The reinvigorated gymnastics team leaps and heads for Birmingham


An exciting team of Australia’s top gymnasts are ready to take on the challenge of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the squad includes four returning Games alumni and nine rookies who are going to be daring in gold.

Nine Australian gymnasts will make their Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games debut as the reinvigorated squad look to regain dominance in the floor, vault, balance beam and bars disciplines.

The nine rookies will be joined by four Commonwealth Games alumni, rounding out the 13-man squad.

Among those returning is the Gold Coast 2018 individual all-around silver medalist Georgia Godwin24 years old and bronze medalist in the vault Emilie Whitehead22 years old. The duo were also part of the bronze medal-winning all-around team at the Gold Coast Games.

Beginners Romi Brown19 years old, kate mcdonald21, and Breanna Scott20, completes the Australian women’s artistic gymnastics team.

For Victoria-based Emily Whitehead, being part of the team is a significant achievement after suffering a series of devastating injuries following the 2018 Games. She said it makes her selection all the more special.

“One thing I’ve learned since COVID is to stop and appreciate each moment a little more,” she said.

“It’s an honor to wear the green and gold and I will again enjoy every moment to represent my country.”

Gold Coast Bronze Medalist Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva20 will make his second appearance at the Commonwealth Games in rhythmic gymnastics alongside Ashari Gill19 years old, and the youngest member of the team, Lidiia Yakovleva18. The trio will be looking to win Australia’s first gold medal in the rhythm team competition since the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The only member of the Commonwealth Games team returning to the men’s artistic team is Queenslander Mitchell Morgans29 years. He will compete alongside newcomers to the Games Taurus Tyson29, Christopher (James) Bacueti27, Clay Mason Stephens25 and jesse moore19.

Bull made Australian gymnastics history at the Tokyo Olympics when the Victorian became the first Australian to compete in an Olympic men’s artistic gymnastics final when he finished fifth in the horizontal bar discipline.

First-time member of the Commonwealth Games team and the youngest of the male artistic gymnasts, South Australia’s Jesse Moore is thrilled to be heading to Birmingham, and the teenager is looking forward to donning the green and the gold.

“It’s always special to represent Australia and such a privilege to compete for this amazing country,” Moore said.

For Clay Mason Stephens, a member of the South Australian team and a beginner, this experience is an opportunity not only for himself but also for his family, whom he considers his main supporter since he started gymnastics at the five years old.

“When I put on the green and gold, I feel overwhelming pride and responsibility,” said Mason Stephens.

“Every time I raise my hand in competition, I’m playing for my family, my friends, my coaches, my teammates as well as myself… which means the world to me.”

Australian team leader Petria Thomas OAM welcomes the latest additions to the growing number of team members heading to Birmingham in less than 40 days.

“Congratulations to the gymnasts announced to represent Australia in Birmingham,” said Thomas.

“We saw some great performances from the gymnastics team at the Gold Coast Games and I’m sure we’ll see the same with the Birmingham team.

“The addition of these 13 team members brings the current total to 315 of the estimated 425 athletes who will represent Australia at the Birmingham Games from next month. I look forward to seeing our gymnasts and the rest of the team. Australian team in action!

CEO of Gymnastics Australia Alexandra Cendre congratulated each of the gymnasts nominated to compete in Birmingham.

“On behalf of the entire gymnastics community in Australia, we recognize and congratulate our athletes named today,” said Ash.

“Representing your country at the Commonwealth Games is an extraordinary achievement that few people have the opportunity to experience in their lifetime. I wish all of our gymnasts the best as they strive to achieve their personal goals during their time in Birmingham.

Australian Gymnastics Team – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:

Romi Brown female artistic 19 Beginning CIV
Georgia Godwin female artistic 24 2nd Games (2018 – Silver: Individual all-around, Bronze: Team competition, Individual uneven bars) QLD
kate mcdonald female artistic 21 Beginning CIV
Breanna Scott female artistic 20 Beginning New South Wales
Emilie Whitehead female artistic 21 2nd Games (2018 – Bronze: Team competition, Individual jump) CIV
james bacueti male artistic 27 Beginning LAW
Taurus Tyson male artistic 29 Beginning CIV
Clay Mason Stephens male artistic 25 Beginning HER
jesse moore male artistic 19 Beginning HER
Mitchell Morgans male artistic 29 2nd Games (2018 – 5th: Team competition) QLD
Ashari Gill Rhythmic Gymnastics 19 Beginning CIV
Lidiia Yavkovleva Rhythmic Gymnastics 18 Beginning QLD
Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva Rhythmic Gymnastics 20 2nd Games (2018 – Bronze: team all-around, individual ball) CIV

Synonymous with strength, grace and style, artistic gymnastics includes some of the most anticipated events on the program of any multi-sport competition, with athletes leaping, twirling and flying through a range of iconic apparatus, earning points from a panel of judges and amazed. spectators.

Artistic gymnastics made its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in 1978. It only reappeared 12 years later in Auckland and has been featured at every Games since.

England will be looking to retain their top spot in the standings for the third consecutive Games.

In this combination of gymnastics and ballet, rhythmic gymnastics competitors perform graceful routines choreographed to music while working with different types of hand-held devices.

The harmony between the gymnast, the apparatus and the music are the elements of a high score.

During exercise, the device should be used with both hands and be in constant motion.

Canada has dominated rhythmic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games, winning more than half of the gold medals since the sport made its debut in Auckland in 1990.

Summary of Commonwealth Games gymnastics medals (all disciplines) by nation:

Canada 57 47 38 142
Australia 47 43 49 139
England 34 35 29 98
Cyprus ten 2 seven 19
Malaysia 3 ten 12 25

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August. The Artistic Gymnastics events take place from Friday July 29th to Tuesday August 2nd. The Rhythmic Gymnastics events take place from Thursday August 4th to Saturday August 6th. The gymnastics competitions will take place at Arena Birmingham.


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