Commonwealth Games – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Preview
It’s just over twenty-four hours until competition kicks off in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham UK for our Women’s Artistic Gymnasts, who will take to the floor at 1:30am AEST on Sunday.
A veteran of the Commonwealth Games, Georgia Godwin has arrived in Birmingham as prepared as she’s ever been as she seeks to improve upon her impressive 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign on the Gold Coast, where she walked away with a Bronze Medal on the Uneven Bars. “To be here,” Georgia said speaking to media on Thursday afternoon, “you have to have put in so much work.” This work was evident at the 2022 Australian Gymnastics Championships, where Georgia secured three Gold Medals, including All-Around.
Georgia is one of two Commonwealth Games veterans within the WAG squad, with Emily Whitehead also fronting up for a second campaign, alongside debutants Kate McDonald, Breanna Scott and Romi Brown. It’s a new look team for Australia, but it is a team which is growing stronger with every passing day. “We’ve really grown as a team [over] the last couple of weeks” Georgia stated, referring to the pre-games training camp in France, in which the squad trained and lived together. “We got to spend 10 days together, just us, to build that bond and grow as a team” – a bond which is clearly strengthened by the potential of several medals over the next week.
Australia is a huge chance to score Gold in the team competition, but it will not come easily, with several strong teams taking the floor in Birmingham. Kate McDonald speculated on the competition with media on Thursday, alluding to host country England as a strong medal chance, “but also Canada is big competition.”
For a debutant, it can be an intimidating prospect to pull on the Green and Gold for the first time, but Kate is taking it all in her stride. “It’s an amazing privilege to represent your country,” Kate said, a sentiment echoed by Georgia. “Putting on the green and gold, no matter what competition you’re at, it gives me goosebumps every time.”
Regardless of the results to come over the next week, it is evident that Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is in an incredibly strong place at the moment, and hopefully seeing the successes of our five gymnasts on the world stage will spur the next generation of Commonwealth Games hopefuls to even greater heights.
The Commonwealth Games will be streamed live and free on Channel 7, and the 7plus app.
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics schedule:
All times listed are in AEST
Sunday 31 July - 1:30-7:00am – Individual Qualification and Team Final
Sunday 31 July 11:30pm – 2:00am – All-Around Final
Monday 1 August – 10:00pm – 2:00am – Vault and Uneven Bars Individual Apparatus Finals
Tuesday 2 August – 10:00pm – 2:00am – Balance Beam and Floor Exercise Individual Apparatus Finals