Australian Rhythmic Gymnasts Shine in Sofia
In one of the year’s largest competitions for our Rhythmic gymnasts, several Australian athletes took to the floor at the 39th FIG Rhythmic World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria over the last week.
In a competition that saw Italy and Romania flex their muscles once more, Australia’s Rhythmic group, hailing from Premier Gymnastics in Brisbane and coached by Gina Peluso, finished in 22nd place in All-Around.
The squad (pictured above), consisting of Ainsley Barker, Laura Gosling, Ashleigh Law, Tahlya Smith and Charlotte Wong, also performed admirably in the 3 Ribbon, 2 Ball and Hoop divisions, finishing in 23rd and 24th respectively.
Individually, it was Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship recipient Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva who headlined the Australian contingent, finishing the All-Around division strongly in 30th place out of field of 80. This included her highest apparatus score of 28.950 on Ball.
This caps off a jam-packed second half of 2022 for Kiroi-Bogatyreva, who also represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, the World Games in the United States and the Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom, where she finished with three medals, including a Gold for her Clubs routine.
In their debut World Championships, NSW and Le Ray Gymnastics athletes Asya Seker and Isabella Wang also competed individually, with personal highlights including Asya’s Hoop routine, which scored 26.150, and Isabella’s 23.300 routine on Ball, capping off what was a dream come true for both gymnasts.
Collectively, the three women combined for a team All-Around score of 249.000, finishing in 16th place.
Congratulations to all eight of our incredible gymnasts, as well as their coaches and support staff.