NEDOV: There's a multitude of possibilities
Australia’s current Beam Queen, Emma Nedov, is making her mark on the international stage in 2019.
The final Gymnastics Australia (GA) Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) athlete to be highlighted for our 70th anniversary celebrations has been a joy to watch since returning from injury and retirement.
“I actually initially came back after my achilles injury to get my fitness and strength back to normal and then I decided to retire in 2018 once I'd fully recovered from the injury,” Nedov said.
“It had almost become normal to represent my country, and before I retired I had lost the spark of competing on a World Stage.
“After having time off, I have newfound love and appreciation for representing Australia and competing.
“It's an honour.”
In front of a home crowd at the Melbourne World Cup in February, Nedov wowed Melbourne Arena with her Silver medal winning Beam routine.
Nedov went on to do one better at the Baku World Cup and claimed the Gold medal on Beam after her incredible routine received a score of 14.100, a career highlight for Nedov.
“There's a few stand out moments for me.
“Most recently winning Beam at the World Cup in Baku.
“Also qualifying 7th in team finals at World Championships in 2014 and being first reserve for beam finals at my first World Champs is something I’ll never forget.”
Gymnastics is forever developing which can make the future of the sport limitless.
“There's a multitude of possibilities. It has already evolved so much,” Nedov said.
“In my opinion gymnastics has changed in so many ways.
“Gymnasts are performing bigger and more difficult skills and the scores have become even more thorough and detailed.
“There's a dominant element of strength and power in the sport at the moment.”
As a current member of the Senior National Squad, Nedov is proud to be a part of the WAG program and to have had so many amazing experiences along the way.
“There are so many things that make me proud to be a part of the WAG program," Nedov said.
“It's got a long history of great, successful gymnasts that I watched when I was younger, and I am now part of that.
“It has given me some unforgettable experiences, such as travelling the world from a young age, representing my country and given me lifelong friends.”
Off the back of another National Squad Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, Nedov now switches her focus to the Australian Classic next month in the hope of earning her spot for the Artistic World Championships in Stuttgart in October.