Gymnastics Victoria welcome Arizona State University Gymnasts
Gymnastics Victoria are excited to welcome 18 athletes from Arizona State University to Australia to compete in this weekend’s Victorian Championships in the Men’s Gymnastics competition at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Parkville.
After 20 hours of travelling, the team from Arizona touched down in Melbourne on Wednesday morning and, after a quick food stop, headed straight to the Men’s High Performance Centre for training.
The team are squarely focused on the Victorian Championships this weekend and will be competing in the Men’s Senior International sessions on Saturday afternoon and Monday evening.
Team captain Daniel Bronnenberg says the whole team are really excited to be here.
“We’ve been given this amazing opportunity to come out here to the Victorian Championships to compete with everyone who likes to do gymnastics on this side of the world,” says Daniel.
“We’re just excited to be around more people in the gymnastics community from all backgrounds, all ways of life, and experience the one thing that brings us together.”
Coach Scott Barclay says the trip to Australia has been a long time in the making thanks to his friendship with Victorian Men’s Head Coach Greg Corsiglia.
“It’s been over a year in planning, about two years ago we talked about coming, and it didn’t come through last year… when you’ve planned something for that long, it’s like, we can’t believe we are finally here,” says Scott.
“A lot of these guys have never been out of the country before, so it’s a big event for them just to travel and be able to compete in an international event like this.”
The team will spend two weeks in Australia, giving them plenty of time to explore Melbourne and other Victorian tourist destinations like the Great Ocean Road.
However, Scott says it’s all about the Victorian Championships this weekend for his team before being tourists.
“First and foremost they’re athletes and competitors and that’s why we are here, they just love to do gymnastics, and love to perform and do their best. We’re looking forward to a lot of different things, the whole experience of traveling, meeting other cultures and meeting other gymnasts from other countries, it’s a big thing.”
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