An exciting squad of Australia’s best gymnasts are ready for the challenge at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the squad features four returning Games alumni and nine debutants who are going to be bold in gold.
Nine Australian gymnasts will be on debut at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as the reinvigorated team looks to recapture its dominance in the floor, vault, beam and bars disciplines.
The nine rookies will be joined by four Commonwealth Games alumni, rounding out the 13-strong squad.
Among those returning are Gold Coast 2018 individual all-around silver medallist Georgia Godwin, 24, and vault bronze medallist Emily Whitehead, 22. The pair were also part of the bronze medal-winning all-around team at the Gold Coast Games.
Debutantes Romi Brown, 19, Kate McDonald, 21, and Breanna Scott, 20, complete the Australian women’s artistic gymnastics team.
For Victorian-based Emily Whitehead, making the team is a significant achievement after battling a series of devastating injuries following the 2018 Games. She said it makes her selection all the more special.
“One thing I have learnt since COVID is to stop and appreciate each moment a little more,” she said.
“It is an honour to wear the green and gold and I am going to enjoy every moment of representing my country again.”
Gold Coast bronze medallist Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, 20 will make her second Commonwealth Games appearance in Rhythmic Gymnastics alongside Ashari Gill, 19, and the youngest member of the team, Lidiia Iakovleva, 18. The trio will be looking to win Australia’s first gold medal in the Rhythmic Team competition since the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The only returning Commonwealth Games Team Member in the men’s artistic team is Queenslander Mitchell Morgans, 29. He will compete alongside Games newcomers Tyson Bull, 29, Christopher (James) Bacueti, 27, Clay Mason Stephens, 25, and Jesse Moore, 19.
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Bull made Australian gymnastics history at the Tokyo Olympics when the Victorian became the first Australian to make an Olympic men’s artistic gymnastics final when he finished fifth in the horizontal bar discipline.
First-time Commonwealth Games Team Member and the youngest of the Men’s Artistic gymnasts, Jesse Moore from South Australia is excited to be heading to Birmingham, and the teenager can’t wait to don the green and gold.
“It’s always special representing Australia and such a privilege to compete for this amazing country,” Moore said.
For fellow South Australian team member and debutant Clay Mason Stephens this experience is an opportunity for not only himself but for his family who he credits as being his number one supporter since he started gymnastics at the age of five.
“When I put on the green and gold, I feel an overwhelming amount of pride as well as responsibility.,” Mason Stephens said.
“Whenever I raise my hand at a competition I am performing for my family, my friends, my coaches, my teammates as well as for myself… all of which mean the world to me.”
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Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM welcomes the latest additions to the growing number of Team Members heading to Birmingham in less than 40 days’ time.
“Congratulations to the gymnasts announced to represent Australia in Birmingham,” Thomas said.
“We saw some great performances from the Gymnastics Team at the Gold Coast Games and I’m sure we will see the same with again from the Team in Birmingham.
“The addition of these 13 Team Members brings the current total to 315 of the estimated 425 athletes that will represent Australia at the Birmingham Games starting next month. I can’t wait to watch our gymnasts and the rest of the Australian Team in action!”
Gymnastics Australia CEO Alexandra Ash congratulated each of the gymnasts named to compete in Birmingham.
“On behalf of the entire gymnastics community in Australia, we recognise and congratulate our athletes named today,” Ash said.
“Representing your country at a Commonwealth Games is an extraordinary achievement that few people get to experience in their lifetime. I want to wish all our gymnasts the very best as they strive to achieve their personal goals during their time in Birmingham.”
Australian Gymnastics Team – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:
|Romi Brown||Women’s Artistic||19||Debut||VIC|
|Georgia Godwin||Women’s Artistic||24||2nd Games (2018 – Silver: Individual All-Around, Bronze: Team Competition, Individual Uneven Bars)||QLD|
|Kate McDonald||Women’s Artistic||21||Debut||VIC|
|Breanna Scott||Women’s Artistic||20||Debut||NSW|
|Emily Whitehead||Women’s Artistic||21||2nd Games (2018 – Bronze: Team Competition, Individual Vault)||VIC|
|James Bacueti||Men's Artistic||27||Debut||ACT|
|Tyson Bull||Men's Artistic||29||Debut||VIC|
|Clay Mason Stephens||Men's Artistic||25||Debut||SA|
|Jesse Moore||Men's Artistic||19||Debut||SA|
|Mitchell Morgans||Men's Artistic||29||2nd Games (2018 – 5th: Team Competition)||QLD|
|Ashari Gill||Rhythmic Gymnastics||19||Debut||VIC|
|Lidiia Iavkovleva||Rhythmic Gymnastics||18||Debut||QLD|
|Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva||Rhythmic Gymnastics||20||2nd Games (2018 – Bronze: Team All-Around, Individual Ball)||VIC|
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 across a range of iconic apparatus, earning points from a panel of judges and amazement from spectators.
Artistic gymnastics made its Commonwealth Games debut at Edmonton in 1978. It did not reappear until 12 years later in Auckland and has been held at every Games since.
England will be looking to retain their top-of-the-table ranking 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 apparatus.
Harmony between the gymnast, the apparatus and the music are the elements of a high score.
During the exercise, the apparatus must be used with both hands and be in constant motion.
Canada has dominated rhythmic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games, winning over half the gold medals since the sport made its debut in Auckland in 1990.
Commonwealth Games gymnastics (all disciplines) medals summary by nation:
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August. The Artistic Gymnastics events take place from Friday 29 July to Tuesday 2 August. The Rhythmic Gymnastics events take place on Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 August. The Gymnastics competitions will be held at Arena Birmingham.