Sunday 7 October
NCC2018: Day 16 Wrap
Day 16 of competition at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre marked the final day of competition at the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival. However there was no time to get too sentimental just yet, with the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 8 and 9-10 Champion teams to be decided, as well as the Overall Champion WAG Clubs for 2018!
Level 8, for All-Around, Delta Gymnastics Brisbane placed first, Shire Gymnastics (NSW) took second and Premier Gymnastics (QLD) came third.
Level 9-10, for All-Around, Waverly Gymnastics Centre placed first (VIC), MLC Gymnastics took second and Delta Gymnastics Brisbane came third.
The then was just one last presentation to be made – Overall Champion WAG Clubs for 2018.
Delta Gymnastics Brisbane was our Overall Champion WAG Club for 2018. This is Delta’s third consecutive year of winning. In second, QLD club Premier Gymnastics and third Waverly Gymnastics Centre (VIC).
After an epic 16 days of competition held across almost an entire month, the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 8 and 10 presentations signified the end of the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival. On behalf of Gymnastics Australia we would like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to every single athlete that competed – without you, we would not have been able to host the biggest gymnastics event in Australia’s history!
We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors and partners for their continued support, in particular Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast who helped this event come to life. And last – but definitely not least – the sincerest of thank yous goes out to all of the personnel who worked on this event. Whether you were a Coach, Judge, Chaperone, contractor, volunteer or GA staff member. As clichéd as it sounds, an event of this magnitude simply could not be run without your support and assistance.
We can’t wait to see you all back on the Gold Coast for the National Clubs Carnival in 2019! (2019 event dates: September, 12-29).
Saturday 6 October
NCC2018: Day 15 Wrap
Today was the penultimate day of the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, and with competition in both the Men’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics both wrapping up yesterday, the Women’s Artistic gymnasts had the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre entirely to themselves.
On Day 15 of competition we got to see the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 8 and Level 9-10 teams in action for the first time. Teams perform on all four apparatus – Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam and Floor – with at the end of the day the top 50% of teams from each judging panel advancing to tomorrow’s finals.
The top ranked teams in Level 8 for tomorrow’s finals are Delta Gym Brisbane, Premier Gymnastics and Maroochy Beach Gymnastics.
The top ranked teams in Level 9-10 for tomorrow’s final are Waverley Gymnastics, Delta Gym Brisbane and MLC Gymnastics.
The 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival will wrap up at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre tomorrow, following the conclusion of Day 2 of competition for the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 8 and 9-10 athletes. Session 1 of competition will commence at 8.30am.
Friday 5 October
NCC2018: Day 14 Wrap
The 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival continued at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara today, with Day 14 of the event also marking the final day of competition for the Men’s Artistic (MAG) and Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) competitors.
In the RG gymnasium it was time for some of the youngest athletes to take to the floor in the final day of competition, with Gold Medals in the Category 1 Groups and Trios up for grabs.
The gold medals for the last day of our Rhythmic competition were shared between different clubs, showcasing the quality of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Prahran RG took home gold in the Category 1 Group Freehand competition with Le Ray Gymnastics Academy claiming gold in the Category 1 Trio Freehand competition. Category 2 Group for Hoop was won by Le Ray Gymnastics Ravenswood and Shire Gymnastics took home gold for the Category 2 Trio Rope competition.
With all the final scores tallied, it was time to reveal who would be the Overall Champion Club for 2018. There couldn’t be a closer finish for the top ranking with New South Wales club Le Ray Gymnastics Ravenswood and Shire Gymnastics (also from NSW) both finishing on 96 points. With Le Ray Gymnastics Ravenswood winning more gold medals overall, they took home the honours of Overall Club Champion with Shire in second and Le Ray Gymnastics Academy (NSW), who won Overall Club Champion in 2017, coming in third with a total of 90 points.
Over on the MAG floor the Division D athletes were back in action for their second day of competition, with the results from the final day of competition determining who would be crowned Overall Champion MAG Club for 2018.
Shire Gymnastics (NSW) took to the podium taking out team gold for Floor, P-Bars and High Bar. The other gold medals for team apparatus went to Sydney Hills Gymnastics for Pommel Horse, Gold Coast Gymnastics for Rings and Super Performance Centre for Vault. Shire Gymnastics were also represented in individual apparatus gold medal placings with Sam Cook winning on Floor with a score of 10.4. Nicholas Chanturia from Dolphin Gymnastics (VIC) collected two individual gold medals, one for P-Bars with a score of 10.6 and another for High Bar with a score of 10.433.
Following on from a consistent performance across all divisions of MAG competition, Super Performance Centre (QLD) were crowned Overall MAG Club Champions for 2018, with a total score of 197 points. Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club (NSW), who had won the Overall Champion Club title in both 2016 and 2017, placed second with 187 points, whilst Sydney Hills Gymnastics (NSW) were third with 146 points.
Competition also continued in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics competition today, with the Level 7 athletes taking to the floor for their second and final day of competition. Delta Gymnastics Brisbane Team 1 (QLD) took out the All-Around title with a score of 148.000, as well as the Team Gold Medal on Beam. The other Team Gold Medals were distributed across another three clubs with MYC Gymnastics (VIC) taking gold on Uneven Bars, Tamworth Gymnastics Club (NSW) taking gold on Vault and MLC Gymnastics (VIC) taking gold on Floor.
The 2018 National Clubs Carnival competition continues for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics tomorrow, with the Level 8 to 10 athletes taking to the floor for their first day of competition. Competition will commence at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre from 8.30am.
Thursday 4 October
NCC2018: Day 13 Wrap
Day 13 of competition at the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival marked the penultimate day of competition in both Men’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, which meant a jam-packed schedule across both Gymsports.
On the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) side of the ledger the Division D athletes were in action for the first time, as they competed for both Team and Individual All-Around honours. After a massive three Sub Divisions of athletes took to the floor to show the judges what they could do across all six apparatus – Floor, Buck, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar – it was the local team from Gold Coast Gymnastics Club who came out on top, with a total Overall score of 180.313. In an incredibly tight competition – where just 0.284 separated the top three teams – Sydney’s Shire Gymnastics finished second (180.047), whilst Sydney Hills Gymnastics Club was third (180.029).
The following session saw Day 2 of competition for the MAG Division C athletes, which was once again dominated by the team from the Sydney Hills Gymnastics Club, winning five out of the six available Team Apparatus Titles; Floor, Pommel, Rings, Parallel Bars and High Bar. Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club (NSW) and Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club tied for first on the remaining apparatus – Vault – with a score of 28.400, whilst Sydney Hills finishing third (28.200).
In the Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) competition it was the final day of individual competition, featuring the Level 8s in action competing in both the Junior and Senior age divisions.
In a high-quality Level 8 Junior field it was Ella Neeves of Shire Gymnastics who came out top of the pack, not only winning the Level 8 Junior All-Around Title with a score of 31.800, but also the Ball (8.700) and Ribbon (7.600) Individual Apparatus Gold Medals.
Meanwhile in the Level 8 Senior competition it was a tight race between another Shire gymnast – Skye Carroll – and Le Ray Gymnastics Academy’s Jorja Maxwell. In the end Maxwell came out on top with an All-Around score of 31.550 – just 0.25 ahead of Carroll – however Carroll won both the Freehand and Ribbon Gold Medals, whilst Maxwell only came out on top in one individual apparatus; Clubs.
