A seven-person New Zealand contingent with plenty of experience will travel to Birmingham to compete in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.
Misha Koudinov was one of seven named in Thursday’s announcement from the New Zealand Olympic Committee, meaning the two-time Olympian will now be heading for a record fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games in July.
“As my fifth Commonwealth Games approach, I’m having more fun than ever with my training,” said Koudinov.
“This selection affirms my training methods and reflects a lifestyle based on well-being and athletic longevity.
“This selection also plays an important role in our future development, bringing huge experience to our team, as well as motivation for the future generation of New Zealand athletes.
“We all look forward to this Commonwealth adventure and receive the higher energy that such events bring to our growth.”
Koudinov leads a team that otherwise has a mix of youth and experience with Ethan Dick heading into his second Games, while younger brother Sam Dick is making his debut.
The trio are joined by fellow rookies William Fu Allen and Jordan O’Connell-Inns on the men’s team.
Each member offers a specialty in a certain area to boost the team’s overall potential ahead of the event, with Koudinov being an expert on the parallel bars while Ethan will be looking to improve on his sixth-place finish on floor at the 2018 Games on gold. . Coast.
Besides the experienced duo, Sam is coming off two fourth place finishes in the vault at the Youth Olympics and the Junior World Championships.
O’Connell-Inns, meanwhile, shows strength on pommel horse while Fu Allen is considered the most versatile on the team.
Havana Hopman and Paris Chin join the men in the rhythmic gymnastics section.
“My selection in the New Zealand team is an honour,” Chin said.
“When I was younger I watched other gymnasts compete at the Commonwealth Games and always hoped that one day I would get the chance.
“Now that I am heading to Birmingham, I hope to be an inspiration to all other young girls in rhythmic gymnastics to realize their hopes and dreams, because they can come true when you work hard, have the right people to help you get there. , and good luck on your end.”
Both Chin and Hopman have taken part in several World Cup events and other international tournaments this year in Europe to prepare for Birmingham and see what competition they face.
“I’m very excited and my emotions are running high. I’m honored and proud to represent my country,” added Hopman.
Thursday’s selections bring the total number of athletes currently named in New Zealand’s Birmingham 2022 squad to 39.
New Zealand gymnastics squad for Birmingham 2022
Male artistic gymnasts
Mikhail (Misha) Koudinov – Tri Star Gymnastics
Ethan Dick – Tri Star Gymnastics
Sam Dick – Tri Star Gymnastics
William Fu Allen – Tri Star Gymnastics
Jorden O’Connell-Inns – Christchurch School of Gymnastics
Havana Hopman – Manukau Counties Gymnastics
Paris Chin–Christchurch United Gymnastics