2022 National Championships - Week 1 Wrap-Up
The 2022 Australian Gymnastics Championships kicked off this week at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. With four of our gymsports in action; Rhythmic, Trampoline, Acrobatic and Aerobic Gymnastics; the first week saw our largest number of athletes take to the floor.
At the end of five days of competition, Team Victoria was the 2022 Senior International Team All-Around Champion, with the trio of Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Alisa Gimgina and Ashari Gill triumphing with a total score of 301.300. Queensland and new South Wales also took home Silver and Bronze respectively.
Kiroi-Bogatyreva was also the Individual All-Around National Champion, with a score of 115.500 securing her the gold medal. This score included scores over 29 in both the Hoop and Ball routines.
Queenslander Lidiia Iakovleva won the silver with a score of 109.950; her Hoop routine netting her highest score of 28.250. Victorian Ashari Gill won bronze with 98.150, top scoring with the Ribbon with 25.850.
The Senior Men’s Trampoline Champion was New South Wales’ Shaun Swadling, who became the National Champion for the first time with a score of 57.085. Queensland’s Blake Rutherford took the silver medal, with a score of 55.035, whilst Victoria’s Alex Luyckx walked away with a score of 54.985 and the bronze medal, an incredible achievement for the equal-youngest trampolinist to qualify for the final.
New South Wales were also the International Team Champions, with Swadling joined by Nicholas Diaz Ballas, Lleyton Pagett and Avi Margolis as gold medalists. Queensland and Victoria took home silver and bronze respectively.
Tasmanian pair Matthew French and Patrick Schluter were convincing winners in the Synchronized division, with a score of 96.430. Queensland, represented by Rutherford and Jayden Robinson-Patch won silver with a score of 92.740, while New South Wales pair Pagett and Justin Fokes won bronze with 90.400.
The Senior Women’s Trampoline Champion was South Australia’s Abbie Watts, who bettered her 2021 result of the bronze medal by taking home gold with a score of 53.715, ahead of state teammate Claire Arthur, who scored 53.340. Queensland’s Charlotte Johnstone rounded out the podium with a score of 52.670.
Unsurprisingly, South Australia were also Team Champions for the second successive year, with Watts, Arthur, Ruby Kerrison and Rebekah Thomson finishing ahead of silver and bronze medalists Queensland and Tasmania. South Australia made it 3 gold medals with a Watts and Arthur’s victory in the Synchronized division, scoring 93.180.
Tasmania’s Amber French and Queensland’s Braida Thomas won silver with 90.050, while Jessica Pickering and Lauren Sampson from New South Wales took hom bronze with 88.090.
Tasmania’s Leuca McLeod won the National Championships in the Senior Male Double Mini Trampoline in a nail-biting three-stage competition. McLeod finished qualifying in third place, before finishing Flight 1 in second position, behind Victoria’s Alex Luyckx. The positions switched following Flight 2, with McLeod winning with a score of 28.000, while Luyckx finished in second place on 27.700. Queensland’s Thomas Clough finished on 24.200 and took home the bronze. Tasmania also took home Gold in the International Team division; the team of McLeod, Tristan Styles, Callum O’Sullivan and Matthew French finishing ahead of Victoria and Queensland.
Carina Hagarty from Queensland was the Senior Female DMT National Champion, with her score of 26.000 just ahead of New South Wales’ Cheyanna Robinson’s 25.200. Fellow Queenslander Braida Thomas won bronze with a score of 24.300. The Queensland duo added a gold medal to their collection as they, along with Rebecca Crotty and Charlotte Johnstone, won the International Team division, ahead of New South Wales and Western Australia.
New South Wales dominated the Tumbling discipline, with both individual and team gold medals in both the Male and Female categories. Ethan McGuinnes became the Male National Champion with a score of 29.900, ahead of state teammate Jack Hemmings and Tasmanian Jacob Smith who also finished on the podium. McGuiness and Hemmings were joined by Joshua Blench and Thomas Aivazan and gold medalists in the Team Division, as New South Wales triumphed over silver medalists Tasmania, with Queensland taking home Bronze.
Breanah Cauchi was the Female National Champion with a score of 27.000. Once again, New South Wales also took home silver through Koralee Catlett, whilst bronze went to South Australia’s Georgia Beddall. Cauchi, Catlett, Alysse Duffy and Alexsa Kachan won the Team division, ahead of Queensland and South Australia.
Overall, Queensland finished on top when factoring in all disciplines, with victories in DMT and Trampoline, and a second place in Tumbling. New South Wales finished first in the Tumbling division, contributing to their second place overall, followed by Tasmania in third.
Victoria’s Olivia Feaver took out the Senior Individual Female title, with a score of 20.400 just enough to secure victory over new South Wales’ Carissa Uno, who finished with 19.116 and a silver medal. The podium was rounded out by Mercedes McIntyre, also from NSW.
Feaver was also a member of the winning Trio team, joining forces with Annabel Muttdon and Deborah Greenbaum with a score of 21.085. An all-star Group of Uno, McIntyre, Greenbaum, Grace Kleppich and Matilda Narvo scored 17.803 in the Senior Group division.
Crowd favourite Tyson Martin-Durrington put on a show in the Senior Individual Male division, scoring 16.050.
Victoria took home two gold medals in the Aerodance category, with the trio of Amelia Fear, Maddie Royle and Roisin Selvarajoo victorious in the Trio category, one of two victories for fear who also won the Individual category. Queensland were the Team champions.
With no Senior Internationals competing in Acrobatic gymnastics this Championships, all eyes were focused on the future stars of Australian Acrobatic Gymnastics. New South Wales trio Ella Clark, Bella Crittenden and Kyla Santos were the Junior 13-19 All Around Champions, scoring a total of 78.650. NSW took home gold in the 12-18 division as well, with Grace Cantor, Whitney Picker and Sophie Roberts combining for a score of 76.680, with their Dynamic performance a standout, netting them 26.150 points.
Mixed Pair Sophie Heap and Marko Janda (NSW) put on an impressive display, scoring 73.170 in the Junior 12-18 category.
One of the most impressive performances of the week belonged Junior 11-16 Women’s Pair Marley King and Charli St Clair, who’s Balance routine scored them 25.400. They finished with an overall silver medal, behind New South Wales pair Charlotte Seeto and Callia Ward.
With the largest contingent of athletes, it was unsurprising to see New South Wales walk away with the Interstate Championship Shield. Victoria and Queensland rounded out the podium.