The afternoon and evening sessions of RG saw the multiples component of the Carnival get underway, starting off with the Category 3 and 4 Groups and Trios. Shire Gymnastics continued on their success from earlier in the day, dominating the Category 3 division, winning both the Trio and Group titles. Meanwhile Le Ray Gymnastics @ Ravenswood (NSW) experienced similar success in Category four, winning both the Ribbon Trio and Clubs Group events.
Competition also resumed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) hall today, with the National Level 7 teams competing in their first day of competition. Team All-Around and Apparatus awards will be presented following Day 2 of competition tomorrow.
Competition continues with Day 14 of the National Clubs Carnival tomorrow, where the Overall Champion Clubs will be crowned in both Men’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics disciplines. The first session of competition kicks off at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre from 9am.
Wednesday 3 October
NCC2018: Day 12 Wrap
It was another much anticipated day of competition at the 2018 National Clubs Carnival, culminating in the second and final selection trial event for Australia’s Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) World Championships Team in the final session of the day. This was the chance for Australia’s top Senior International athletes to put their best foot forward for the final time to earn a spot on the plane to Doha at the end of the month; a competition that will serve as the first step on the track to Tokyo 2020.
Again 12 athletes trialled tonight, with video verification from Clay Stephens (SA) and Tyson Bull (VIC) also submitted for analysis by the judges, with both athletes currently training and competing for the University of Illinois in the USA.
Stephens once again proved to be a man on a mission. With October 3 marking exactly 12 months to the day since he ruptured his ACL at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, he again came out top of the All-Around rankings, with an overall score of 79.150. He also posted an impressing second place score on Floor; 13.500 – the very apparatus he ruptured his ACL on – behind Brisbane Grammar’s Scott Costin, who posted a mammoth 14.200, cementing a solid bid to make his first major Senior team.
As always Chris Remkes wowed the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre crowd with his dynamic and innovative gymnastics, unsurprisingly once again coming out on top on his pet apparatus – the Vault – with a score of 14.850. However it was his Rings routine that was most pleasing to both him and his coach, with a cleanly executed, 5.100 difficulty performance meaning he finished ranked equal second on the apparatus, with a score of 13.650.
Ranked top in Rings was Michael Tone (13.950) – one of the best workers on this apparatus Australia has seen in years – however he couldn’t repeat his performance from Day 1 on his favourite event – the Pommel Horse – being pipped by Bull, who scored an impressive 13.350. It was a solid Day 2 performance from Bull, who also top-scored on Parallel Bars (14.200). However it was an out-of-character performance on the High Bar that brought him unstuck, allowing Mitchell Morgans to swoop in and take top spot on this apparatus, scoring 13.400 despite a fall.
In other MAG competition today, both the Division A and E athletes took to the competition floor for their second day of competition; Team and Individual Apparatus events.
In the Division E competition it was the team from Sydney Hills Gymnastics Club who dominated the awards, winning an incredible three out of the six team Gold Medals on offer – in the Floor, Pommel Horse and Rings events – as well as taking minor medals out in the remaining three team events. In the Individual Apparatus placings there was also a lot of Sydney Hills black and yellow to be seen atop the podium, with Lucas Rogers and Jackson Leib combining to medal on five of the six apparatus contested.
In Division A the winnings were more evenly spread across the competing teams, with the team from Sydney’s Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club taking out two Individual Apparatus Titles – Pommel Horse and Rings – Brisbane Grammar School’s Team 1 winning the Floor and Parallel Bars events, whilst the team representing Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club were victorious on Vault, and Gold Coast locals Super Performance Centre took the spoils on the Horizontal Bar.
Over on the Rhythmic side of the hall it was a big day of Individual Level 5 competition, with athletes taking to the floor to compete in both the Junior and Senior age divisions.
In the Level 5 Junior competition it was Cara Gavagna from Sydney’s Le Ray Gymnastics at Ravenswood who dominated, not only winning the All-Around Title with a score of 29.734, but also picking up three of the four Individual Apparatus Gold Medals on offer; for Freehand, Hoop and Clubs. Shire Gymnastics’ Vivianne Matushevsky took out the remaining Gold Medal for Rope – with a score of 7.200 – as well third place on the All-Around Podium.
In the Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) Level 5 Senior competition, it was a truly dominant performance by Daria Prinkaznova – also of Le Ray Gymnastics @ Ravenswood – who won all five Gold Medals on offer for the evening; Freehand, Rope, Hoop, Clubs and All-Around.
Over in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) competition hall it was another big day of competition followed by what seemed like an even bigger session of presentations, with over 200 Level 6 WAG athletes from across the country packing the competition floor, seeing if their team had earnt a spot on the podium.
Once again it was the powerhouse team from Delta Gymnastics Brisbane who came away with the majority of the spoils, taking out the Level 6 Team All-Around Title with a score of 114.525. Again it was all Queensland teams making up the top three on the All-Around podium, with Delta beating out Toowoomba’s All Star Gymnastics (112.450) and Brisbane’s Premier Gymnastics Academy (112.425) for the minor placings.
Despite also being crowned the Champion Team on three of the four Individual Apparatus – Vault, Uneven Bars and Beam – Melbourne’s MLC Gymnastics ensured the locals didn’t have it all own their way, taking out the Floor title with a score of 28.125. The team from Delta finished fifth on Floor (27.675) in an incredibly tight competition.
Competition resumes in the Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions tomorrow at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, with the first session kicking off at 8.30am.
Tuesday 2 October
NCC2018: Day 11 Wrap
Phil Rizzo returned to the heights of success – not to dissimilar to those he experienced when he was crowned the High Bar World Champion in 2006 – tonight, when he took to the floor in the inaugural Masters competition at the 2018 National Clubs Carnival.
One of the biggest and more boisterous crowds of the event so far packed into the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre this evening, to cheer on a bunch of brave but enthusiastic ‘mature age’ men and women as they took to the competition floor. Some competitors were new to the sport, some had only returned to training recently, and then some were no strangers to the competition arena, with tonight Masters competition field including three Sydney 2000 Olympians, Phil Rizzo (AUS), Damien Istria (AUS) and Saul Arena (ESP).
With the Australian Masters competition being his brainchild, it was fitting that Rizzo not only saw it come to fruition, but that he came out atop the podium, winning the All-Around Title with a score of 76.950. Rizzo’s Australian Academy of Gymnastics teammate – Arena – had to settle for second All-Around (75.350). Shire Gymnastics’ Mitchell Skippen was third (74.650).
In the team event Istria had the last laugh however, leading his Brisbane Grammar teammates to victory in the team competition, just pipping out Rizzo, Arena and the rest of the team representing the Australian Academy of Gymnastics, 153.650 to 150.500. Shire Gymnastics also finished third in the team event, scoring 146.850.
Other Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) competition today saw the team from Sydney Hills Gymnastics Club dominate Day 1 of the Division C competition, taking out both the Overall Team Title – with a score of 177.896 – and the Individual All-Around Title, thanks to Daniel Chalabov (60.265). Meanwhile in Day 2 of the Division B competition, Manly Warringah spent the majority of the time on the top spot of the dais, winning three of the six Team Apparatus Gold Medals of offer.
