GYMNASTICS AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 2020 WORLD CUP TEAM
Gymnastics Australia is excited to announce the athletes who will represent Australia at the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) Individual Apparatus Artistic Gymnastics World Cup taking place in Melbourne this week, February 20-23.
The world class event returns to Melbourne for its final year of a four-year cycle.
Over 40 countries and 100 athletes will take part in the 2020 World Cup that serves as one of the final qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympics in July.
Tyson Bull and Georgia Godwin, who both earned Olympic quota spots with their 2019 World Championship results, will headline the Australian Team alongside Mitchell Morgans, Georgia-Rose Brown and Emma Nedov.
Gymnastics Australia CEO Kitty Chiller said the event is a fantastic opportunity for the Australian athletes to compete on the world stage as they eye quota places for the Tokyo Games.
“Our athletes have had a fantastic training preparation at the Australian Institute of Sport and are ready to show their best,” Ms Chiller said.
“Competing against the best in the world and in front of a hometown crowd, will give them an extra boost in this important event.”
Georgia Godwin, who has already secured her quota spot for the Tokyo Olympic Games, said she was excited to be heading back to Melbourne.
“In the lead-up to the Olympics, it’s important for me to get as much international competition experience as possible and to have my first competition of 2020 in Melbourne is awesome.” Godwin said.
In a remarkable comeback, MAG athletes Clay Stephens and Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Chris Remkes will both makes their first appearances on the international stage less than 12 months after having sustained serious knee injuries.
“To be able to make my international comeback just 10 months after my second ACL reconstruction is something I am very proud of,” Stephens said.
“To be able to do so in front of a home Australian crowd in Melbourne makes it extra special.
“This event will provide me with extra exposure to the wild environment of elite international gymnastics. You can never have enough exposure to this kind of high-level competition. It is thrilling and addictive, as well as pivotal in my preparation toward my Olympic Games qualification in April.”
Currently ranked number one in the world on Balance Beam on the World Cup circuit, Emma Nedov said she was embracing the experience of returning to Melbourne and the pressure that came with it.
“I’m excited,” Nedov said.
“It’s a competition with an awesome atmosphere. It’s important for me to try and use these next three events to gain points to qualify for Tokyo so I’m a little nervous and feeling the pressure but I’m looking forward to getting out there.”
Despite the pressure to earn qualifying points, Gymnastics Australia’s National Performance Director Andrew Logan highlighted that the competition was critical for every athlete in their preparation for what is ahead in 2020.
“The Melbourne World Cup is a unique opportunity for every athlete to gain crucial experience and competition readiness against a strong international field.” Logan said.
“Even for those athletes who have already earned a quota place, this event is a chance to fine tune skills and ensure they are ready for the incredible challenge ahead.
“We know our athletes have the potential to reach podiums in 2020 and the World Cup is an event where that potential is challenged, and they can perform at their best.”
Also heading to Tokyo for the Games in July, local superstar Tyson Bull said that competing in his town again was going to be something special.
“Living in Canberra, I think the best thing is seeing so many familiar faces,” Bull said.
“Sometimes it can be a little added pressure, but that’s something I need to be able to handle if I’m to achieve my aspirations of a final and podium in Tokyo.
“It’s an opportunity to experiment with a few upgrades and different routines. After the World Cup series there is only a handful of competitions before the Games, so it’s really important to make the most of these opportunities at the start of the year.”
The athletes and support staff will travel to Melbourne on Tuesday ahead of the event, with a record crowd expected across all four days.
Competition begins at Melbourne Arena on Thursday 20th February at 6pm AEDT.
MEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
James Bacueti (VT)
Tyson Bull (HB)
Marcus Casamento (FX)
Mitchell Morgans (HB, PB)
Chris Remkes (PH)
Clay Stephens (PB, SR, FX)
Michael Tone (PH)
Head of Delegation: Andrew Logan
Team Manager: John Curtin
Head Coach: Vlad Vatkin
Coach: Sean Wilson
Coach: Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons
WOMEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
Georgia Godwin (BB, FX, VT, UB)
Emma Nedov (BB)
Georgia Rose Brown (UB)
Breanna Scott (FX)
Kate McDonald (Reserve)
Head of Delegation: Andrew Logan
Team Manager: Mary Schumacher
Coaches: Mikhail (Misha) Barabach, Alexandr (Sasha) Belooussov, Zhen Zhang