2016 Elite Gym Massilia Preview

The Elite Gym Massilia competition always attracts top gymnasts from around the world. And this year is no different.

The competition will take place in the Palais des Sports de Marseille from November 11 through November 13 2016.

Information regarding tickets and other useful information can be found here: http://www.elite-gym-massilia.com/Presse/documents/CP%201%20-%20Massilia%202016.pdf

Timetable of events can be found here: http://www.elite-gym-massilia.com/Presse/documents/CP%201%20-%20Massilia%202016.pdf

From young, emerging talent to seasoned veterans this competition always has a lot to offer. It is where we got to see the darling Naliya Mustafina, sister of 2012 and 2016 Olympic Champion, Aliya Mustafina shine prior to being taken out of international elite gymnastics due to injury.

This years headline acts, if you will are Russian Olympians, Seda Tutkhalian, 2016 Olympic silver medalist and Daria Spiridonova, fellow 2016 Olympic silver medalist and one of the four 2015 World Uneven Bars Champions.


Seda Tutkhalian

In addition to these Russian Olympians, Russia is also sending two of its best young juniors. 2016 Junior European AA Champion and balance beam bronze medalist, Elena Eremina and 2016 Junior European BB and UB Champion, Anastasia Iliankova will also fly the Russian flag in France. Both of these girls, in addition to their individual success at the European Championships earlier this year in Bern, Switzerland helped Russia take the the Junior European team title. Both girls are certainly ones to watch for with both girls entering the senior ranks next year.

Great Britain is also sending some of its top junior gymnasts. Taeja James, Lucy Stanhope and Alice Kinsella, all of whom were members of the silver medal winning team at the Junior European Championships in Bern, Switzerland and will fly the flag once again for Great Britain in Marseille. They will be joined by first year senior, Georgia Mae Fenton, who despite missing out on a spot on the British Olympic team this year has a lot to offer and will be one to watch in this new quadrennium. She has got a wild uneven bars routine that, once she hits has a huge maximum start value that could easily get her into uneven bars finals at World and European Championships.


Georgia-Mae Fenton

Both France and Australia will also send their top junior gymnasts. Ones to watch from these teams are Lorette Charpy of France and Talia Folino, the 2016 Australian Junior National Champion.

These are the four teams competing the the ‘Masters’ portion of the competition. There will also be an ‘Open’ portion of the competition, open to elite gymnasts, not representing their country but representing their club but also including gymnasts sent from their countries federation.

In this portion of the competition there are some well known names. The most notable of the list is 2016 Junior Secret U.S. Classic AA Champion, Irina Alexeeva of WOGA. This Russian/ American gymnast has been on the radar of gymnastics fans for quite some time now having moved to the U.S. from Russia, following her the coach that trained her in Russia who had moved to the U.S. to coach at WOGA. Alexeeva has gone through the American system, competing on the J.O. circuit, however intended to compete internationally for Russia. However Russian matriarch, Valentina Rodionenko said that it would be impossible for Alexeeva to train away from Round Lake and be a member of the Russian National Team. A funny situation then emerged whereby Alexeeva participated at the 2016 Secret Classic, winning the AA but not being allowed to compete at the 2016 P&G Championships as she does not have U.S. citizenship and thus not being able to qualify for the National Team and represent the U.S. It is a funny situation and certainly the first time I have ever seen something like this happen. However with Valeri Liukin now at the helm of the USAG women’s programme, owner of WOGA and former Soviet gymnast i’m sure something will be sorted for Irina. Because it is definitely a pity that this stunning gymnast is unable now to compete for any country.


Irina Alexeeva (Photo credit: John Cheng for USA Gymnastics)

So, with that Irina will compete at Elite Gym Massilia, but not representing the U.S. or Russia but instead representing WOGA. Irina has compete at Elite Gym Massilia before and I sense that given Irina’s recent competition results, Russian staff could come around to Alexeeva competing for them, it is interesting that Russia always love this competition and always send some of their top juniors and seniors to Marseille to compete.

Other top juniors being sent include some of Canada’s top juniors, one being Victoria Jurca who will represent her gym, GYM-FLY. Victoria finished 6th AA in the junior division at the 2016 Canadian Championships. In addition to Victoria, Brooklyn Moors, sister of 2012 Olympian, Victoria Moors will also compete representing her gym, Dynamo. Brooklyn finished in 3rd place AA in the junior division at this years Canadian Championships. These two are among a plethora of Canadian gymnasts on the list to compete in Marseille.

