At her second Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Georgia Godwin (Gymnastics) joined Zeena McLaughlin (1998), Allana Slater (2002), and Lauren Mitchell (2010) as the only Australian female artistic gymnasts to win five medals at one Games. Georgia now owns eight medals, joining Allana Slater as Australia’s most decorated Commonwealth Games female gymnast after claiming silver in the All-Around and bronze in both the Uneven Bars and Team event in front of family and friends in her hometown of the Gold Coast in 2018. The daughter of a Japanese mother and Australian father, Georgia started in gymnastics when she was three when her parents enrolled her in the local PCYC program. She claimed national junior All-Around titles in 2011 and 2012, before making her senior debut in 2013, claiming the Floor title and two other podium finishes. More Australian success followed before she was selected for the 2015 World Championships. Georgia had high hopes for the Rio Olympics but was thwarted by injury and thought about giving the sport away. A year later, she finished 13th at the 2017 World Championships and then claimed a silver at the World Cup event in Melbourne. Success at the 2018 Commonwealth Games followed and she earned a 2020 Olympic quota spot at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart after making the All-Around final. She swept the gold medals at the 2021 Australian Championships before realising her Olympic dream in Tokyo, finishing 37th out of 80 in the All-Around qualification.
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Delta Gymnastics, Brisbane, Kedron
Why did you begin your sport?
Mum and dad bought me a trampoline when i was 3 and i was always jump on it so they enrolled me in a gymmnastics class at a local PCYC and it went from there.
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
Play loud music and have a coffee
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Coming 13th at the 2017 World Championships
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
I look up to anyone who can overcome an obstacle, such as an injury and come out as a stronger person/athlete
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
my parents and coaches, past and present, without them i wouldn't be who and where i am now
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
reading, hanging out with friends and shopping
What is your sporting ambition?
to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games and do well.