2022 Commonwealth Games - Rhythmic Gymnastics Preview with Danielle Tischljar

As the curtain falls on our Artistic campaign, all attention turns to Rhythmic gymnastics at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this weekend. It all begins with the Team competition at 3am AEST Friday morning, which also serves as the qualification for the Individual All-Around and Apparatus finals to come over the next two days.

Australia is represented by three incredible rhythmic gymnasts this year; Victorians Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva and Ashari Gill, along with Queenslander Lidiia Iakovleva. Ashari and Lidiia are making their Commonwealth Games debut, whilst Alex competed on the Gold Coast, where she walked away with two Bronze medals in Team and Ball. 

To preview the weekends competition, we caught up with Alex’s 2018 Commonwealth Games teammate Danielle Tischljar (nee. Prince). 

“As individual athletes, we are often competing against each other rather than together, which is what makes the Commonwealth Games a truly special event,” Danielle said, as she reflected on her two Commonwealth Games campaigns in Dehli and the Gold Coast. “One of my favourite memories would have to be standing on the podium alongside my teammates.” 

The Australian trio fill Danielle with confidence coming into the competition. “We have an incredibly strong team this year… all our girls are capable of standing on the podium, which makes both the team and individual events so exciting.” 

Rhythmic powerhouses Canada is the country to watch this year according to Danielle. “Carmel Kallemaa will be a strong contender in the All Around competition,” she said. “Having spent the majority of the last Olympic cycle as part of the Canadian Group, we didn’t see much of her on the international stage. However, she’s back on the mat this year and will be one to watch.” 

The spectacle and occasion of a Commonwealth Games can be overwhelming, but Danielle is sure that our athletes are up for the challenge. No matter the results, “I hope our girls get to pause for a moment to soak up the experience. You are often so caught up in the motions of competition, and not letting the enormity of the competition overwhelm you that sometimes the day passes you by too quickly.” 

The Rhythmic Gymnastics can be viewed live and exclusive on 7plus

Schedule

Team Final and Individual Qualification: Friday 3am
Individual All-Around Final: Friday 10pm
Individual Apparatus Final: Saturday 7.30pm