine - DAY ONE
    • 8.15 - 9.30 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision One; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision One - DAY TWO
    • 9.30 - 10.45 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Two; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Two - DAY TWO
    • 10.45 - 11.15 - Morning Tea
    • 11.15 - 12.30 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Three; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Three - DAY TWO
    • 12.30 - 13.45 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Four; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Four - DAY TWO
    • 13.45 - 14.15 - Lunch
    • 14.15 - 15.30 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Five; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Five - DAY TWO
    • 15.30 - 16.45 - LEVEL 4 - Subdivision Six; LEVEL 5 - Subdivision Six - DAY TWO
    • 16.45 - 17.15 - LEVEL 4/LEVEL 5 Awards
    • 17.15 - 17.45 - Dinner
    • 17.45 - 19.00 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision One; Level 8 - Warm Up
    • 19.00 - 22.15 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision One; LEVEL 8 - DAY ONE
    • 7.30 - 8.45 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Two; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision One - Warm Up
    • 8.45 - 12.00 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Two; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision One - DAY ONE
    • 12.00 - 12.30 - Lunch
    • 12.30 - 13.45 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Three; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision Two - Warm Up
    • 13.45 - 17.00 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Three; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision Two - DAY ONE
    • 17.00 - 17.30 - Dinner
    • 17.30 - 18.45 - LEVEL 10/LEVEL 8 - Warm Up
    • 18.45 - 22.00 - LEVEL 10 - DAY ONE; LEVEL 8 - DAY TWO
    • 22.00 - 22.30 - LEVEL 8 - Awards
    • 7.30 - 8.45 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision One; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision One - Warm Up
    • 8.45 - 12.00 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision One; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision One - DAY TWO
    • 12.00 - 12.30 - Lunch
    • 12.30 - 13.45 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Two; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision Two - Warm Up
    • 13.45 - 17.00 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Two; LEVEL 7 - Subdivision Two - DAY TWO
    • 17.00 - 17.30 - LEVEL 7 - Awards
    • 17.30 - 18.45 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Three; LEVEL 10 - Warm Up
    • 18.45 - 22.00 - LEVEL 6 - Subdivision Three; LEVEL 10 - DAY TWO
    • 22.00 - 22.30 - LEVEL 6/LEVEL 10 Awards AND Champion Levels Club Award
    • Olivia Vivian -WAIS/College Park Gymnastics
    • Emma Jane Nedov - Epping YMCA 
    • Isis Lowery - Jets Gymnastics
    • Amaya King Koi - Moreton Bay College
    • Stella Savvidou - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Elisha Lai - Epping YMCA
    • Molly McKenzie - WAIS/Vital Gymnastics School
    • Alyssah Kay - Westfields Gymnastics School
    • Tiahn Pesterey - Westfields Gymnastics School
    IDP 10:
    • Paige James - WAIS/Jednorog Gymnastics Academy
    • Darcy Norman - WAIS/Spirit Gym Sports
    • Brooke Callcott - WAIS/Star-Mites Gymnastics
    • Gillian Chan - WAIS/T.J.'s Gymnastics
    • Eliza Freeman - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Madison Rogan - Westfields Gymnastics School
    • Carissa Uno - Westfields Gymnastics School
    IDP 8:
    • Kayleigh Falconer - Carmel & Co
    • Samantha Pace - Castle Hill RSL
    • Hannah Tam - Castle Hill RSL
    • Fiona Wallace - Castle Hill RSL 
    • Aya Meggs - WAIS/College Park Gymnastics
    • Emi Watterson - Moreton Bay College/Delta Gymnastics Brisbane
    • Jaid Otrupcek - Epping YMCA
    • Alysha Koloi - Moreton Bay College
    • Yasmin Collier - WAIS/Star-Mites Gymnastics
    • Nikita Hains - WAIS/Star-Mites Gymnastics
    • Estella Matthewson - Tri Star Gymnastics
    • Savannah Crompton - Tea Tree Gully Gymsports
    • Kendall Krooglik - Tea Tully Gully Gymsports
    • Nikita Hartley-Marschner - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Kate McDonald - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Logan Sharrock - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Jasmine Slade - Waverley Gymnastics Center 
    • Aleena Woo Jing Yun - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Cassidy Ercole - Westfields Gymnastics School
    IDP 6:
    • Sophie Hubball - Balance Gymnastics
    • Hannah Triantafillis - Balance Gymnastics
    • Anna Kuroda - QLD HPC/Barron Valley Gymnastics
    • Kaitlin Lloyd - Carmel & Co
    • Jaidyn Bowden - Central Coast Elite
    • Izabella Kay - Central Coast Elite
    • Lily Morris - Central Coast Elite
    • Dannielle Richards - Central Coast Elite
    • Lily Shereb - Central Coast Elite
    • Imogen Dixon-Smithers - Epping YMCA
    • Jaime Clarke - QLD HPC/Lawnton Academy of Artistic Gymnastics
    • Holly Cushing - QLD HPC/Lawnton Academy of Artistic Gymnastics
    • Lily Gresele - WAIS/Spirit Gym Sports
    • Amy Mackay - WAIS/Spirit Gym Sports
    • Anna Mackay - WAIS/Spirit Gym Sports
    • Sarah Stacey - WAIS/Spirit Gym Sports
    • Dayna Sulaiman - WAIS/Spirit Gym Sports
    • Tyla Bow - Tri Star Gymnastics
    • Alyssa Roy - Tri Star Gymnastics
    • Sarah Sherlock - Tri Star Gymnastics
    • Giulia Archer - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Alyssa Chau - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Talia Folino - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Rachel Laval - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Alexandra Mathioulakis - Waverley Gymnastics Center 
    • Camelia Moldovan - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Madison Moore - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Jade Vella-Wright - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Ella Winder - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Georgia Fragiadakis - Westfields Gymnastics School
    IDP 5:
    • Nadege Mindel - QLD HPC/Barron Valley Gymnastics
    • Kalila Stanley - Carmel & Co
    • Seren Burrows - Central Coast Elite
    • Samantha Fynn - Central Coast Elite
    • Hannah Vanhemert - Central Coast Elite
    • Mia Banks - Castle Hill RSL
    • Elena Chipizubov - Castle Hill RSL
    • Kyra Folscher - Castle Hill RSL
    • Holly Kerslake - Castle Hill RSL
    • Leah Ward - Castle Hill RSL 
    • Gemma Watson - Castle Hill RSL
    • Nadine Araujo - Epping YMCA
    • Jemima Lam - Epping YMCA
    • Charli Ivey - QLD HPC/Lawnton Academy of Artistic Gymnastics
    • Makayla Felix - WAIS/Northern District Gymnastics
    • Taylah Rafferty - WAIS/Northern District Gymnastics
    • Elissa Raya - QLD HPC/Robertson Gymnastics
    • Kate Sayer - QLD HPC/Robertson Gymnastics
    • Francesca Strangio - WAIS/Spirit Gym Sports
    • Sophie Prince - WAIS/Star-Mites Gymnastics
    • Isla Ross - QLD HPC/Super Performance Center 
    • Sophie Mahoney - WAIS/T.J's Gymnastics
    • Bella Brough - Tri Star Gymnastics
    • Hana Roberts - Tri Star Gymnastics
    • Rebekah Chan - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Milla Deckert - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Erica Gibcus - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Ruby Honrado - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Ella Hughes - Waverley Gymnastics Center 
    • Emma Loveless - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Rebecca Mati - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Sarah Melsom - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Nina Phan - Waverley Gymnastics Center
    • Fiorella Arena-Betancor - Westfields Gymnastics School
    • Stephanie Frasca - Westfields Gymnastics School
    • Casey Rogan - Westfields Gymnastics School
    • Chantae Toner - Westfields Gymnastics School

