Saturday, August 31, 2013

Cool Customers in Kiev

Danielle Prince and Jaelle Cohen finished a commendable 57th and 73rd respectively in all-around at the recent World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Kiev. A few of their routines from the qualification round can be viewed below.

Jaelle ribbon
Danielle ribbon
Jaelle clubs
Danielle clubs

Best wishes to both on their journey towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Coach's Corner

During her time at the International Gymnastics Camp, our women's artistic national coach Peggy Liddick sat down for a chat with Suri Serano.

She has some interesting insights on the cultural differences between Australian and US environments that she has experienced as a coach, as well as Olympics past and future.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Back In Time To Anaheim

This week marks 10 years since an Australian gymnastics team (or individual) first medalled at a world championship.

Our purple-clad women's lineup pulled off the unthinkable in the team final (technical infractions to an opposing team notwithstanding) and snatched a third place podium finish with 110.335 in front of a parochial California crowd. The Aussie flag was finally out of the box and raised to the rafters. It was sweet redemption after a shaky showing in the qualification round.

Belinda Archer, Jacqui Dunn, Danielle Kelly, Stephanie Moorhouse, Monette Russo, and Allana Slater (honourable mention to an injured Lisa Skinner) completed the four rotations commendably, finishing on beam to book a bronze medal spot while the crowd roared for their home country heroes on floor. Russo would go on to finish right behind Slater in the all-around final's top 13 placegetters, and compete alongside the world's best in the balance beam apparatus final. Two standout routines that cemented the team bronze can be viewed below, Russo's floor and Slater's beam. Solid, solid, solid!

Male artistic gymnast Philippe Rizzo came tantalisingly close to a history-making medal of his own, relegated to fourth in the men's high bar final by an agonising .037!. As we all fondly remember, he would go on to best that in 2006 with the gold he richly deserved. Slater wrote on Facebook today that, "[I] Can still remember the magical moment the score board flashed Australia 3rd!!! And the immediate tears that flowed by everyone on the floor!!!" (and later) "It was sooo loud but it didn't matter because we had trained with every sound effect going at training camp! Peggy prepared us very well for the crowd and the day! Peggy believed in us and we went out there and performed like we knew we could!" Take a bow, ladies.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Aussies to Antwerp

Official word out of the Victorian Men's High Performance Centre is that one member of our 3-strong men's artistic world championship team will be...

Luke Wiwatowski!

Congratulations and best wishes, Luke!

This year Luke Wiwatowski's love of gymnastics will send him to Antwerp, Belgium as a member of the Australian Men’s Team to 2013 World Championships.

Luke fell in love with this sport at a young age, and in turn, it has shown him the world while representing Australia as a gymnast.

Participating in 2013 at the Doha World Cup and following a great result at the 2013 Australian National Championships where he received 2nd AA, 1st on Floor, 1st on HBar and 2nd on PBars he was named to the 3 man team travelling to Switzerland for a training camp and on to Antwerp, Belgium where he will compete for Australia at this year’s World Championships.

In 2012 Luke moved to Melbourne to train at the Victorian Men’s High Performance Centre. “The Victorian Men’s HPC provided me a great opportunity to train in a healthy environment and also gives me a healthy balance between life and gymnastics.”

“The HPC gymnastics program is a large program which caters to gymnasts at all levels. It is a great place to train and develop good friendships with others who are dedicated to the sport.”

We all wish Luke the best and safe journey at Worlds this September!

I will update on the other members of our delegation as I get news.

Update Fri:

Gymnastics Australia confirms today that the other team members will be

Prashanth Sellathurai
Naoya Tsukahara

Congratulations to all three, who will do us proud in Belgium!