MORGANS: WE CAN’T WAIT TO GET INTO COMPETITION
Individual Olympic quota spots will be in sight when the Australian Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team takes to the competition floor at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
Headlined by team captain Mitch Morgans, he and fellow gymnasts Tyson Bull, Michael Tone, Gabe Swan Mclean and James Bacueti were fortunate to be selected to represent Australia last month before travelling to the Netherlands for their training camp.
Hosted at the Epke Zonderland Tutnhal to prepare alongside the Dutch National team, the athletes participated in a friendly international competition against the Netherlands, Spain and Guatemala.
The experience provided great preparation and learning opportunities in the lead into World Championships.
“Our MAG team have enjoyed a relaxed and thorough preparation leading into the worlds with an especially beneficial camp in The Netherlands alongside the Dutch national team,” said National Performance Director Andrew Logan.
Having arrived into Germany to meet the delegation and attend the event with the team, Logan was pleased with the team progress and form as they prepare for the mammoth task they face.
“Here in Stuttgart the guys have been In great spirits.” Logan said.
“Our realistic goal is to earn individual quota spots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
The athletes will face the likes of three-time world champion from the Netherlands Epke Zonderland, German Lukas Dauser and Olympian Samuel Mikulak from the United States.
Attending his third World Championships, Mitch Morgans was excited for the competition to get underway, every member of the team showing some fantastic skills in the weeks leading in to podium training.
“Our preparation has gone really well.” Morgans said.
“Podium training was strong; our first apparatus was high bar and everyone made their routines which was a great way to start.”
Always looking for areas to improve his routines, Morgans had nothing but praise for his team-mates as well as the world class Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle venue set up, a testament to the incredibly high standard of competition taking place in Stuttgart.
“I had a bit of an off day on pommel but otherwise we all had a really solid day and feel comfortable here”
“The equipment feels really good and the venue is fantastic so we can’t wait to get into the competition on Sunday.”
The Australian men will compete in their qualifying round on Monday October 7 at 9pm AEDT
Tune in and watch all the finals action from the 49th edition of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LIVE on FOX SPORTS commencing October 8. Check your local guide for full details.