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Rio calling but Little up in air

    In an article in today's (24/08/2012) The West Australian Newspaper, there is an article and interview with Australian gymnast Emily Little. Unfortunately you cannot see it on the online version, but my sisters tell me that it was accompanied by a lovely image of Emily on what looks like playground equipment. You can read the article at the following link: or below. But for your information, Armadale is about a forty five minute drive from WAIS depending on traffic and speed limits.

    After 12 years preparing for her first Olympic Games, WAIS gymnast Emily Little will take her time before deciding if she is willing to commit to another four years for Rio de Janeiro.
    Post-Olympic soul-searching is nothing new for Australia's sporting elite, but the answers are more complicated for female gymnasts, who also have to consider physical changes which could inhibit their ability to remain in the sport while upgrading their skills for the next Olympic cycle.
    At 18, Little was the youngest in the team and has the best chance of extending her career for four more years. Two-times Olympic teammates Lauren Mitchell and Ashleigh Brennan, both 21, and Georgia Bonora, 22, are unlikely to make it to a third Games.
    After a week back home from London, Little will be discussing her future with her family and coaches after anchoring Australia's Olympic campaign with a 15th in the individual all-around competition - up from 23rd at last year's world championships.
    The team disappointingly slipped in the world rankings from sixth to 10th after crucial mistakes on the floor and beam during team qualifying. But Little was rock solid on all four apparatus.
    "It has been a long haul getting to London," she said. "What I have to decide is whether my body will hold up and whether I want to take on the physical and metal challenge of another four years of dedicated training."
    Little is also unsure whether she will be too old to compete at elite level at 22, even though there are some outstanding athletes who have remained in the sport well into their 20s.
    "I still love learning new skills and that is what would be required to upgrade my routines," she said.
    "I produced my best scores at the Olympics but there is room for more improvement."
    Little shared the major medals at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games with WAIS training partner Mitchell and could be encouraged to look towards Glasgow in 2014.
    But for now she will be spending as much time as possible learning to drive.
    "Mum has spent the past 10 years driving me from Armadale to WAIS for training every day and is looking forward to me getting behind the wheel myself," she said.

