Queensland gymnasts set to represent the state at Nationals

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It’s not just the Queensland Maroons that will be looking to shine on behalf of Queensland this month as over 250 of Queensland’s top gymnasts head to the 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championship at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne to compete for National Champion status.


Over 1,300 of the country’s best gymnasts will compete for gold at the event between 21 May and 1 June across the sport’s five disciplines, namely Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Acrobatic Gymnastics and Trampoline Sports.


The Queensland team comprises of 21 gymnasts from Queensland Gymnastics’ High Performance Centre and an over 230 gymnasts from across the state.


Kym Dowdell, Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer, said the twelve-day event will be an exceptional showcase of Australia’s most elite gymnasts and is confident the Queensland competitors will shine across all disciplines.


“We are delighted to have such a strong Queensland team to take to the Nationals and as always, these events provide a great opportunity for our gymnasts to demonstrate what they are capable of and to impress the judges,” Ms Dowdell said.


This event will also see a number of our senior international athletes vying for places in the Australian Commonwealth Games teams for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics.


The Queensland gymnasts in the running for a place on the Commonwealth team are Michael Mercieca, Mitchell Morgans, Naoya Tsukahara and Mitchell Jones for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics; Georgia Godwin for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics; and Danielle Prince, Scarlett Hankins, Zoe Ormrod, and Katherine Vikulov for Rhythmic Gymnastics.


Our elite junior athletes will also have the chance to compete for a place in the Australian team selection for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games being held in August in China.


“Of course, the title of Australian National Champion is one every gymnast strives for so it’s an exciting event for our team as they have the potential to take home a major title.  We look forward to a very high calibre of competition this year and wish all our gymnasts the best of luck.”


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