The 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships will take place over the next 2 weeks in the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The amazing spectacle will see 1400 gymnasts compete in varying disciplines of the sport. These disciplines are Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics.
On the Women’s Artistic side, competition will take place in the first week, May 23rd-29th 2016. Women from levels 7,8,9 & 10 will compete along with the Junior and Senior elite gymnasts. This competition will be especially important for the senior elite women who will be battling it out for just one place in Rio 2016 after Australia failed to qualify a full team to the Games at the Olympic Test Event in April.
Front runners include 2012 Olympian, Emily Little who grabbed a bronze medal on vault at the Test Event in Rio and fellow 2012 Olympian, Larrissa Miller who grabbed a silver medal on floor exercise at the Test Event and also took home a silver medal on the uneven bars at the Pacific Rim Championships also in April. Miller is absolutely exquisite on both of these events, showing beautiful extension, toe point and execution throughout her routines.
Australia’s first world champion and two-time Olympian, Lauren Mitchell will also return to competition at these Championships with the hope of earning a third Olympic berth. The 24 year old, who is also a four time Commonwealth Games champion and has 3 World Championships medals to her name is returning after rupturing her ACL last June and will only compete on the balance beam and floor exercise, the two events she earned her World Championships medals on in 2009 and 2010.
All will be hoping to impress head coach of the women’s programme, Peggy Liddick who will ultimately make the final decision as to who will earn that prestigious Olympic berth and Liddick hasnt yet decided whether it will be an all-around gymnast or an event specialist that will represent Australia in Rio this August.
Australian Gymnastics have provided excellent coverage of the event that has become a massive spectacle as Australian Gymnastics continues to grow. A live stream and live scoring have been made available. More information is available on the Australian Gymnastics website.
Schedule available here: http://ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/schedule/
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Tickets available here: http://ausgymnasticschamps.com.au/tickets/