Clay Stephens

                            
      

Clay Stephens from Adelaide (SA) trained at Gymnastics South Australia's high performance centre, GYM-JETS, with coach Yu Bo, until moving to the National Centre of Excellence (Canberra) to enhance his extreme talent in the sport.

Clay began gymnastics at the age of five after being spotted through a talent identification program and as a result of lots of hard work is a rising star of Australian gymnastics.

2014 was a very successful year for Clay, taking out the Level 9 U17 National Championship as well as winning gold on Vault at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Canada.

Already having represented his country through the Australian Youth Olympics Festival, Stephens was again called up for his country to participate in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, where he came fourth overall in the Vault. 

In 2015, Stephens made the step up to seniors and made a very credible start in the National Championships, finishing eighth in the All-Around finals and second in the Vault. 

In early 2017, Clay was able show the home crowd his impressive performances by competing at Australia's first World Cup Gymnastics event which was held in Melbourne, placing 5th on vault and 4th on parallel bars.  Clay then went on to compete at the AGF Trophy and the Doha World Cup putting together more solid routines.

Clay continues to train hard to increase his difficulty to assist the Australian team in the future, hoping to be selected for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

QUICK FACTS

Birthplace: Adelaide, SA
Occupation: Student
Nickname: Nemo
Sporting motto: -
Most admired sportsperson: Sam Offord
Favourite sports team: Adelaide Crows
Favourite music: All types
Favourite movie: -

TRAINING INFORMATION

Age began gymnastics and reason for starting: 5 years old, Selected in talent identification
First Club: GYM-JETS
First Coach: Ben Frick
Current Club: National Centre of Excellence (Canberra)
Current Coach: Vladimir Vatkin
Best apparatus: Floor
Favourite skill: Double twisting double tuck on floor
Most difficult skill to learn: Circle on Pommel Horse

MOST SIGNIFICANT

Best National Performance: 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships
Best International Performance: 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships
Best Gymnastics Moment: Being selected to compete at the Youth Olympic Games

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Year
Jun/Snr
Team
AA
FX
PH
RG
VT
PB
HB
2016 Senior
- -
-
-
4th
-
-
-
2015 Senior - 8th 6th - - 2nd - -
2014 L10 U18 - 1st 1st 3rd 6th 1st 1st 2nd
2013 L9 U17 - - 7th - 5th 4th - -
2012 L9 U17 - 3rd 1st 6th 8th 7th =2nd 10th
2011 L9 U16 - 7th 2nd 5th 13th  4th =3rd =4th
2010 L7 U14 - =8th 1st 17th 12th 1st 6th =13th

INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Year
Event
Team
AA
FX
PH
RG
VT
PB
HB
2017 Doha World Cup, QAT - - - - - 7th 20th -
2017  AGF Trophy, AZE  10th  11th   
2017  World Cup Gymnastics, AUS  5th  4th     
2014 Youth Olympic Games, CHN  23rd  37th  38th  21st  4th  13th  29th     
2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, CAN 5th 13th 8th - 8th 1st 8th -
2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, AUS 3rd 14th 6th 15th 12th 8th 9th 12th
2011 8th Austrian Future Cup, AUT 5th 10th 4th 11th 13th 4th 18th 12th

MAJOR EVENTS HISTORY

Commonwealth Games: N/A
World Championships: N/A
Olympic Games: N/A