2022 Australian Gymnastics Championships – Senior MAG & WAG Day 1 Recap

Friday night saw the best Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnasts converge on the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre for Night 1 of the Senior International Championships across a series of rotations – six for the male athletes and four for the women. 

The Men’s competition saw a number of athletes produce scintillating performances. On the Floor, South Australia’s Clay Stephens top scored with 14.450, followed by New South Wales’ Heath Thorpe and Victoria’s Sandy Hardiman. South Australia’s Jesse Moore top scored on the Rings with 13.533, narrowly ahead of Queensland’s David Tanner on 13.333. Moore also tied for top score on the High Bar with 13.700, alongside Victoria’s Tyson Bull, with Queenslander Mitchell Morgans just behind. Morgans did top score on the Parallel Bars with 14.533, ahead of Tanner in second place with 13.566. The ACT’s James Bacueti, who only competed in three rotations, was the top scorer on the Vault with 14.933, ahead of Conor McGillivray from Victoria, in his return competition from a major neck injury.  Jose Caballero from New South Wales, who also only took to the floor three times throughout the night, top scored on the Pommelhorse with 13.800. 

Overall, Jesse Moore was the top scorer of the night with a combined 79.566, ahead of statesman Clay Stephens on 78.998. David Tanner closed out the top three with 46.415. The New South Wales team of Alan Osman, Benjamin Foster, Heath Thorpe, Jack Hall, Jose Caballero and Joseph D’Souza-Bullm were the team champions, ahead of Queensland and Victoria. 

In the Women’s competition, there was a tight battle between Victoria’s Emily Whitehead and Queensland’s Georgia Godwin, with the two combining for three top scores. Whitehead top scored on the Vault (13.866) and the Floor (13.133), whilst Godwin topped the Beam (12.900). Chloe Salaris from Victoria executed a great Beam performance, coming in second with a score of 12.566. On the uneven bars, Victorian duo Romi Brown and Kate McDonald top scored with 13.633 and 12.773 respectively. 

Ultimately, Georgia Godwin emerged victorious on the night with a score of 51.899, ahead of Emily Whitehead on51.432. Romi Brown rounded out the podium with 51.398. The Victorian team of Chloe Salaris, Emily Whitehead, Emma Ross, Kate McDonald, Macy Pegoli and Romi Brown were the team champions, ahead of Queensland and New South Wales. 

Women’s  Senior Artistic Gymnastics will return on Sunday 22nd with the Continental Championships, with the Men’s to follow on Wednesday 25.