Over on the Rhythmic Floor, it was the Individual Level 6s’ time to shine, with both Senior and Junior titles up for grabs. In the Junior competition, Dominiga Beltran from Melbourne’s Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics stole the show, winning the All-Around Title with a score of 33.499, as well as picking up a medal in all four Individual Apparatus events; Gold in Freehand, Bronze in Ball and Clubs, and Silver in Ribbon.
Over on the Level 6 Senior side of the ledger, it was Maya Hancock from Sydney’s Shire Gymnastics who took out the ultimate prize, winning the All-Around Title with an overall score of 31.631. Hancock also picked up a pair of Apparatus Finals gold medals, in the Freehand and Ribbon events.
Finally, over in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics hall it was time for the National Level 6s to get their National Clubs Carnival campaign underway for 2018. The final results for our WAG Level 6s will be known following the completion of Day 2 of their competition tomorrow.
Tomorrow marks Day 12 of the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, with the highlight in the competition once again coming at the end of the day when the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Senior International athletes return to the competition floor for the second day of their World Championship trials. The trial – held in conjunction with the final session of Division A competition – commences at 6.30pm.
Monday 1 October
NCC2018: Day 10 Wrap
Day 10 of the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival continued in the same hectic fashion as Day 9, with athletes representing Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) all in action again at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre.
It was the littlest athletes who kicked off the competition in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) program today, with Division E being introduced to the competition for the first time in 2018. The boys from Sydney Hills Gymnastics Club shone brightly in the first session, in what was an incredibly tight competition. In the Team All-Around event, Sydney Hills took out the Gold Medal with a combined score of 178.261. It was a tight race for the minor Team All-Around medals however, with Gold Coast locals Super Performance Centre finishing in second with 175.494 – just 0.233 ahead of Sydney’s Castle Hill RSL Youth Club (175.261).
In the Individual All-Around event the scoring was just as tight, with a mere 0.899 separating all positions on the podium. Sydney Hills’ Jackson Leib continued his Clubs’ Gold Medal winning-run, taking out the Division E All-Around title with a score of 59.964. He just edged out his teammate Lucas Rogers who finished second (59.365), whilst Gold Coast local, Jack Botteril of Super Performance Centre was third (59.065).
,Across the afternoon and evening it was the MAG Division A athletes’ turn to take to the floor for Day 1 of their competition, which included a group of Senior International athletes who were simultaneously competing in part one of the World Championship team selection event.
The 2018 International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) Artistic Gymnastics World Championships – which also serve as the first qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – commence in Doha, Qatar on October 25, so the stakes were high for the athletes, who put on a show that was lapped up by the captivated crowd.
Twelve athletes competed in the World Championship trial, with the results being taken into final selection consideration along with those from the second day of competition, to be held this Wednesday. An additional two athletes – Clay Stephens and Tyson Bull – who are currently training and competing for the University of Illinois in the USA, had previously also submitted their routines for video verification to be added into the mix of consideration.
It was Stephens who came out top of the mix in the All-Around competition, finishing with a score of 74.350. After rupturing his ACL on the final pass of his Floor routine at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal – almost a year ago to the day – Stephens seems to have come back better and stronger than ever, with the goal of reaching the Tokyo Games now well in sight.
Chris Remkes returned to competition success on the Gold Coast this evening; a town with which he has incredibly fond memories after winning an historic gold medal on his pet apparatus – Vault – at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Tonight his first vault scored a massive 14.850 – just shy of the 14.866 it scored back in April – doing all but clinching one hand around a plane ticket to Doha.
Another GC2018 team member and Australia’s newest Senior International All-Around Australian Champion, Michael Tone, was also in action tonight, in a bid to make his first World Championship team. Strong performances on the Pommel Horse and Rings – where he scored 14.250 and 13.850 respectively – saw him finish atop the pack on two of his strongest events, and continue the incredible consistency he has displayed throughout the 2018 competition season.
Although being pipped for top spot on his favourite apparatus, the High Bar – Bull took care of that over in Illinois, with a score of 14.450 – another GC2018 team member, Mitchell Morgans, returned to form this evening following mid-year knee surgery. He took top spot in the Parallel Bars rankings – scoring 13.500 – whilst also performing a breathtaking High Bar routine, to score 13.950, placing second behind Bull.
At the end of day 1 of competition for Division A, Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club (NSW) finished in top spot with a score of 224.450, whilst it was a tight race for the minor team placings between the Super Performance Centre (223.000) and Brisbane Grammar School (222.600), who finished second and third respectively.
Over on the Rhythmic floor the Level 7 athletes were back in action on the second day of the RG competition, this time competing in the Senior age group. After two Sub Divisions jam packed with some challenging routines, incredibly it was gymnasts representing New South Wales-based Clubs that took out every single medal on offer on the podium!
Elke Black of Le Ray Gymnastics @ Ravenswood was crowned the outright winner, taking out the Level 7 Senior All-Around Title with a score of 35.032, as well as picking up a Silver Medal with the Rope and Gold Medal with Ribbon for good measure. Ascham School’s Emma Murray finished second All-Around, scoring 34.065, whilst Le Ray Gymnastics Academy’s Alma Joldic was third (33.499).
The evening session saw the RG Level 9 Open athletes take to the floor for their individual competition; the highest individual level contested in RG at the National Clubs Carnival. Again it was a Le Ray Gymnastics @ Ravenswood athlete who stole the show, this time in the form of Amy Burke, who not only took out the All-Around Title (scoring 33.999), but also three of the four Individual Apparatus Gold Medals on offer; in Hoop, Clubs and Ribbon. In the remaining apparatus – Ball – Burke had to settle for Silver behind Venia Gymsport’s (SA) Olivia Moroney, who scored (8.766).
It was also another busy day of competition for the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 5s, who took to the floor for their second and final day of competition. After an incredible 324 Level 5 athletes from across Australia took to the floor to wrap up their 2018 National Clubs Carnival campaign, it was three Brisbane-based Clubs who came up trumps, with Delta Gymnastics Brisbane, 360 Gymnastics and Premier Gymnastics Academy finishing first, second and third respectively on the Team All-Around podium.
It was a dominant performance from the team from Delta Gymnastics Brisbane, who not only finished with an overall score of 115.200, but also took out the Gold Medal in all four Apparatus events; Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam and Floor. 360 Gymnastics – a relatively new Club on the scene – also finished on the podium in every event, adding to their All-Around Silver on Vault, Bars and Beam, whilst claiming Bronze on Floor.
The National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival continues tomorrow at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, with all three Gymsports – Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics – back in action. Competition for the day commences at 8.30am, but if you’re not at the venue already, make sure you come down at 6.30pm to catch Australia’s first ever National MAG Masters Competition, featuring THREE Sydney 2000 Olympians; Phil Rizzo (AUS), Damien Istra (AUS) & Saul Cofino (ESP).
Sunday 30 September
NCC2018: Day 9 Wrap
Whilst for some the long weekend in the was all about football Grand Finals, up on the Gold Coast an influx of athletes, coaches, judges and officials returned to the Sunshine State for part 2 of the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival.
