Gymnastics Australia Announces Men's Artistic Gymnastics World Championship Team
Gymnastics Australia is proud to announce the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team that has been selected to compete in the 2019 FIG Gymnastics World Artistic Championships in Stuttgart Germany.
With the 2019 World Artistic Championships starting on the 4October, the five-man team will head to the Netherlands for a ten-day training camp with the Dutch National Team and current World High Bar Champion Epke Zonderland.
Senior team members Mitchell Morgans and Tyson Bull will both be looking to improve on their World Championship performances from last year, as both athletes will be making their third appearance at the event.
For 2018 Commonwealth Games gymnast Michael Tone, along with teammates James Bacueti and Gabriel Swan-McLean, the World Championships will be their first major benchmark event.
With so many major events on the gymnastics calendar in the next 12 months, Gymnastics Australia’s National Performance Director Andrew Logan said this year’s World Championships was a critical event for the team and individuals on the world stage.
“The 2019 World Championships are significant for nations and gymnasts to earn Olympic quota positions for the team,” Logan explained.
“Our performance target is to secure two Olympic quota spots – one in individual all-around and one in individual apparatus. We believe our gymnasts are performing and tracking to achieve this target.”
No stranger to high pressure and representing his country, Mitchell Morgans is excited for what the event could bring.
“I am really grateful to be selected for my 3rd World Championships team. I love being able to put on the green and gold for Australia especially at one of the biggest competitions in gymnastics.” Morgans said.
“This years’ world champs is so important. This team is a strong group of guys that all have the potential to qualify (for Tokyo) individual positions. We are all really excited and can’t wait to do what we do best!”
Having been selected for his first World Championships, James Bacueti said the opportunity was a dream come true.
“It’s always an amazing opportunity being able to represent Australia, especially at a world championship.” Bacueti said.
“I’ve been dreaming of making a vault final and fighting for a medal since I was a kid, so for me making the team for the first time this year means having a shot at turning that dream into reality.
“It’s a big challenge, but I can’t wait to put on the green and gold next month and make the most of it.”
With more than 90 countries and close to 600 athletes competing, the 49thedition of the FIG Gymnastics World Championships promises to be a high-class event.
The Men’s team will leave for Europe on 17 September, before arriving into Stuttgart on 28 September. Competition will commence at Stuttgart’s Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle Indoor Arena with the men’s team competing on day 4 of qualifications, 7 October 2019.
Congratulations and best of luck to all the athletes and staff.
James Bacueti (NTC - ACT)
Tyson Bull (NTC-Vic)
Mitchell Morgans (NTC-Qld)
Gabriel Swan-Mclean (NSW HPC)
Michael Tone (Qld HPC)
Scott Costin (Qld – Brisbane Grammar) – Non travelling
Vladimir Vatkin (NTC Head Coach)
Sean Wilson (QLD HPC)
Du Hung Wei (NSW HPC)
John Curtin (NTC)
Head of Delegation