Victorians Shine at the Australian Gymnastics Championships 

Our gymnasts have made Victoria proud over the last two weeks at the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships, held at their home stage – Hisense Arena. 

1,447 Australian athletes, and 769 officials, took part in the biggest national championships held to date. The 12 day event showcased extraordinary talent from across the country in five different gym sports - Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics. 

Among them, two of our Australian World Cup Heroes; artistic gymnasts Georgia Rose Brown, and Luke Wadsworth. The week saw each of them fly for the winning title of Australian Champion in their respective gymsports; only the beginning of a long run for our senior gymnasts.

“We’ve got the Vics (State Championships), then we’re off to World Championships camp then we’re off to Commonwealth Games camp,” Wadsworth explains. 

“This was like the first step really.” 

A first step to something greater, indeed. After an extraordinary 12 days, and 34 session, the Victorian’s came out of a tough championship possessing 54 gold medals, 61 silver and 53 bronze.
The road ahead seems promising, after Georgia-Rose Brown’s outstanding performance placed her second in the All-Around, and claiming the Gold Medals on both beam and floor apparatus with scores of 12.500 and 12.975 respectively. 

On Floor, fellow Victorian teammate Jade Vella-Wright closely followed Brown with a score of 12.425, and a three way tie for Bronze between two of Brown’s teammates Elly Bayes (VIC), Erin Modaro (VIC), and Queensland’s Rianna Mizzen, with 12.375. 

It was this exceptional team effort that guided the Victorian Senior girls to Victory, winning the team event with a clean score (312.850), ahead of Western Australia and New South Wales. 

Brown said it was their consistency that got the team over the line, but the difficulty is about to be amped up, in anticipation of the 2017 World Championships selection and 2018 Commonwealth Games teams. 

“I went into these nationals with the aim of being as consistent as possible, so my difficulty was down a little bit,” Brown said.

“The routines I did at the nationals I will keep in my pocket as a base routine and, hopefully, add to them.”

Also impressing in Week 1 was Women’s Artistic gymnast, Romi Brown who performed consistently strong in her individual apparatus finals, winning the Junior 15 National Titles on all four apparatus of the WAG competition. 

Don’t miss out on watching our Victorian Men's and Women's athletes like Georgia-Rose Brown and Luke Wadsworth up the ante, as they compete at the 2017 Victorian Gymnastics Championships, at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Parkville this weekend, click here for more information. 

Click here for a Victorian summary of Week 2 at the Australian Gymnastics Championships. 
Article references quotes from David Turner's Leader newspaper stories: Georgia-Rose Brown finishes second at Australian Gymnastics Championships ahead of busy campaign and Luke Wadsworth eyes World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Photo: Gymnastics Australia