The 2017 Melbourne World Challenge Cup will take place in the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia from February 22nd through February 25th 2017.

The event will serve as a leg on the 2017 FIG Individual Event World Cup series. The event will run as part of the World Challenge Cup series throughout the Olympic cycle 2017-2020. In 2017 and 2018, the event will act as a leg on the World Cup series, however in 2019 and 2020 it will act as qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo where gymnasts will be able to qualify as event specialists, this qualification happening at these Individual Event World Challenge Cup meets which will be hosted across the world in places including Germany and Australia. This series is separate to the World Cup All-Around series consisting of the American Cup, the Stuttgart World Cup and the Glasgow World Cup.

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Emily Little of Australia in action at London 2012

The event has bee publicised heaving by Gymnastics Australia and much excitement surrounds the event. Not only is this the first competition of this years Challenge Cup series but it will see 2016 Olympic Balance Beam Champion, Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands return to competition. It will also see 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Wang Yan of China compete along with a plethora of talented Australian gymnasts including 2016 Australian National AA Champion, Rianna Mizzen and 2012 Olympian Emily Little. Gymnasts will not necessarily compete on every event, with Sanne competing solely on her signature event, the Balance Beam.

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Wang Yan of China

In addition, Olympic Champion and gymnastics superstar, Aly Raisman was named earlier this year as an official event ambassador and will attend the meet.

Along with a WAG portion there will also be a MAG portion of the competition with that roster including names such as 2012 Olympic Pommel Horse Champion, Krisztian Berki of Hungary.

A promo of the event by Gymnastics Australia can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ACEL6n9LyQ

More information on the event can be found on the official event website: http://gymnasticsworldcup.com.au/

***LIVESTREAM WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE***

To get live updates follow the official Twitter account for the event: https://twitter.com/gymworldcup

Some tickets are still available here: http://gymnasticsworldcup.com.au/tickets

Schedule is as follows: 

WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY
5PM – QUALIFYING
Men’s Floor, Pommel Horse & Rings.
Women’s Vault & Uneven Bars.

FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY
6PM – FINALS
Men’s Floor, Pommel Horse & Rings.
Women’s Vault & Uneven Bars.

 

THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY
5PM – QUALIFYING
Men’s Vault, Parallel Bars & Horizontal Bar.
Women’s Balance Beam & Floor.

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY
6PM – FINALS
Men’s Vault, Parallel Bars & Horizontal Bar.
Women’s Balance Beam & Floor.

 

WAG roster is as follows:

  1. Nim Yan Choi (HKG) (VT)
  2. Tsz Sum Elizabeth Chan (HKG) (VT)
  3. Emily Little (AUS) (VT, BB, FX)
  4. Naomi Lee (AUS) (VT)
  5. Georgia-Rose Brown (AUS) (UB)
  6. Rianna Mizzen (AUS) (UB)
  7. Emma Nedov (AUS) (BB)
  8. Georgia Godwin (AUS) (FX)
  9. Wang Yan (CHN) (VT, FX)
  10. Luo Huan (CHN) (UB, BB)
  11. Liu Tingting (CHN) (UB, BB)
  12. Isabella Brett (NZL) (VT, BB, FX)
  13. Caitlin Todd (NZL) (VT)
  14. Estella Matthewson (NZL) (BB, FX)
  15. Ang Tracie (MAS) (VT, UB, BB, FX)
  16. Yueh Tan Ing (MAS) (VT, UB, BB, FX)
  17. Sanne Wevers (NED) (BB)
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