Victorian Team win big at Australian Gymnastics Championships


​The Senior International Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team: Emily Whitehead, Amie Martin, Kiara Munteanu, Elly Bayes, Romi Brown and Talia Folino. 

The Australian Gymnastics Championships concluded on Sunday after a massive two weeks of competition with Victoria winning Senior International Team Gold Medals in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Silver in the International Team Trampoline adding to the Aerobics Gold and Silver medal success in early May.

Taking place at Hisense Arena in Melbourne from 21 May until 4 June, gymnasts from every Australian State and Territory as well as New Zealand came together to compete for the title of Australian Champion. 

Our Victorian gymnasts competed across five different gymnastics sports; Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics and Acrobatic Gymnastics. 

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics 

Victoria achieved some fantastic results during Week 1 in all levels of competition. In the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, there were Gold Medals for the National Level 10 Team with Kianne Wells (MYC Gymnastics), Mika Suzuki (Jets Gymnastics), Rebekah Chen (Waverley Gymnastics Centre, WGC), Rachel Laval (WGC), Caitlyn Montgomery (WGC) and Lauren Pengelly (MLC Gymnastics). The Future International Team also scored a Gold Medal, with congratulations to Miella Brown (WGC), Sumer Daly (WGC), Zoe Nitsiopoulos (WGC), Chloe Saliaris (Geelong YMCA – NCE) and Charlotte Shin (WGC).

The Senior International Team were also crowned as the Australian Champions, with team members Emily Whitehead (WGC), Talia Folino (WGC), Elly Bayes (Geelong YMCA – NCE), Kiara Munteanu (WGC), Romi Brown (WGC) and Amie Martin (Dolphin Gymnastics Club). Dual Commonwealth Games medallist Emily Whitehead had a fantastic week, coming away with the All-Around Silver Medal in the Senior International competition, as well as contributing to the Gold Medal winning team performance. 

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics 

In the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics the Level 10 & Senior International Combined Team won the Gold Medal, defeating the Queensland and New South Wales teams. Congratulations to team members Kent Pieterse (Men’s High Performance Centre – MAG HPC), Philip Stewart (Cheltenham Youth Club – CYC), Scott Brooks (Knox Gymnastics Club), Tyson Bull (MAG HPC), William Shurey (Grips Gymnastics Club) and Lachlan Smith (Dolphin Gymnastics). Junior athletes in the combined Level 9 U15/17 Team were also victorious in winning Gold. 

Well done to Conor McGillivray (MAG HPC), Marcus Casamento (MAG HPC), Kynan Whitehead (BTYC Gymnastics), Kipp Smith (MAG HPC), Ruben Chitters (Dolphin Gymnastics), and Joshua Walker (MAG HPC) for the incredible win. Level 10 gymnast Ethan McCormack (PIT Gymnastics) had a fantastic competition and tied for the All-Around Gold Medal. Senior International gymnasts Lachlan Smith and Scott Brooks claimed the Silver and Bronze Medals respectively in the Senior International All-Around competition.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

The Victorian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team had an incredible competition with the Senior International Team crowned the Australian Champions. Congratulations to team members Alisa Gimgina (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics), Ashari Gill (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics). Dual Commonwealth Games medallist Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva also picked up Gold Medals for All-Around as well as Hoop, Ribbon and Ball. Ashari Gill also had a fantastic competition earning a Bronze Medal for All-Around as well as a Gold Medal for Clubs. 

The Sub Junior Team were also crowned Australian Champions, with team members Miyabi Akiya (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics), Eva Gordienko (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics), Monika Sarkissova (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics), Hillai Yemini (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics), Jessica Weintraub (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Marta Piccolo (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics). Well done to Miyabi Akiya on claiming Gold on every apparatus and in the All-Around competition. In the Pre Junior competition the team of Angelina Pham (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics), Ashley Kolomoisky (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics), Sophia Dew (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics), Jessica-Nicole Kadison (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Zoey Lin (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics) were crowned Champions with Sophia Dew was named the All-Around Pre Junior Champion. Congratulations to the Junior International Team of Grace Lasslett (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics), Jessica Proberezovska (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics), Rashelle Feldman (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics), Tahlia Stewart (Glen Iris Rhythmic Gymnastics), Thu Luu (Ruyton Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Chloe Hay (Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics) for winning a Silver Medal. 

Trampoline Gymnastics 

The Victorian team performed well in the Trampoline competition, with Gold Medals for Women’s Youth International Synchronised Trampoline gymnasts Alyssa Calcatjicos (CYC) and Phoebe Kakaras (CYC) and the Men’s Youth International Individual Trampoline for Brock Batty (CYC). There were also Silver Medals for the International Individual Men’s Trampoline Team, with Ryan Hatfield (Omega Trampoline Sports Club - OTC), Alex Luyckx (CYC), Adrian Wareham (OTC) and Callum Evans (CYC) and the International Men’s Double Mini Trampoline Team consisting of Ryan Hatfield, Alex Luyckx, Taj Bailey (CYC) and Thomas Finlay (MGC). 

Acrobatic Gymnastics

The Level 8 Acrobatic Mixed Pair of Connor Dwyer and Amelie Pote (Nunawading Gymnastics & Sports Club) were crowned the Australian Champions, and the Women’s Level 9 Acrobatic trio of Greta Di Lorenzo, Kirsty Faulkner and Laura Schwindt (Team Adrenaline) claimed the Silver Medal. 

Aerobic Gymnastics

The Australian Aerobic Gymnastics Championships were held May 1-3 at Bendigo Stadium where Victorian Olivia Feaver (Advantage Gym Sports) won the Senior International Gold Medal with fellow Victorian Annabel Muttdon (Advantage Gym Sports) claimed the Silver Medal. 

In the overall medal count at the Australian Gymnastics Championships Victoria won 60 Gold Medals, 49 Silver Medals and 58 Bronze Medals which combined for a total of 167 Individual and Team Medals. 

This is an incredible achievement for all of the athletes, coaches and clubs who have worked so hard throughout the year to prepare for this elite national competition.