Day 9 of competition at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre commenced with our Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) National Level 5 competitors taking to the floor for their first day of competition. With a record number of WAG Level 5s entered into the competition this year, an incredible 12 judging panels were required to judge across five sessions of competition to ensure the competition ran like clockwork. The final results for our WAG Level 5s will be known following the completion of Day 2 of their competition tomorrow.
Over on the other side of the hall the Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) athletes were commencing their National Clubs Carnival campaign for 2018. Competition commenced with performances in the various Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) Divisions, a variety of the sport that is performed in large groups without any hand-held apparatus.
On the podium the spoils were shared around the teams that represented 19 different Clubs from across Australia. Sydney-based Le Ray Gymnastics @ Ravenswood took out the Division A title with a score of 15.050, whilst the team from Elementz Rhythmic Gymnastics in Canberra were victorious in Division B with a score of 15.100. In Division C another Le Ray franchise – this time Le Ray Gymnastics Academy – top scored with 13.050, whilst Shire Gymnastics from Sydney’s south won the final AGG Gold Medal on offer, scoring 15.700 for their Division D routine
The final RG session for the day saw the first lot of individual routines on the competition carpet for the Carnival, with the Level 7 Junior athletes putting on a varied and entertaining display for the judges and audience alike. In the end it was Annabelle Accetta-Kalkandis from Sydney’s Avanti Rhythmics who took out the ultimate title, claiming All-Around Gold with a score of 34.231. She also picked up medals in all four Individual Apparatus events on offer; Silver in Freehand and Ribbon and Bronze in Rope and Hoop.
Zara Spargo from Mitcham Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in South Australia was also impressive, not only taking out the All-Around Silver Medal (33.899), but also winning the Freehand and Hoop events, and then picking up a Bronze with the Ribbon just for good measure. Oliva Hills from Le Ray Gymnastics @ Abbotsleigh (NSW) took out the remaining place on the Level 7 Junior All-Around podium, finishing third with a score of 32.665.
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) was the final Gymsport to get their 2018 National Clubs Carnival campaign underway today, with Division B athletes taking to the floor for their first day of competition in sessions held across the afternoon and evening, with Team and Individual All-Around awards presented at the conclusion of competition on Day 1.
Brisbane Grammar School’s Team 1 took out the Team Overall Title for Division B, with a score of 214.982, just a nose in front of Sydney powerhouse, Manly Warringah, who’s first team finished just 0.449 behind Brisbane Grammar to take out the Overall Silver Medal. Canberra City Gymnastics Club’s Team 1 was third (212.083).
In the Individual All-Around competition it was Sydney Gymnastics Centre’s Brady Wheeler who blew the competition away, finishing outright first with a score of 72.616. Manly Warringah kept amongst the medals again in the minor individual placings, with Minato Thomas (71.600) and Ethan Carlile (71.166) finishing second and third All-Around respectively.
The National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival continues at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre tomorrow, with the highlight of the day’s competition coming at 6.30pm, when the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Senior International athletes take to the floor for day 1 of their World Championship team trials. There will also be more Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics action on tomorrow, with the first session of competition for the day commencing at 8am.
Saturday 22 September
NCC2018: Day 8 Wrap
Day 8 of competition at the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival not only signified the end of part one of the event, but also the final day of competition for Trampoline Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics and Gymnastics for All, where the Overall Champion Clubs for all three disciplines would be crowned by the day’s end.
It was Brisbane-based Robertson Gymnastics who claimed overall victory in the Trampoline competition, taking out the title for the first time since 2018. Making the most of a significant home ground advantage, Robertson finished with a massive 220.334 points, ahead of Sydney Gymnastics Centre (164.223 points) and another Sydney-based Club; Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance (153.32 points), who finished in second and third place Overall respectively.
With Trampoline Gymnastics being such a diverse discipline – athletes can compete in up to three different events; Individual Trampoline, Double Mini Trampoline and Tumbling – across both National and International levels, other presentations are also made annually, to encourage Clubs with smaller numbers of athletes to continue to participate in the event. Incredibly Robertson also took out the title of Trampoline Discipline Champion Club, as well as Champion Club in the National Level 4 to 7 division. However both Sydney Gymnastics Centre and Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance stood their ground in their preferred disciplines, taking out the Double Mini Trampoline and Tumbling Champion Club Titles respectively.
Over on the Aerobics floor it was another frenetic race to the finish to see who would be crowned Overall Champion Club for 2018. After another two sessions of back-to-back routines, it was the crew from Melbourne Girls’ College – who operate both an AeroSchools program as well as a Gymnastics Club – who went one better than their second place overall in the AeroSchools Australian Championships earlier in the week, being crowned Overall Champion Club for the first time at a National Clubs Carnival, with a total of 310 points. Fellow Melbourne school-based Club – Loreto Toorak Gymnastics Club – finished second with 258 points, whilst Premier Gymnastics Academy – who operate of our Brisbane’s Moreton Bay College – were a close third (247 points).
The Aerobic Gymnastics Technical Committee also has another award to encourage the continual participation of smaller Clubs in the annual National Clubs Carnival competition. This award is for the ‘Best Performance Club’ and is calculated based on the total number of points a Club earns throughout the event, divided by the number of routines entered in the competition.
It was a relatively new Club to the scene – Melbourne’s Advantage Gym Sports – that took out the Overall Best Performance Club for 2018, with a score of 10.143. Sydney’s Kinetic Force Fitness was second with 9.750, whilst Premier Gymnastics Academy again took third (8.517).
Over on the other side of the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre it was the Gymnastics for All competitors who were wrapping up their 2018 National Clubs Carnival campaign, with the day starting with the annual National TeamGym Competition.
TeamGym is a type of performance gymnastics that is incredibly popular in Europe, where groups compete three different routines; Floor, Tumbling and Mini Tramp. All routines are performed to music, and at their end of the competition scores are tallied and teams are given a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award according to how their score is banded in their division (Novice, Intermediate or Advanced).
It was fantastic to have 23 teams representing 13 Clubs from across Australia in this year’s event, with three elusive Gold Awards being presented at the conclusion of the competition – one to ‘The Greaties’ team Woden Valley Gymnastics Club (ACT) who contested the Intermediate division, whilst the remaining two Gold Awards went to teams who competed in the Advanced division – the Gymnastics NSW Combined Clubs Performance Team, and ‘Black Ice’, from Swan Districts Gymnastics Club in Western Australia.
The much anticipated grand finale for the day was the 2018 Gym4Life Gala, where all teams who participated in yesterday’s evaluation round of the Gym4Life Challenge get to perform their routines again to an incredibly captive audience. The evaluators and each team who entered the Challenge got to vote on who they thought should be crowned the Champions for 2018. Unsurprisingly it was Team Adrenalin’s “The Greatest Show” that was the runaway winner, with the Victorian Club lifting the trophy and defending their title from 2016.
Watch their incredible performance via our Facebook page here.
Gymnastics Australia will return to the Gold Coast next weekend, with part two of the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival commencing at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre from Sunday 30 September. Competition in Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics will commence from 8am.
Friday 21 September
NCC2018: Day 7 Wrap
Day 7 of the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival continued in the same manic fashion as Day 6, with three different Gymsports in action; Aerobic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics and Gymnastics for all.
Continuing on from their Outdoor Performances in Broadbeach yesterday, the teams contesting the Gym4Life Challenge donned costumes and in some instances dramatic make up to recreate their performances in the gymnasium. In the Gym4 Life challenges performances are evaluated and ranked according to their scores, with teams being presented with either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award based on their rankings.
