Emily Little


Emily began gymnastics at the age of six. In 2008, she took out the Australian junior all-around title and also won gold medals on beam, floor and vault. She made her international debut in 2008 at the Golden State Classic in the United States winning the all-around competition.

Little's best international performance to date was at the 2012 Gymnix International in Montreal, Canada where she won the All Around title. This followed on from her success at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she was a member of the gold medal winning team and also secured the silver medal in the Women’s All Around final.

At 18 years of age, Emily was one of two Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) athletes in the 2012 London Olympic Games team, where she made her Olympic debut.

After taking a break in 2013, Emily returned to the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS)/National Centre of Excellence (Western Australia) under the guidance of coaches Nikolai Lapchine and Martine George in mid-2014, and was a non-travelling reserve in the 2014 World Championships.

In December 2014, Little competed in her first international event since 2012, competing in the Mexican Gymnastics Open where she made a successful return – finishing second in All-Around competition.

In 2015, Little competed in Jesolo, where she finished in 23rd overall, before returning to Australia for the National Championships, finishing second behind Georgia Godwin in the All-Around category, and winning gold on the Vault. Emily's international results do not stop there. In 2016 she was selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships and Aquece Rio Test Event. Little also went to compete at more international competitions during 2016 with one being the 2016 Toyota International where she placed 3rd on Beam and 3rd on Vault. 

Earlier this year, Emily Little had proved Australia why she is one of our best gymnasts by taking home two silvers and a bronze medal at the AGF Trophy as well as a two silvers at the Doha World Cup. To further this, Little placed 1st on floor, 2nd on vault and 3rd on beam at Australia's first world cup. 

Emily little is one of the Gymnastics Australia's most recognisable gymnasts and she continues to produce solid performances at every competition. She is currently working towards being selected for the 2017 World Championships as well as aiming to attend her second Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in 2018. 



Birthplace: Perth, WA
Occupation: Student
Nickname: Em, Little
Sporting motto: Stay humble, work hard and be kind
Most admired sportsperson: Larrissa Miller, Dasha Joura, Kim Mickle
Favourite sports team: Australian Rollers & Gliders wheelchair basketball teams
Favourite music: Flume, Hilltop Hoods, Drake
Favourite movie: Sisters, Deadpool
Best piece of advice received: Believe in yourself
Superstitions or pre-competition rituals: Trying to get my makeup on fleek
How do you relax when not in the gym: Hang out with friends, go to the beach or go to movies, exploring different places


Age began gymnastics and reason for starting: 6 years old, I saw the Sydney Olympics TV and wanted to do it
First Club: Armadale PCYC
First Coach: Tony and Cathy
Current Club: National Centre of Excellence (Western Australia) 
Current Coach: Martine George and Nikolai Lapchine
Best apparatus: Vault
Favourite skill: Butterfly on Floor 
Most difficult skill to learn: Wolf turns
Favourite aspect of being a gymnast: Travelling around the world and meeting gymnasts from other countries
Strengths as a gymnast: Power, strength, competing


Best National Performance: 2016 Australian Championships
Best International Performance: 2010 Commonwealth Games - 2nd AA
Best Gymnastic Moment: Being selected for the 2012 Olympic team


Year Jun/Snr Team AA VT UB BB FX
2016 Senior
3rd 1st 2nd 2nd
2015 Senior - 2nd 1st 6th 3rd 2nd
2013 Senior - Did not compete -  -  -  -  -
2012 Senior 3rd 2nd 2nd 5th 4th 2nd
2011 Senior- Did not compete -  -  -  -
2010 Senior - injured - - - - - -
2009 Junior - 3rd 4th 5th - 1st
2008 Junior - 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st


Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2017 Doha World Cup, QAT - - 2nd - 4th 2nd
2017 AGF Trophy, AZE - - 2nd - 3rd 2nd
2017 World Cup Gymnastics Melbourne, AUS - - 2nd - 3rd 1st
2016  Toyota International, JPN  2nd  3rd  6th 
2016  Sokol Grand Prix,  CZE 1st 
2016 Anadia World Challenge Cup, POR - - 5th - - 5th
2016 Cottbus World Cup, DEU 1st  7th  3rd 
2016 Szombathely  Wolrd Challenge Cup, HUN 2nd  =1st 
2016  Dutch Olympic Qualifier, NLD  16th  1st  =17th  5th 
2016 Aquece Rio Test Event, BRA 5th - 3rd - 38th 23rd
2016 Pacific Rim Championships, USA
3rd - 5th - 9th 7th
2015 World Championships, SCO 14th - - - 66th 6th
2015 Trofeo Citta di Jesolo, ITA
- 23rd  - 30th 21st 23rd
2015  American Cup, USA  7th 
2014 Mexico Gymnastics Open, MEX - 2nd 2nd 4th 6th 3rd
2012 Pacific Rim Championships, USA 4th 6th  - =6th 11th 8th
2012 Gymnix International, CAN 1st 1st 1st 4th 6th 2nd
2012 Olympic Test Event, GBR N/A 24th  - 40th 18th 72nd
2011 DTB World Cup, GER 2nd 8th 2nd 7th 5th 8th
2011 World Championships, JPN 6th 23rd  -  - - -
2011 Wild Rose Invitational, CAN   18th  -  -  - -
2010 World Championships, NED 6th 23rd  - 32nd 41st 67th
2010 Commonwealth Games, IND 1st 2nd  -  -  -
2010 Pacific Rim Championships, AUS 3rd 5th 2nd 6th 5th 8th
2010 Paris World Cup, FRA  -  - 5th  - 13th 11th
2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, AUS 4th 4th 1st  - 7th  -
2008 Massilia Cup, FRA  - 14th 2nd 33rd 19th 7th
2008 Pacific Alliance, USA 4th =11th 5th =15th 13th 15th
2008 Golden State Classic, USA - 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st


Commonwealth Games: 2010
World Championships: 2010, 2011, 2015
Olympic Games: 2012