Australia shines at day one of Artistic Gymnastics qualifying in Glasgow
Australia's Women's Artistic Gymnastics team is in second place of the Team Final, and Victoria's Georgia-Rose Brown leads the All-Around competition, after the first day of qualification at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Australia's Women's Team hit eight from eight routines and are the only country to hit all four routines on Uneven Bars. With two strong apparatus to come, the Women's team is in contention for a team medal.
The team opened with outstanding Uneven Bar routines which resulted in Larrissa Miller in second position with a score of 14.433 to England's Rebecca Downie (14.683), followed closely by Georgia-Rose Brown in third (14.083). Both now qualify for the final. Olivia Vivian also performed well, finishing fourth (13.800) and Mary-Anne Monckton in seventh (13.333).
Australia was the only team in which every gymnast scored over 8.00 for execution on the apparatus.
Brown continued to dominate the competition with an overall score of 13.849 for Vault which saw her qualify sixth for the apparatus and lead the All-Around competition.
The Women’s Artistic Gymnastics competition continues tonight with Australia competing on Floor and Beam from 2.45am AEST– watch live on Glasgow 6 on TenPlay.
After a strong start to the team performance on day one of competition, Australia's Men's Artistic Gymnastics team is in fifth place in the Team Final, competing on Floor, Rings and Pommel Horse.
Naoya Tsukahara and Luke Wadsworth are in ninth and 10th place respectively in the All-Around competition with best performances from Tsukahara including qualifying eighth on Rings (14.308) due to the two-per-country rule.
The Men’s competition continues tonight with Australia competing on High Bar, Parallel Bars and Vault from 9.03pm AEST – watch live on live on Glasgow 4 on TenPlay.
Australia's rhythmic gymnasts in Commonwealth Games final
Rhythmic gymnasts Danielle Prince (QLD) and Jaelle Cohen (NSW) have finished in ninth and 14th position in the Individual All Around final following the second day of competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Prince, a gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, led the Australian team with a score of 51.725. Prince, 22, was one of the most athletic gymnasts on the floor, performing four graceful routines and achieving a personal top score for the event of 13.325 for clubs, as well as finishing 7th for her clubs and ribbon performances.
Finishing strongly in her Commonwealth Games debut, Cohen shone in her hoop routine to achieve her highest score of the day (12.050) and end on a final score of 47.050.
Australian teammate 16-year-old Amy Quinn (WA) finished in the qualifying competition on day one in 21st position overall (45.975).
Competition favourite from Canada, Patricia Bezzoubenko, received the gold medal with an overall score of 59.175. Welsh teammates Francesca Jones (57.350) and Laura Halford (56.225) took out silver and bronze.
Offord appointed to Athletes' Commission
Former Men's Artistic Gymnastics champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sam Offord has been appointed to the Athletes' Commission as the Men's Artistic representative.
Offord joins existing Commission members: Ashleigh Brennan (WAG), Janine Murray (RG), Jarrod Spear (TRP), Jessica Larsen (ACR) and Lauren Mitchell (ex-officio).
Janine Murray: An insight into the Commonwealth Games from a Rhythmic Gymnast
As Australia's Rhythmic Gymnastics Team prepare to take the podium at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, member of the Dehli 2010 Commonwealth Games gold winning team gives an insight into the atmosphere of the event.
Janine Murray: Dehli 2010 Commonwealth Games gold winning team member, 2011 World Championships top ranked Oceania competitor, London 2012 Olympics athlete
On the eve of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, people right across the globe will be tuning in for the spectacle that is the Official Opening Ceremony. The streets of Glasgow will be full of life and the Athlete Village will be humming with excitement and anticipation. Amongst all this, Australia’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team; Danielle (Danni) Prince, Amy Quinn and Jaelle Cohen, will be hoping for a quiet night as they prepare for their first day of competition and a pivotal day in their gymnastics career.
