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Super heroes set to fly in Sydney
Ahead of the 2013 Australian Gymnastics Championships getting underway this weekend, Gymnastics Australia has interviewed a series of athletes from across the country.
The 2013 Australian Gymnastics Championships will see the Men’s Artistic Gymnasts display strength and power like you’ve never seen before! Men’s Artistic Gymnastics has a grand total of six apparatus to master – no small feat by any stretch of the imagination!!
The Men’s competition kicks off in week two in session 18. This session will see the senior elite gymnasts, alongside the juniors (Level 10, Under 18) who are hot on their heels and keen to impress! Coming off some great results at the Vitaly Scherbo event in January 2013, the boys’ performances in the Open Levels competition won’t disappoint!
Whilst not competing at the 2013 Australian Gymnastics Championships Daniel Orman is set to be awarded the 2012 MAG Open Levels Gymnast of the Year award.
Daniel Orman - Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Queenslander and 2012 Men's Artistic Gymnastics Open Levels Gymnast of the Year Daniel Orman has had a very busy 12 months. Hear his thoughts on competing, learn about his training routine and what he enjoys most about competing.
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics consists of four spectacular apparatus vault, bars, beam and floor. Gymnasts can compete in three competitions – the team event where athletes combine forces and battle state against state as a team. The All Around where an individual must conquer all 4 apparatus to receive a combined score & be crowned the All Around champion. The Apparatus Finals sees the top 8 athletes, determined in the team event, use their refined powers to master an individual apparatus.
Athletes to watch out for in the Women's Artistic Gymnastics competition include:
Natasha Hammann - Senior
Kimberley Morrissey - WAG Level 8 and ACR Level 6
Charlotte Sullivan, Hanna Malloch, and Millie Williamson - Representing New Zealand
Natasha Hammann - Women's Artistic Gymnastics Senior
Having represented South Australia at the Australian Gymnastics Championships for the past 15 years, Natasha Hammann is once again ready to lead her state into competition.
Kimberley Morrissey - WAG Level 8 & ACR Level 6
Kimberley Morrissey from Western Australian is successfully able to balance training and competing in two Gymsports, Women's Artistic Gymnastics and Acrobatic Gymnastics.
New Zealand - Women's Artistic Gymnastics
The New Zealand WAG athletes are no strangers to Australian competitions having already competed in the AYOF, Perth International Challenge and Victorian State Championships in 2013.
All three girls were part of the winning team at the Perth International following on from their success at the 2013 AYOF where they finished 5th.
After winning the All Around and all apparatus at the 2012 New Zealand Nationals, Charlotte headed to the AYOF to gain valuable international experience. This competition proved invaluable for Charlotte’s development as she then took out the Bars, Beam & Floor titles at the Perth International. On Charlotte’s recent trip back to Australia she finished 3rd in the All Around of the Victorian State Championships, where she was able to perform her new favourite skill – flic Arabian on beam.
Following on from a successful New Zealand Nationals in 2012 where she finished 2nd in the All Around, Hanna has continued on in 2013 with consistently strong performances with the highlight being her 3rd place on Beam at the Victorian State Championships.
Millie was the All Around winner at the Perth International competition earlier this year. This win came on the back of consistent results at both the AYOF (12th AA) and 2012 New Zealand Nationals (3rd AA). At this year’s Australian Championships Millie is looking forward to competing her side onodi on beam which she showcased for the first time at the recent Victorian Championships.
If it’s superheroes who use tools and weapons to impress, the likes of Superwoman and Zena Warrior Princess, then hold your breath for theRhythmic Gymnasts. Twirling hoops, smashing clubs, magical ribbons and balls seemingly controlled by the mind move around the floor as athletes spin, jump, leap, balance and impress you.
At this years’ event you can also expect more group routines, the ones you loved to watch at the Olympics – try to find one singular point of focus as equipment is projected in many directions across the floor – gymnasts bend in figures rarely achieved by any ‘normal’ person!
Be sure to catch Jade Lazarus in the Level 9 Open competition.
Jade Lazarus - Rhythmic Gymnastics
Representing Western Australia for the second time at a National Championships is 14 year old Jade Lazarus. Jade started Rhythmic Gymnastics at just 6 years of age, because her older sister Kim was involved in the sport. Since then nearly all the girls in the Lazarus family have developed a love for the sport and have participated at both a State and National level, including her other two sisters Teri and Amy.
After starting the trend of Rhythmic Gymnastics in the family, Kim competed up to Level 8 where she represented WA at the 2004 National Championships and was a member of the silver medal winning team. Teri competed at a State level to Level 6 whilst youngest sister Amy competed in Level 7 International at the 2011 National Championships in Perth. These talented sisters are now pursuing new and exciting careers with Amy having taken up dancing, Teri is completing her final year of Commerce at Curtin University and Kim is working towards a career in acting whilst living in Los Angeles. Undoubtably their roots in gymnastics has given them sound foundations for a host of new pathways of which we wish them every success.
Meanwhile, Jade prepares for the upcoming 2013 National Championships where she will compete in the Level 9 Open competition. What Jade loves most about RG is the adrenalin rush in competition and the feeling she get when preforming in front of the judges and her family. Her goals are to not only do her best and make her State proud but to think positively and be a good team player, encouraging all the gymnasts in her team. This team driven focus is an unwavering quality of Jade’s and this very talented family.