Michael Mercieca

                     
      

Originally from Penrith in New South Wales, Mercieca started gymnastics at the age of five, first representing Australia in 2007 as a Junior and has since gone on to compete at the World Championships, World University Games and the Pacific Rim Championships.

After promising results in his first few years as a Senior athlete, Michael’s break-out performance came at the 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships when he took home five medals - three Silver and two Bronze – and as result was named on the 2014 Commonwealth Games team.

Injury forced his withdrawal from Commonwealth Games selection, but he recovered quickly and carried strong form through to his first World Championships in Nanning, China.

He finished fourth in the All-Around competition in the 2015 Australian Gymnastics Championship, taking home a silver medal for the Parallel Bars and a Bronze for Rings, before competing at the World University Games in South Korea.

Mercieca was the sole Male Gymnasts selected to represent Australia at the Aquece Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro, eventually being named as the second reserve for the 2016 Olympics Games in Brazil.

In 2017, a standout year for Mercieca, he won his inaugural Senior Australian All-Around title and competed in the World Cup in Melbourne, the World University Games in Taipei and his second World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

On the back of consistent results over the past few years Michael was chosen to represent his country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Queensland. With the experienced, well rounded program he is capable of putting together a Comm. Games All-Around podium result is a strong possibility for Mercieca.

Michael started training at the Gymnastics Queensland High Performance Centre in Brisbane, before moving to Canberra to train at the National Centre of Excellence under the supervision of Sergei Chinkar and Vladimir Vatkin. He then later moved back to Queensland, where he is currently training at the Lawnton Academy of Artistic Gymnastics.

QUICK FACTS

Birthplace: Penrith, NSW
Occupation: Student
Nickname: Mike
Sporting motto: Be the champion you want to become
Most admired sportsperson: Fabian Hambüchen, GER
Favourite sports team: Penrith Panthers
Favourite music: Rock, Alternative, Indie
Favourite movie: Lord of the Rings

TRAINING INFORMATION

Age began gymnastics and reason for starting: 5 years old, I was good at cartwheels
First Club: Nepean Gymnastics
First Coach: Nigel Matthews
Current Club: Gymnastics Queensland High Performance Centre
Current Coach: Sergei Chinkar
Best apparatus: Parallel Bars
Favourite skill: Makuts
Most difficult skill to learn: Makuts

MOST SIGNIFICANT

Best National Performance: 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships
Best International Performance: 2015 World University Games
Best Gymnastics Moment: Competing for Australia at the World University Games

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Year
Jun/Snr
Team
AA
FX
PH
SR
VT
PB
HB
2017 Senior  1st 1st =3rd 4th 1st - 4th 8th
2016  Senior - Did not compete  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  
2015  Senior 1st  4th  3rd  2nd  4th   
2014 Senior 2nd 2nd 3rd - 3rd - 2nd 4th
2013 Senior 5th 3rd - - - 6th 2nd
2012 Did Not Compete - - - - - - - -
2011 Senior 2nd 9th - 13th 8th - 4th 1st
2010 Senior 2nd 8th  8th 4th 9th 7th  12th
2009 Senior 2nd 13th - - - - - -
2008
U18
2nd
4th
4th
2nd
2nd
4th
3rd
2nd
2007
U17
-
1st
3rd
1st
2nd
4th
1st
2nd
2006
Did Not Compete
- - - - - - -
2005
U15
-
2nd
2nd
1st
5th
7th
1st
1st

INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Year
Event
Team
AA
FX
PH
SR
VT
PB
HB
2018 Melbourne World Cup, AUS - - - - 7th - 3rd 3rd
2017 World Championships, CAN  - 93rd   -  65th  - 52nd   30th  
2017 World University Games, TWN  - 28th   61st 81st  38th   41st  =6th  
2017 Melbourne World Cup, AUS  -  - 9th   -  - 5th   
2016 Aquece Rio Test Event, BRA   51st   84th 56th   68th 69th  40th  72nd     
2016 Pacific Rim Championships, USA 5th  9th   36th  15th =15th   - 11th   =13th    
2015 World University Games, KOR - 23rd 50th 52nd 41st - 20th 25th
2014 World Championships, CHN 26th - - 126th 103rd - 185th 70th
2014 Pacific Rim Championships, CAN 5th 17th 20th 21st 15th 22nd 23rd 15th
2011 World University Games - CHN 11th - - -
2009 Japan Juniors International - 10th - 5th - - - -
2009
Australian Olympic Youth Festival
4th
10th
-
5th
-
-
-
2nd
2007
Australian Olympic Youth Festival
4th
14th
-
-
-
-
7th
5th
2007
International Team Cup
16th
14th
11th
2nd
-
-
1st
5th

MAJOR EVENTS HISTORY

Commonwealth Games: N/A
World Championships: 2014, 2017
Olympic Games: N/A