Gymnasts Shine at Commonwealth Games

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An incredible week for our Artistic Gymnasts at the Commonwealth Games where Australia picked up 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals has been followed by an excellent week of Rhythmic Gymnastics where we added another 2 Bronze Medals. These results included medals for Victorians Alex Eade (Gold Floor, Bronze Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team), Emily Whitehead (Bronze Vault, Bronze Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team) and Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva (Bronze Ball, Bronze Rhythmic Gymnastics Team). 

Day 1 of competition on Thursday 5 April began with the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Team Final, with Victorian Luke Wadsworth putting in a strong performance. After facing solid competition from the English, Scottish and Canadian teams, the Australian Men’s team finished in fifth place. 

The competition started to heat up on the second day of competition, with the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team qualifications and finals. The Australian team put in an incredible effort, coming away with a bronze medal. Victorians Alex Eade and Emily Whitehead helped to secure the bronze medal with their performances. Both athletes also qualified for individual apparatus finals, with Alex in the Floor Final and Emily in the Vault and Beam Finals.  

Queensland’s Georgia Godwin and Georgia Rose-Brown both competed in the Women’s All-Around Final. Both athletes improved their performances from qualifications, resulting in Godwin coming away with the silver medal, and Brown placing in fourth position. 

Day 1 of the Individual Apparatus Finals saw Waverley Gymnastics Centre's Emily Whitehead compete in the Vault Final. With the crowd behind her, Emily completed two incredible vaults that put her into bronze medal position. Both Godwin and Brown fought for medal position in the Uneven Bars, with Godwin narrowly grabbing the bronze medal ahead of Brown. 

The final day of competition was full of nail-biting performances from our Australian athletes in the second day of Apparatus Finals. South Australia’s Chris Remkes kicked off the competition with a gold medal worthy performance on the Vault. 

Next up, Emily Whitehead and Georgia Rose-Brown competed in the Balance Beam Final. After two fourth place finishes in the Games so far, the pressure on former NCE Melbourne gymnast Brown could not have been greater. After a great performance, Brown came away with a silver medal and Whitehead ending her Commonwealth Games campaign in fifth position. 

Alex Eade was the last Australian Artistic Gymnast on the program, competing in the Floor Final. Motivated by the cheers of the home crowd, NCE Melbourne's Alex delivered a spectacular routine that earned her the gold medal ahead of the Canadian and Welsh competitors. 

“The crowd really motivated me to keep going, they’re really supportive and they cheer so loud, it’s amazing,” the 20-year-old said. 

Eade says that her main priority going into the competition was to perform her routine the best of her ability, and that walking away with a gold medal made the Games even better. 

The Commonwealth Games Gymnastics program continued the following week with the Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Final and Individual Qualifications on Wednesday 11 April. The team of Danielle Priunce, Enid Sung and Victorian Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva put in some amazing routines and secured the Bronze Medal with a combined team score of 120.800 behind Cypress (1) and Malaysia (2).  In addition to this Enid and Alex qualified for the All-Around Final as well as Enid in Hoop, Clubs and Ribbon, Danni in Ball and Alex in Ball and Ribbon in the Individual Finals. 

On Thursday 12 April, both Enid and Alex did a great job in the All-Around Final with Enid finishing in fourth place and Alex in 10th. The action continued in the individual competition the following day withthe standout result being 16 year old Victorian Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva claimuing a Bronze Medal in the Ball Final.

The Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre gymnast has a bright future ahead of her as the only Australian Individual Rhythmic Gymnatsics Medallist. 

Congratulations to all of the Australian Gymnasts for their outstanding performances at the Commonwealth Games.