The highlight performances of the morning were from Woden Valley Gymnastics Club (ACT) and Team Adrenalin (VIC) who both entered multiple teams in the competition. Woden Valley’s Groovers and Movers – a team who’s athletes are aged in their 60s and 70s, with the oldest athlete being 75! – were a crowd favourite with their inspiring routine entitled “Love Is In the Air”, whilst Team Adrenalin’s rendition of “The Greatest Showman” was of the standard you would expect from a Cirque du Soleil spectacular. Both teams were presented with a Gold Award, along with teams from Carey Gym Club (VIC), JA Gymsports (NSW) and another group representing Team Adrenalin, who performed to “Ome Kayo”.
The Gymnastics for All competition program continued after lunch, with the staging of the inaugural National FreeG Competition. ‘FreeG’ stands for Freestyle Gymnastics, a program Gymnastics Australia has adopted from British Gymnastics, combining aspects of gymnastics, parkour, and the recent Channel 9 sensation, Australian Ninja Warrior. In fact, the ‘furthest and fastest’ from this year’s Australian Ninja Warrior – former gymnast and current gymnastics coach, Rob Patterson – came down to help out with the event, as well as serve as a guest judge on the judging panel.
Whilst the main aim of the event was of course to have fun, after both the times and freestyle rounds, Dubbo apprentice Josh Mann was crowned the inaugural Overall FreeG Champion for 2018.
On the other side of the venue, the Aerobic Gymnastics athletes were back in action, this time for Day 1 of their competition in the National Clubs Carnival, where the gymnasts represent their Clubs instead of their Schools. An incredible 17 Gold Medals were up for grabs in the first session, with athletes from Melbourne’s Loreto Toorak Gymnastics Club taking out four of the titles on offer; the Level 1 Combined Team, Level 5 Junior Individual, Level 5 Junior Multiples, and Level 8 Intermediate Multiples.
The second Aerobics session of the day proved to be similarly busy to the first, with back-to-back routines competing for another 14 National Clubs’ Titles on offer. Fresh off the back of a second place overall finish in the 2018 AeroSchools Australian Championships, the team from Melbourne Girls’ College – who operate both as a School Club and a Gymnastics Club set up – dominated the session, with athletes reaching the top of the podium in four divisions; AeroDance Division 1 Intermediate Team, AeroDance Division 2 Intermediate Team, Level 3 Intermediate Multiples and Level 7 Intermediate Individual (Claire Cheesman).
The third and final Aerobics session for the day saw considerably less levels contested, but the competition was still hot. It was two Queensland-based Clubs who shared the majority of the spoils in the session, with Adrenaline Aerobics and Fitness and Premier Gymnastics Academy taking out four of the six top spots on offer between them. Athletes from Adrenaline Aerobic and Fitness were victorious in the AeroDance Intermediate Trio and AeroDance Intermediate Team categories, whilst Premier Gymnastics not only won the AeroDance Senior Trio and Level 3 Junior Individual divisions, but took out five of the top six positions in the Level 3 Junior Individual competition; a division that had a massive 29 competitiors!
Over in the Trampoline gym it was the beginning of another jam-packed day of competition, with four National Clubs’ Titles being contested in the morning session. It was a successful showing for Sydney Gymnastics Centre, with Kye Costa and Mackenzie Wilson taking out the Level 4 Men’s Trampoline and Level 7 Women’s Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) events respectively. The remaining two titles went to Reannan Campbell of Victoria Park Gymnastics and Trampoline (QLD) in the Women’s Level 5 DMT, and Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance’s (NSW) Jack Hemmings in the Men’s Level 7 Tumbling.
After another marathon session of Individual Trampoline, Double Mini Trampoline and Tumbling events that ran from the afternoon through into the evening, another set of National Clubs Carnival Champions were crowned. It was an incredible successful session for Brisbane-based Robertson Gymnastics, whose athletes took out four of the five Gold Medals on offer. Joshua Sharkey took out the Men’s Level 6 DMT event (127.900), Susannah Da Costa won the Women’s Level 4 Tumbling (85.300), Willow Head was victorious in the Level 4 Female Trampoline competition (93.200), whilst Lachlan Towerton won the Men’s Level 5 Trampoline. The remaining title went to Sydney Gymnastics Centre’s Tahlia Geelan, who won the Women’s Level 6 DMT event with a score of 125.200.
The final session of competition of for the day once again saw our elite Trampoline athletes in action, this time with Seniors taking on the Tumble Trak, Juniors on the Individual Trampoline and Youths contesting the Double Mini Trampoline.
Once again for the Seniors tonight’s competition served as their final World Championship selection event. Unsurprisingly – given their name! – Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance dominated the Tumbling podiums at the end of the night, taking first and second in the Women’s competition, as well as a clean sweep of the Men’s podium. Shannon Usher took the ultimate honours in the Women’s event (60.000), whilst Jack Hemmings was victorious for the men (72.600).
In the Junior Individual Trampoline competition it was a family affair, with Tasmanian brother and sister duo Matthew and Amber French taking out the Men’s and Women’s Titles respectively. In the Youth DMT competition, Troy Sitkowski of Sydney Gymnastics Centre took top spot with a score of 64.500, whilst in the Women’s event Charlotte Johnstone claimed victory with a score of 64.800.
Gymnastics Australia’s National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival continues tomorrow, with Day 8 of competition also being the final day of competition for Trampoline Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics and Gymnastics for All. The first session of competition commences at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at 8.30am.
Thursday 20 September
NCC2018: Day 6 Wrap
Today was the first opportunity to catch our Trampoline athletes in action, with gymnasts competing in Individual Trampoline (TRP), Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) and Tumbling (TUM) across both National and International Levels.
A jam-packed day of back-to-back Trampoline sessions culminated in the Youth TUM, Junior DMT and Senior TRP taking to the floor to wow the crowds with the complicated teams, in a session which also doubled as the final World Championship selection event for our Senior Trampoline athletes.
In the Men’s event it was 2017 World Championship Finalist Blake Rutherford of Eastlake Trampoline Sports (NSW) who took out the top spot on the podium, scoring 59.255 and putting forward a strong case on why he should get another berth on the World’s team in 2018. Behind him in second place was his training partner Aiden Thomas (57.385), with Queenslander Jayden Robinson-Patch of Robertson Gymnastics in third (54.785).
Over on the Woman’s side of the ledger GSA Jets’ Claire Arthur surprised some by executing a near-flawless finals routine to score a deserved 54.835, take out the Gold Medal and put her hand up for a spot on the World Championship team to travel to Russia in November. Meanwhile Peak Trampoline’s (WA) Eva Kierath finished second with 53.050, whilst 2018 Australian Youth Olympic team member, Jessica Pickering – who flies to compete in Buenos Aires next month – excelled in her first Senior International competition, placing third with a score of 52.980.
Over on the other side of the venue, Day 2 of the 2018 AeroSchools Australian Championships was in full force, with two sessions of back-to-back routines remaining to decide who would be crowned Overall Champion School.
