Australian Rhythmic Trio to compete at World Championships
Three of Australia’s Rhythmic gymnasts are set to compete in the 39th FIG World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 14th of September.
Competing for the final team this year will be Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Alex Kiroi-Bogatyreva (pictured) alongside Isabella Wang and Asya Seker in their first World Championships.
It has been a hectic year of competition for Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy member Alex, who has hardly been off the floor since the Australian National Championships in May. With appearances at the Maccabiah Games in Israel and the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, Alex then joined her teammates at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, a competition that saw her walk away with three medals, including an Individual Gold on Clubs, Australia’s first Gold Medal for Rhythmic Gymnastics in 12 years.
“The support behind the Australian team was incredible,” says Alex, recounting her experience at the Commonwealth Games. “There were so many Aussies in the stadium, and watching from home, and a really welcoming crowd who were supporting all the athletes.”
This weekend though, Alex is taking to the floor as part of a comparatively inexperienced Australian team, but a team that she is certain will be able to galvanise together to produce an incredible performance.
“For both of my teammates, this is their first World Championships. Every performance on the competition floor is special and unique, but none more so than a debut…. I am really looking forward to this!”
For Le Ray Gymnastics Academy’s Isabella Wang, the prospect of a World Championship debut is more exciting, rather than daunting. “I’m looking forward to performing on a world stage with the best gymnasts in the world, and just experiencing competing at a big event.”
Watching the success of the Commonwealth Games team was a source of inspiration for Isabella, who travelled with the team to their pre-Games training camp as a reserve. She said that “being able to experience everything behind the scenes inspired me to work even harder and hopefully be in their position one day.”
For all three athletes, qualifying for the FIG World Championships is an incredible achievement, and we wish them all the best during competition this weekend. Stay tuned to our socials over to be kept up to date.