One can only imagine the thoughts and feelings they will be experiencing in the lead up to their competition and the moments before they take to the international arena. I was fortunate enough to be one of those athletes four years ago in Delhi, alongside Naazmi Johnston and Danni Prince. We had a formidable team at this event taking out the Commonwealth Games Team gold medal – a first for Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics and a highlight in all of our careers. I have been lucky enough to share experiences like this with all three representatives on this years’ team, as well as a friendship with them that we will no doubt maintain beyond gymnastics. It is therefore with great pleasure I give you some insight into out three Rhythmic athletes and their Commonwealth Games experience thus far.
The Rhythmic Gymnastics team was selected just six weeks ago, following their standout performances at the 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships. Immediately following this event, the girls attended a training camp in Sydney in order to fine-tune their routines. While Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport of grace and beauty, it demands mental and physical strength, flexibility, coordination and athleticism in order to make every routine look effortless. These girls know it is not without a rigorous training schedule of up to 30 hours per week that this is achieved and have since been putting in the hard yards at their home training centers ahead of the Games.
Australia’s reigning National Champion for two consecutive years, Danni Prince from Queensland brings to the team a wealth of experience. Having represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and four World Championships she is no stranger to the international stage and is most looking forward to the atmosphere that comes with a multisport event. In preparing for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Danni has been working specifically alongside her sports psychologist to help cope with the pressure situations all these athletes will face. Danni is striving to perform four flawless routines on the first day of competition, as she knows if she achieves this, the results will come from there.
Jaelle Cohen from New South Wales is a true competitor who thrives on the competition environment. The technicality in her apparatus handling and throws is one of her greatest strengths and has seen her represent Australia at three World Championships and numerous international events. Jaelle won her first Hoop apparatus gold medal at the Australian National Championships this year and is a valuable team member with her sights set on qualifying for the Individual All Around Final on Day 2 of the competition program.
Making her Commonwealth Games - and World Championships debut later in the year - Western Australia’s Amy Quinn is a newcomer to the international arena, however is set to be a rising star in the future of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Australia. Amy acknowledges that she has never been to such a large competition before and has no idea what to expect nor does she believe there are any expectations of her. Despite this, she is determined to make her mark in Glasgow and is most looking forward to competing. This is the aspect of gymnastics she enjoys most and believes the opportunity to perform and do what she loves is the most rewarding experience an athlete can ask for.
All three gymnasts are very different; however they all have one goal in mind: a Commonwealth Games team medal. From my own experiences, as an individual athlete it is a rare chance to compete as a team, and to further this by achieving a shared goal is one of the most memorable highs in my career.
The athletes will take to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct on Thursday 24 July for the Team Final and Individual Qualifications. Based on their performances, up to two athletes per nation can move forward to the Individual All Around Final on Friday 25 July and Apparatus Finals Saturday 26 July. It is a gruelling schedule to compete three consecutive days in a row and will definitely put the girls to the test. They know it will be a tough competition, in both the team and individual events; Canada, Wales and Malaysia all have strong athletes so it is bound to be a gripping event for audiences at home.
With that said, I wish all three girls the best of luck in their Commonwealth Games pursuits. To represent Australia at such a prestigious event you have already achieved what so many athletes only dream of. Now what awaits you is the reward!
Olivia's Glasgow Diary - Final Camp
Guess who's back back back, back again gain gain, the team is back back back, to flip and bend bend bend!
On the first day of camp it felt like we never left. All seven of us girls know each other so well now and it's truly a much anticipated reunion when we're all in the same place again.
Inaugural Team Future Advance Camp held in Canberra
Representing five different training gyms from around the country, 15 gymnasts aged 12-13 years earned the right to attend the first ever Team Future Advance Camp.
Having been selected as a result of their outstanding results on the IDEAL skills test recorded in the first half of 2014, the camp was a mixture of training and other fun and educational activities. The gymnasts were also fortunate enough to observe our Commonwealth Games team training whilst at camp.
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