After taking the overnight lead – and despite only taking out one of the 15 titles on offer on the second and final day of competition – Brisbane’s Mt St Michael’s College stormed home to secure the title of Champion Overall School with a massive 162 points, ahead of 2017 Champions Melbourne Girls College (125 points) and NSW’s Abbotsleigh School for Girls (101 points).
There was also gymnastics action out of the gymnasium today, with the Gymnastics for All (GfA) component of the 2018 National Clubs Carnival kicking off at Kurrawa Pratten Park in Broadbeach. As part of the 2018 Gym4Life Challenge, teams are required to do an Outdoor Performance; a non-judged component of the Gym4Life Challenge. Athletes between the ages of 8 and 80 wowed the crowd that gathered to watch the spectacular, as well as some lucky passers-by who were enjoying the beautiful Gold Coast morning.
Trampoline Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics and Gymnastics for All action continues at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre tomorrow, with the first session of the day commencing at 9am.
Wednesday 19 September
NCC2018: Day 5 Wrap
For the first time at this event we welcomed our Aerobic Gymnastics athletes to the Gold Coast, as they kicked off their campaign at the AeroSchools Australian Championships.
AeroSchools is an Aerobic Gymnastics program where athletes perform in pairs, trios or groups representing their school instead of their Club or State. It was great to have over 20 schools from across the country represented at this year’s National AeroSchools Competition.
In the first session of the day the honours were fairly evenly spread, with pairs from four different schools taking out top spot on the podium. In the Level 3 Junior Pairs division Lily Bock and Jema Gilchrist from Brisbane’s Moreton Bay College took out the Gold Medal with a score of 14.85, whilst in the Level 3 Intermediate Pairs competition, fellow Queenslanders Madeline Spanevello and Emma Tanwan of Mt St Michael’s College were victorious (15.90).
Melbourne Girls’ College Charlotte Bourke and Evelyn Gammon won the Level 4 Intermediate Pair division (15.90), whilst Australian representative Ruby Conti partnered with Alessia McCaig to claim victory for Bendigo’s Girton Grammar School with a massive score of 16.65.
In the evening session, even more National Titles were up for grabs for schools from across the country. Sydney-based Abbotsleigh School for Girls and Melbourne Girls’ College took out the most titles for the night, with Abbotsleigh winning the Level 4 Senior Pair and Level 4 Senior Trio divisions, whilst Melbourne Girls’ were victorious in the Level 4 Intermediate and Level 5 Senior Trio categories.
The remaining six Titles on offer in the final session of the day were shared evenly across the competing schools, with groups from Mt St Michael’s College (QLD), Firbank Grammar School (VIC), Siena College (VIC), Moreton Bay College (QLD), PLC Sydney (NSW) and Star of the Sea College (VIC) all having their turn atop the podium.
At the halfway point in the AeroSchools Australian Championships Mt St Michael’s College lead the standings on 79 points, with Melbourne Girls’ College (71) and Abbotsleigh School for Girls (60) hot on their heels. Competition resumes in the AeroSchools Australian Championships tomorrow, with two jam-packed sessions of routines remaining before we get to find out who our Champion School will be for 2018.
We will also get to see our Trampoline and Gymnastics for All athletes in action for the first time. The Trampoline Gymnastics competition kicks off at 9.30amat the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, whilst the Gymnastics for All athletes will be on show at Kurrawa Pratten Park in Broadbeach from 11am.
Monday 17 September
NCC2018: Day 4 Wrap
The 2018 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Australian Classic wrapped up at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure today, with Australia’s best Junior and Senior International athletes taking to the floor for their second and final day of competition.
With the scores from Days 1 and 2 being combined for the Individual All-Around and Apparatus results, Queensland’s Kate Sayer extended on her lead from Day 1 of competition to finish the competition with a combined score of 102.816 to take out the Junior All-Around Title. In her last competition before she flies to Buenos Airens next month to represent Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Sayer also impressed in the Individual Apparatus events, taking out the Vault Title with a massive score of 27.749, and tying for Gold on the Beam with fellow Queenslander, Tiana Odessa (25.300).
Odessa finished just behind Sayer on the All-Around dais with a score of 100.066, as well as winning the Floor Title outright with 25.100.
Although not contesting the All-Around Title, Odessa’s training partner from 360 Gymnastics – Isla Ross – was flawless on the one apparatus she contested at this year’s Australian Classic; the Uneven Bars. Ross posted a combined score of 25.900 to talk out the remaining Individual Apparatus Title.
In the final session of the day it was the Senior International athletes’ turn to take to the floor for the second day of their competition. With the final selection camp and verification looming to decide who will represent Australia at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha at the end of October – an event which will also serve as the first qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – nerves were high in a tight race for the All-Around Title.
Gold Coast native Georgia-Rose Brown held on to her narrow lead from Day 1 of competition over her Queensland High Performance Centre training partner, Rianna Mizzen, clinching the Senior International All-Around Title with a total score of 105.550. Mizzen was second with 104.175 in a much improved and more consistent performance from earlier in the year at the Commonwealth Games. Brown and Mizzen’s GC2018 teammate, Emily Whitehead from Victoria’s Waverley Gymnastics Centre, was third (102.950).
Mizzen had the wood over Brown in the Uneven Bars Apparatus event however. With both girls considering the Bars their pet apparatus, Mizzen took out the title with a score of 27.475, just 0.05 ahead of Brown.
Another member of Australia’s GC2018 Bronze Medal-winning team was in action today, with Alexandra Eade showing why she was crowned the Commonwealth Champion on Floor back in April, adding the Australian Classic Title to her swag of accolades on the apparatus, with a combined score of 26.175. Eade’s Floor score on Day 2 of competition – 13.325 – was just shy of the 13.333 she scored to land herself atop the GC2018 Podium earlier in the year.
On Beam it was comeback-queen Emma Nedov’s time to shine. After a horror run of injuries and not having competed for almost two years, the 2014 World Championship team member showed superior difficulty on her favourite apparatus, taking out the Gold with a score of 26.125.
The final Individual Apparatus Medal for Vault went to Sydney West Gymsports’ Cassidy Ercole.
The 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival continues on Wednesday, with the 2018 National AeroSchools Competition. Some of Australia’s best Aerobic Gymnastics athletes will be in action representing their schools at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. Competition commences at 1pm.
Sunday 16 September
NCC2018: Day 3 Wrap
The 2018 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Australian Classic continued at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre today, with the Future International athletes taking to the competition floor for the second and final day of competition.
After leading the pack at the conclusion of Day 1 of competition, Western Australia’s Olena Edmeades continued her form on Day 2, taking out the Future International All-Around Title with a commanding combined score of 81.716. Edmeades also took out the Floor title, with a combined score of 22.150 from across both days of competition, as well as twin Bronze Medals on both Vault and Beam.
Second All-Around was Selena Saitannis from Sydney West Gymsports, with a total score of 79.232, whilst hot on her heels in third position was another Sydney-sider, Ella Perry of Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club (78.198).
The Australian Classic wraps up tomorrow, with the Junior and Senior International athletes taking to the floor for their second and final day of competition. The Junior session – featuring Queensland’s own Kate Sayer who is a member of the 2018 Australian Youth Olympic Team that will travel to Buenos Aires next month – commences at 9.30am, whilst the Senior International session – commencing at 1.30pm – will feature Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Medallists Georgia-Rose Brown (QLD), Rianna Mizzen (QLD), Alexandra Eade (VIC) and Emily Whitehead (VIC).
