2022 National Gymnastics Championships Wrap-Up.
The Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre was home to over 1300 gymnasts from across Australia as they looked to take out the title of 2022 Australian Gymnastics Champion.
With six gymsports on display throughout the two-week event, the Championships started with Rhythmic, Acrobatic, Aerobic and Trampoline gymnastics over the first week.
Staring in Rhythmic Gymnastics was Victorian Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva, finishing with four gold medals in the Senior International division – Hoop, Ribbon and All-Around Champion. She was also a member of the gold medal winning Senior International team from Victoria. In the Junior International division, Emmanouela Frroku from New South Wales took home three gold medals in Ball and Ribbon as well as gold for her state. New South Wales’ Anna Barsukova dominated the Sub-Junior division, finishing with five gold medals and one silver.
The Championships provided a valuable opportunity for our Aerobic gymnasts to fine-tune their craft, before the upcoming FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions (WAGC) and World Championships, to be held in Guimaraes, Portugal in June. Victoria’s Ruby Conti showed why she was selected to represent her country at the WAGC, taking home gold ahead of New South Wales pair Leila Ghazi and Maia Dragicevic.
New South Wales dominated in the Tumbling competition, with Ethan McGuinness and Breanah Cauchi securing the title of Senior Male and Female Australian Champions, as well as securing victory in the Men’s and Women’s International Team event. This success filtered down to the Junior Under 22 division, with fellow state team members Alysse Duffy and Thomas Aivazian also taking home gold.
South Australia were strong performers in Women’s Trampoline, scoring gold medals in the Senior International, International Team, Synchronised Senior International, Youth under 15 and National Level 6. In the Men’s event, Tasmania had their strongest showing of the Championships, with gold medals in International Team, Individual and Junior Under 22 Double Mini Trampoline, Junior Under 22 and National Level 7 Trampoline and Senior International Synchronised Trampoline.
A notable performance within the Trampoline competition was Adrian Wareham, who competed for Victoria in Senior Male International Trampoline at the age of 50, finishing qualifying in 9th place, just missing out on a spot in the finals.
Yet again, New South Wales dominated in Acrobatic gymnastics, with a commanding victory to claim the Interstate Championship Shield. The trio of Ella Clark, Bella Crittenden and Kyla Santos claimed gold for All-Around Junior 13-19, while the duo of Sophie Heap and Marko Janda demonstrated their skills in the Junior 12-18 Mixed Pair division. Victorians Lara Lamont and Daniel Zenkis claimed gold in Level 9 Mixed Pair.
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics was headlined by WAG All-Around Champion and Tokyo Olympian Georgia Godwin, who claimed the title again for the sixth time. This was joined by gold medals in Vault and Beam, along with silvers in Team All-Around and on Floor and a bronze on Uneven Bars. Queensland’s Ruby Pass took out the Junior International gold medal with a commanding performance, winning gold on Vault, Beam and Floor. She also received a silver medal on Uneven Bars, with Victoria’s Miella Brown securing gold.
South Australia dominated Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, claiming both gold and silver medals in All-Around through Jesse Moore and Clay Stephens. In a sign of the strength and depth of the program, six different gymnasts won gold medals across each apparatus in the Senior International division. Queenslanders Vedant Sawant, Michael Tone and Mitchell Morgans were victorious on Pommel Horse, Rings and Parallel Bars respectively, while Victoria also secured two medals through Marcus Casamento and Tyson Bull on Floor and High Bar. The ACT’s James Bacueti took home gold on Vault. Victoria Conor McGillivry was one of the feel-good stories of the fortnight, as he made a successful return to gymnastics following a serious neck injury to finish in 13th place in All-Around.
The Championships would not have been able to occur without the help and assistance from our principle partners Tourism and Events Queensland and Major Events Gold Coast.