The WAG Final World Championships selection trial concludes in Canberra
The final selection trial for WAG athletes to the 2013 World Championships (Antwerp) was conducted at the AIS in Canberra today with Mary-Ann Monckton (VIC HPC/VIS) and Georgia Godwin (QLD HPC) both vying for selection on balance beam. Three other athletes were invited to trial based on their performances at the recent Australian Championships but each of them declined the opportunity to compete today on the basis that they were injured or felt they were not sufficiently prepared to achieve the selection standards set for this year’s event. This year, in response to the Australian Sports Commission’s ‘Winning Edge’ strategy, GA increased selection scores for all Olympic Gymsports to reflect the performance standards that athletes would be required to meet in order to qualify for finals and win medals at World Championship events in 2013 and beyond.
Monckton and Godwin were required to achieve a 6.3 D-score and 14.80 final score to be selected but just missed the mark for Antwerp scoring 6.1/14.10 and 6.2/13.90 respectively. WAG National Coach, Peggy Liddick, praised the girls for the work they had done to improve their difficulty and performances since the Australian Championships and noted that they were now ‘setting the pace’ for other Australian athletes working towards podium finishes at benchmark events between now and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Our WAG athletes, coaches and programs will now shift their attention back to skill and routine development as they continue to build the foundations of routines and performances which are world class. The next significant opportunity to evaluate athletes’ progress will be the National Club Championships in November 2013. The international competitiveness of our WAG athletes and National Team will be further tested in 2014 with the Pacific Rim Championships (Vancouver) in April, the Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) in July and the 2014 World Championships (China) in October. The 2014 World Champs will also form the first step towards Australia’s qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games (Rio).