Over in the Acrobatics gymnasium, it was a full program of competition for the final day of Acrobatic Gymnastics competition, with everyone excited to find out who would the crowned the Overall Champion Club for 2018.
In the first session of the day it was the Level 5 Pairs and Level 7s’ turn to dazzle the judges on the competition floor. The spoils were shared across the session, with the Overall Titles going to groups from four different Clubs. In the Women’s Level 5 Pairs division Sydney Gymnastics Centre’s Raimely Bojo and Layla Dimacali were crowned Overall Champions, whilst in the Level 5 Mixed Pairs division, this honour went to Vincent Pederson and Bridget Albers from Melbourne’s Team Adrenaline. In Level 7, Shennei Barber and Isabella Yeomans from Sydney’s SXL Gymnastics took out the Women’s Pairs Overall Title, whilst Bronte Wood, Abbey Hendry and Madeleine Tzannes from Queensland’s Robertson Gymnastics Academy were victorious in the Trios.
The penultimate Acro session of the day featured Pairs competing in the Level 4 Mixed, Level 6 Women’s and Level 6 Mixed categories respectively. Sydney Gymnastics Centre’s pairing of Roma Uata and Skye Riley were unstoppable in the Level 4 Mixed Pair division, taking out all three Gold Medals on offer in the Balance, Dynamic and Overall categories. Another Sydney Gymnastics Centre pairing – this time between XinMei Lees and Genina Espino – dominated the Level 6 Women’s Pairs competition, winning Gold with both their Balance and Dynamic routines, as well as clinching the Overall Title. Team Adrenalin’s Patrick Morgan and Grace Filipovic won the Overall Level 6 Mixed Pair Title.
The final session of the day saw the Level 8-10 and International groups perform their Combined routines to register their final Overall scores. Nunawading took out the honours in Level 8 Women’s Trio division, Team Adrenalin won the Level 8 Mixed Pair Overall Title, and the Senior Women’s Trio of Sue Seki, Emily Cuddy and Julianna Ivanka were impressive in their category. However it was the team from Robertson Gymnastics who dominated the session, winning the Level 10 Women’s Trio, Junior 12-18 Men’s Pair and Junior 12-18 Women’s Trio divisions.
After a massive final day of competition that saw Overall Titles for 13 categories decided, Robertson Gymnastics continued on their fine form from the final session, taking out the title of Overall Champion Acro Club for 2018, with a total of 343.344. This was the third time in four years Robertson have taken out the title, this year surpassing Victoria’s Team Adrenalin in second position (302.444) and Sydney’s SXL Gymnastics in third (255.650).
Saturday 15 September
NCC2018: Day 2 Wrap
Dual Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Medallists, Georgia-Rose Brown, has found form again on the Gold Coast, shooting to the top of the leaderboard on Day 1 of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Australian Classic at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre this evening.
The Gold Coast-native currently leads the All-Around rankings with a total score of 52.800, ahead of fellow Commonwealth Games teammate and training partner Rianna Mizzen (51.575). The two were matched in the All-Around rankings after three apparatus with just Vault remaining, but a fall on landing from Mizzen meant Brown just had to land on her feet to secure Day 1 honours.
Victoria’s Emily Whitehead – another Aussie Medallist from GC2018 – currently sits third All-Around (51.400) and also leads the competition on Floor.
The Australian Classic is an important meet for Gymnastics Australia’s WAG National Squad, with it being the final competition before the training camp and selection event that will determine the team who will represent Australia at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha in October; the first step in the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Earlier in the day Day 1 of the Junior International competition at the WAG Australian Classic also got underway, with Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Australian team member, Kate Sayer, leading the field after Day 1 of competition. A consistent All-Around performance placed her in top spot with a total score of 51.000, ahead of fellow Queenslander, Tiana Odessa, who currently sits in second with 50.116. Western Australia’s Sidney Stephens is third (49.066).
The second and final day of the 2018 WAG Australian Classic for both the Senior and Junior International athletes will be held this coming Monday, with competition beginning at 9.30am.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre, the 2018 National Clubs Carnival continued with the Acrobatics competition. In the first session of the day it was the Level 5 and 6 Trios who took to the floor to impress the judges with their skills and teamwork.
In the Level 5 competition it was the combination of Jessica Lee, Stella Phipson and Grace Turner from Sydney’s SXL Gymnastics who took the majority of the spoils, taking out the Gold Medal in both the Overall and Dynamic categories, as well as the Silver Medal in their remaining routine; Balance. Jasmine Flanagan, Brooke Flanagan and Regan Rayner – also from Sydney-based Club, Acrogym – took out the remaining Gold Medal on offer with their Balance routine, as well as the Overall Silver Medal, just 0.6 behind the SXL Trio.
On the Level 6 side of the ledger it was a near-identical result, with Tegan Green, Kyanna Dunn and Penelope Shipstone from Queendland-based Club Active Arts Australia taking out the Overall Title as well as the Gold Medal with their Dynamic routine. The also placed second with their Balance routine. SXL’s Zahra Kumarasinhe, Kate Mander and Ruby Harding took out the Balance Gold, as well as the Silver Overall Medal.
The final Acro session of the day saw the Level 8 to 10 plus the International-level groups take to the floor to perform both their Balance and Dynamic routines. Whilst presentations won’t be made to most of these levels until their compete their Combined routines tomorrow, the Junior 11-16 Champion groups were crowned.
Jovana Borovicanin and Heather Aldridge of Sydney Gymnastics Centre took out the 11-16 Women’s Pair Overall Title, whilst their teammates Daniele Lawther and Siobhan Turner won the 11-16 Mixed Pair Title. The trio of Penelope Collins, Jessica Peraic and Milki Tse from Melbourne’s Skylark Sports were crowned Women’s Group Overall Champions in the Junior 11-16 age group.
Competition continues tomorrow in the 2018 National Clubs Carnival in both the WAG Australian Classic and Acrobatic competitions.
Friday 14 September
NCC2018: Day 1 Wrap
After much preparation and anticipation, the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival got underway at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre in Carrara today; an event that is billed to be the biggest EVER gymnastics event hosted in Australia.
Featuring over 4,000 athletes competing in seven different Gymsports and representing 236 Clubs from across Australia, the event is expected to bring in excess of 8,000 people to the Gold Coast during September and October.
In a set up that made the venue look vastly different from when it hosted the Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), it was the Acrobatic Gymnastics (ACR) athletes who commenced proceedings on Day 1 of competition, with the first session of competition featuring the Level 4 Women’s Pairs.
It was a successful first session for the team from Sydney Hills Gymnastics Club, with the pairing of Isabella Johansen and Macie Parkinson combining to take out not only the Overall Title, but also the Gold Medal for their Balance routine. Their teammates Hailey Targarona and Charli Aplin took out the remaining Gold Medal on offer in the morning session, this one for their Dynamic routine.
In the afternoon ACR session the Level 4s continued their competition, this time with the Women’s Trio competition. It was another dominant competition for the team from Sydney Hills Gymnastics Club, with the group of Celine Hernandez, Demi Varcoe and Addison Reid combining to win not only the Overall Title, but also the Gold Medal in their Balance routine. Millie Thomsen, Pippa Carnegie and Annabelle Dietrich from Sydney’s SXL Gymnastics took the remaining Gold Medal, victorious with their Dynamic routine. The Sydney Hills’ Trio were right behind them in second.
