Gymnastics Australia Announces Women's Artistic World Championship Team
Gymnastics Australia is thrilled to announce the six Women's Artistic Gymnastics athletes to represent Australia at the 49th edition of the FIG World Artistic Championships, to be held in Stuttgart, Germany 4-13 October 2019.
Aiming to gain Olympic quota spots for Team, the selected gymnasts are currently at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra and will travel to Wil, Switzerland on Tuesday 24 September for four days of acclimation and final preparation prior to arriving in Stuttgart.
Having been selected for her third World Championships, Queenslander Georgia Godwin said that the selection was the result of months of effort as she returns from injury.
“The work I have put in over the last 12 months has finally started to pay off and I feel happy and relieved,” Godwin said.
“All the early mornings, hours in the gym, frustrating times and tears have all been worth it to get a spot on the team.
“My hopes for this campaign is to get a team qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. That’s all I’m focused on.”
Preparing the gymnasts to face the top athletes in the world, Gymnastics Australia Women’s Artistic Head Coach Mihai Brestyan said the team would need to perform at their best.
“Our goal is for our Women’s team to place within the top 12 at the Stuttgart World Championships,” Brestyan said.
“By doing this our gymnasts will be awarded an Olympic Team quota spot for Tokyo 2020. However, to achieve this all will need to perform at their best on each of the four apparatus. I believe we are prepared to achieve our goal."
Attending her first World Championship event, Breanna Scott was filled with excitement when she was informed of her selection.
“It feels great to have been chosen to represent Australia at this years’ World Championships,” Scott said.
“It’s been a goal of mine for a long time and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go out there and experience competing on a world stage with the rest of the Australian team.”
Just under 300 athletes representing more than 90 countries will compete in the event across 10 days of competition for both the Men’s and Women’s artistic gymnastics.
Following the event, the top 12 ranked teams will be awarded an Olympic quota spot for Tokyo 2020.
The Australian Women’s Team will be first up on day 1 of action at the FIG World Artistic Championships. The Championships start on Tuesday 4 October with qualifying across all apparatus with finals, beginning on October 8.
Georgia-Rose Brown - GQ HPC/Premier Gymnastics
Talia Folino - Waverley Gymnastics
Georgia Godwin - Delta Gymnastics
Kate McDonald - Waverley Gymnastics
Emma Nedov - Sydney Gymnastics & Aquatics Centre
Breanna Scott - Sydney Gymnastics & Aquatic Centre
Mihai Brestyan - National Head Coach
Alexandre Belooussov - Delta Gymnastics
John Hart - Waverley Gymnastics
Zhen Zhang - Sydney Gymnastics & Aquatic Centre
Michelle de Highden
Head of Delegation