Notable names being sent with their clubs from Australia are senior gymnast, Yasmin Collier, representing one of the biggest clubs in Australia, WAIS. Collier has represented Australia internationally. Along with Collier, a name to note is Jade Vella-Wright, who finished 2nd AA at this years Australian National Championships and will represent her club, Waverley.

Israel’s top two elite gymnasts will also compete, Tzuf Feldon and Ofir Kremer along with, as expected a large number of French gymnasts representing their clubs and the French federation in addition to those representing France in the Masters portion of the competition.

The full list of competitors is as follows:



  1. Naomi Lee
  2. Georgia Godwin
  3. Erin Modaro
  4. Talia Folino

Great Britain:

  1. Alice Kinsella
  2. Taeja James
  3. Lucy Stanhope
  4. Georgia-Mae Fenton


  1. Elena Eremina
  2. Anastasia Iliankova
  3. Daria Spiridonova
  4. Seda Tutkhalian


  1. Lorette Charpy
  2. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos
  3. Coline Devillard
  4. Morgan Ossysek



Club Waverley Gymnastics:

  1. Rachel Laval
  2. Kate McDonald
  3. Jade Vella-Wright
  4. Romi Brown
  5. Mia Banks
  6. Caitlyn Montgomery
  7. Rebekah Chen

Delta Gymnastics:

  1. Emi Watterson

Sydney West Gymsports:

  1. Cassidy Ercole

NCE Melbourne:

  1. Elly Bayes
  2. Eadie Rawson

Western Australian Institute of Sport:

  1. Yasmin Collier
  2. Darcy Norman
  3. Sophie Prince
  4. Sydney Stephens
  5. Aya Meggs
  6. Lily Gresele
  7. Niamh Collins


Gmunden-Hernals- Ternitz: 

  1. Linda Hamersak
  2. Xenia Samstag
  3. Kersi Wolfisberg
  4. Pirjo Wolfisberg


Belgian Federation:

  1. Margaux Daveloose
  2. Julie Vandamme
  3. Manon Muller

Federation Francophone de Gymnastique:

  1. Cato Fleurackers
  2. Chloe Storey
  3. Sophia Kola
  4. Luna Cassart

De Gympies:

  1. Lisa Vaelen
  2. Fien Vandeberg
  3. Margo Van Linden



  1. Victoria Jurca
  2. Audrey Foucault
  3. Mia Saint-Pierre
  4. Laurie-Lou Vezina


  1. Madison Hughes
  2. Brooklyn Moors
  3. Megan DiPietro
  4. Emma Spence
  5. Jessica Dowling

Tumblers Gymnastics Centre:

  1. Juliette Chapman
  2. Rosales Avery

Futures Gymnastics:

  1. Skylar Ellis
  2. Hope Moxam
  3. Carly Au
  4. Vanessa Bryk



  1. Jana Mouffok
  2. Melissa Poitreau
  3. Assia Khnifass
  4. Alison Lepin
  5. Aline Friess
  6. Julia Forestier
  7. Celia Serber
  8. Iness Ben Rhouma
  9. Clara Gandrey
  10. Alison Lapp
  11. Leanne Bourgeois
  12. Lea Marques

ASCM Toulon:

  1. Alisson Truchard
  2. Louna Dozon
  3. Anna Garde
  4. Alisee Aicardi

Avenir Montalbanais:

  1. Emeline Vancon

Dunkerque Gym:

  1. Romane Fontaine
  2. Alice Lesaffre
  3. Emma Lenoir
  4. Myrian Eil Koucho

Etoile Gymnique de Colomiers:

  1. Clemence Behier
  2. Maelle Buret
  3. Alexandra Lens
  4. Mey-Line Anton

La Saint Loise Gymnastique:

  1. Loicia Porte
  2. Adelaide Challes
  3. Agathe Deshayes
  4. Clementine Toulorge

Gym Flip Beaucaire:

  1. Carlotta Rodrigues
  2. Violetta Sanchez Alonzo
  3. Alba Marta Gilcedopetisco
  4. Alba Ascencio

Union Hagueanu:

  1. Axelle Wolf
  2. Tess Cuntz
  3. Eva Breney
  4. Matilde Bithore



  1. Tzuf Feldon
  2. Ofir Kremer


Elite Gymnastics Mexico:

  1. Daniela Doddoli Lankenau
  2. Barbara Doddoli Lankenau
  3. Paulina Guerra Valdes
  4. Gabriella Lazo Villareal
  5. Ana Paula Chavez Lozano
  6. Eugenia Barbosa Cantu

Czech Republic:

TJ Bohemians Praha:

  1. Adela Merkova
  2. Vendula Merkova
  3. Kristyna Brabcova



  1. Irina Alexeeva

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