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Gymnast Returns to School

    An article on The Inner West Courier catches up with retired Australian Rhythmic Gymnast Naazmi Johnston as she returned to visit her former school. You can see the full article here, but here's what Naazmi has been up to (note that it was a Rhythmic Gymnastics Performance Group and not a Dance Group):

    Johnston retired from competing at 22, and now coaches in the sport.
    "When I am coaching, I encourage them with whatever ability they have," she said.
    "They don't have to be the best to get something out of what they are doing. It's about training hard and always setting goals, and working towards those goals."
    She is also working on several other projects with new opportunities opening up after performing as part of a dance group on Australia's Got Talent last year.

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    It's a Mitchell Mediapaloosa

    Find below three links to articles related to Australian gymnast Lauren Mitchell.

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    'Odyssey' Makes It To Australia's Got Talent GRAND FINAL!!

    Robertson Gymnastics Academy's performance Acrobatics group "Odyssey" performed in the 2012 Australia's Got Talent Grand Final last night (Australian time - 18/07/2012). They have made it through each round previously with the all important public vote behind them. And hopefully they can achieve the same result after last night. They have even been featured on the FIG WEBSITE! See here:,10869,5187-187975-19728-44545-316953-17968-5233-layout210-205197-news-item,00.html. As for the above video, many thanks for Youtube user TalentShowStars for uploading the Grand Final performance!

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    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Athleticism is all in the lineage?

    Chris Dutton, a sports writer from The Canberra Times, has written a piece published on the Sydney Morning Herald website this morning which is entitled "Medals await those with the mettle in their genes". The article was a great read and although I am still unsure whether genes are one hundred percent a factor in the success of some athletes but I guess it really does influence it. As the article states, ''There's always someone who will defy the general mould,'' Saunders says. ''There are some basic measures which can give you an indication of someone's future. 'But I think athletes can be groomed to a certain event as well.'' The full article can be seen here but a taste of the article is below:
    One is a 49 kilogram pocket rocket gymnast and the other is a weightlifter three times her size, but both possess the key to Olympic Games success - genetic predisposition.
    Lauren Mitchell and Damon Kelly have almost nothing in common and their sports require completely different skills. But an Australian Institute of Sport senior physiologist, Philo Saunders, says their respective genes are crucial to becoming world-class athletes.
    So, what makes an athlete perfect for their sport? It is a combination of oxygen capacity, muscle make-up and the hunger for success.
    For world champion Mitchell, it is her speed, flexibility and aerial awareness. For weightlifter Kelly, it is his ''big quads and big arse''.
    ''Sometimes you get someone who breaks the mould. But if you're genetically not disposed to a certain sport, you're just not going to be good at it,'' Saunders says.''Some people are just faster because they've got that fast-twitch muscle fibre make-up. You can change it to a certain degree, but there's a limit you reach while others just push through it naturally.''
    The breakdown is pretty simple.
    And the article continues on, specifically with a section pertaining to Gymnastics.
    Pole vaulters are tall, muscular, possess explosive speed and have a big vertical jump. Gymnasts are the same but shorter with superior flexibility.
    When Saunders gets athletes in the AIS laboratory and tests anthropometry, body composition, height, weight, muscle mass and maximal oxygen capacity, he discovers their full potential.Lauren Mitchell is the perfect size for gymnastics - 158 centimetres tall and weighs 49 kilograms - and is flexible.The average age of the Australian gymnastics squad is 21 and the average weight is 49kg, making them some of the smallest in London.''Gymnastics has really evolved over the last three Olympiads; it's no longer the little, mini, pixie 14-year-olds,'' Australian head coach Peggy Liddick says.''You need the vaulters who are the short, fireplug, pocket rockets.''The shorter they are, the faster they twist and turn … and pound for pound, they're probably as strong as a 100 kilogram weightlifter and can perhaps even lift more.''I want guts. I want the kid climbing the curtains and up the poles. gymnastics is about being courageous.''Lauren Mitchell fits all the body types, but she's not that co-ordinated. She's like a bulldog, she just won't quit or let go.''

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Swadling Withdraws Non-Travelling Reserve Position

    Image of Shaun Swadling from Gymnastics Australia

    Sending wishes of a speedy recovery to Shaun Swadling who was scheduled to be the non-travelling reserve to Australian Trampoline Olympian Blake Gaudry for London. See the full article from Gymnastics Australia below.
    Australian Olympic Trampoline reserve, Shaun Swadling (Newcastle), has been forced to withdraw from his non-travelling reserve commitments after injuring himself at training last night.
    Swadling dislocated his knee at training in Adelaide yesterday, and was transported to Flinders Medical Centre where he was assessed and the dislocation was corrected.

    Adam Sachs, High Performance Manager for Gymnastics Australia, said Swadling had suffered major soft tissue injury but no bone injury has been sustained.

    “Shaun spent the night under observation but is likely to be released this morning following advice from medical staff. Our main priority is focusing on Shaun’s recovery and ensuring he has the proper support,” said Sachs.

    Gymnastics Australia will look to name a replacement non-travelling reserve within a week.