Over on the other side of the venue competition was getting underway in the 2018 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Australian Classic, which this year is being held in conjunction with the National Clubs Carnival. First up the Level 9 Under 13s were in action, having just one day of competition to impress the judges with their skills and routines.
Being looked over by the watchful eye of Australia’s WAG National Coach, Mihai Brestyan, it was Imogen Hammer from Melbourne’s Waverley Gymnastics Centre who reigned supreme, taking out the Level 9 Under 13 All-Around Title with a total score of 51.150. Imogen also took out three medals in the individual apparatus events; with a Gold on Uneven Bars (13.250), a tie for Gold on Beam with Sydney West Gymsports’ Sam Stephenson (13.300), and a three-way tie for Silver on Floor with Wairia Ellis and Annabelle Burrows (both of Sydney Academy of Gymnastics – 12.500).
In the final session of the day the WAG Future Internationals commenced their Australian Classic campaign, with Day 1 of competition. No presentations will be made until they complete their second day of competition this coming Sunday, however Olena Edmeades (National Centre of Excellence-Perth / Vital Gymnastics) currently leads the Day 1 All-Around standings with a score of 32.400.
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Competition continues tomorrow at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre, with Day 2 of competition in both the Acrobatics competition and the WAG Australian Classic. The first session of the day will commence at 9am.
28 August 2018
Gold Coast to host Australia’s biggest ever gymnastics event
The Commonwealth Games may be over but the gymnastics action is only just beginning on the Gold Coast, with Australia’s biggest ever gymnastics event set to be staged at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre next month.
Gymnastics Australia’s premier participation event, the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, will bring over 5,000 competitors, officials, and support staff – not to mention spectators – from across Australia to the Gold Coast in September and October, for a 17-day festival of gymnastics, running from September 13 to October 7.
With the support of Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival will be held at Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre – which played host to the Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling competitions at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) – from 2018 through until 2020.
Gymnastics Australia’s CEO, Kitty Chiller, said it was fantastic to see the legacy of the 2018 Commonwealth Games continuing on the Gold Coast.
“This year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast were very successful for our sport,” Ms Chiller reiterated. “Not only did we come away with nine medals – including two Gold – across all three Gymsports contested at the Games, but the gymnastics competition was one of the first events of the Games to completely sell out.
“This tells us that the Gold Coast loves gymnastics, so we are excited that we are able to give both participants and spectators the opportunity to use these fantastic facilities as a legacy of the Games.
“This will be the fourth running of the National Clubs Carnival as a multi-Gymsport event,” Ms Chiller continued, “and it will not only be the biggest National Clubs Carnival we have held to date, but in fact the biggest event Gymnastics Australia has ever held, with 3,895 athletes and over 1,000 officials from 236 Clubs across Australia registered to take part.”
Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said to host Australia’s biggest gymnastics event was a coup for Queensland.
“This event will inject almost $6 million into the local economy this year alone and will drive visitors to the Gold Coast,” Ms Jones said.
“The Gold Coast has cemented its reputation as a world-class events host following the Commonwealth Games – the largest event in Queensland’s history.
“We’ve only been able to secure this great event as a result of our investment in infrastructure ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
“More than 3,800 gymnasts will compete at the world-class Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara and I look forward to welcoming competitors, spectators, coaches and volunteers to Queensland.”
Gold Coast Deputy Mayor, Donna Gates, reiterated Ms Chiller’s and Ms Jones’ comments, saying that the legacy of GC2018 is that the Gold Coast is now a major events hub.
“Post-Commonwealth Games legacy is about ensuring we continue to activate our venues, with major sporting and cultural events,’’ said Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates.
“We are seeing the Gold Coast continue to evolve as a major events city not only nationally, but across the southern hemisphere.
“I welcome Gymnastics Australia, competitors, their families and officials to our city and trust you take time to enjoy everything we have to offer.’’
The National Clubs Carnival features the Olympic disciplines of Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics, as well as competitive Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics, plus the non-competitive discipline of Gymnastics for All.
Highlights of the competition include GC2018 Gold Medallist on Floor, Alexandra Eade, competing in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Australian Classic event, whilst GC2018 Gold Medallist on Vault, Chris Remkes, will also be taking to the Floor in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championship team trial, which will be held in conjunction with the National Clubs Carnival competition.
Visit nationalclubscarnival.com.au for more information on the event.
The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, which features on the ‘It’s Live! in Queensland’ events calendar. Your perfect next event is in Queensland where live events combine with the most incredible destinations, and life is beautiful one day, perfect the next.
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18 December 2017
Australia’s biggest gymnastics event finds new home on the Gold Coast
The sporting action won’t cease on the Gold Coast once the Commonwealth Games wrap up in April, with the announcement that Gymnastics Australia’s premier participation event will move to the Gold Coast from 2018.
Gymnastics Australia (GA) is the national governing body of gymnastics, and oversees Australia’s competitive representation at elite sporting events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, as well as promoting fundamental movement and physical literacy philosophies through community and school participation-based programs.
With the support of the City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland, GA is excited to today announce that the multi-Gymsport National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival will be held on the Gold Coast from 2018 for a three-year period.
In 2018 the event is scheduled to be a 17-day festival of gymnastics, running from September 14 to October 7, and will attract almost 5000 competitors, officials, and support staff – not to mention spectators – from across Australia.
From 2018 to 2020 the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival will be held at Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, which will play host to Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
Gymnastics Australia’s CEO, Kitty Chiller, said the event will be an explosive fusion of fun, entertainment and athleticism, featuring incredible displays of gymnastics from the seven different Gymsports.
“The event will showcase the Commonwealth Games disciplines of Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, as well as competitive Trampoline, Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics, plus the non-competitive discipline of Gymnastics for All.
“Gymnastics is a truly global sport with 140 countries affiliated to the international governing body. In Australia, Gymnastics Australia recorded more than 220,000 registered members in 2017 alone, and has enjoyed continuous growth throughout the last 17 years,” Chiller added.
“We are very excited to work with the City of Gold Coast to continue to grow our national festival of gymnastics, and we also thank Tourism and Events Queensland for their commitment to supporting the development of gymnastics in the state.”
City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said he was excited that a major gymnastics event would remain on the Gold Coast following the Commonwealth Games.
“The true success of the Games will be measured by the legacy outcomes we achieve in the years after GC2018,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.
“This announcement is significant for two reasons; it underscores the confidence Gymnastics Australia has in our city and its venues, and it provides an enormous platform for aspiring national gymnasts to learn and compete, right here on the Gold Coast.’’
Commonwealth Games and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the event will attract thousands of competitors and visitors to the Gold Coast and drive tourism for the region.
“After seeing athletes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, gymnastics will again take centre stage for this event and gymnasts from across the country will showcase their talent” she said.
“The Gold Coast is the perfect backdrop for this event, which markets the region not only as a place to enjoy incredible beaches and scenery, but a place to study, work, do business and live.
“I wish all the competitors good luck and look forward to welcoming them to Queensland. I encourage visitors and competitors to explore the Gold Coast and Queensland during their visit.”