Friday, July 25, 2014

Glasgow 2014: Rhythmic Teams

Despite some absolutely beautiful routines and determination to see each one through to the very last beat, Australia's statuesque rhythmic gymnastics trio were not able to defend the Commonwealth title from 2010.

Dani, Amy and Jaelle finished a commendable fifth overall with 126.725, some minor errors seeing them slip behind longtime rivals Canada, history-makers Wales, Malaysia and England.

I was not able to catch all of the broadcast last night or this morning, but enjoyed what I saw of Danielle's stunning ball and ribbon routines in full. What a stunner.

The results can be viewed here (it even lists their music!), click on team or competitor names for further information. You can also relive a few routines from the arena thanks to coach Danielle LeRay!



The great news is we get to see Jaelle and Dani take to the floor again in the individual all-around final which should get underway on OneHD/TenPlay Glasgow 2 very, very shortly!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Glasgow 2014: Let The Games Begin!

I don't know about you guys, but I am as jumpy as a wee terrier to see these games get underway after such a fun opening ceremony!

Tonight we get our first look at Australia's gymnastics campaign, with Dani Prince, Jaelle Cohen and Amy Quinn strutting their stuff in the rhythmic team event (that doubles as apparatus finals qualification).

You can watch live on One (or Channel 10 if Masterchef doesn't run hours overtime!), or on a device using TenPlay from 9pm AEST.

GO GIRLS GO!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Commonwealth Comin' Atcha

Best wishes to our defending Commonwealth champion women's artistic gymnastics team who are on their way to bonnie Glasgae!

To sport these training leos!

To hang out in these groovy rooms!

And duke it out with some of the world's best in THIS VENUE!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Viva Glas Vegas!

Faster than a haggis hitting the hotplate, the 2014 Commonwealth Games are almost upon us, and Australia's artistic and rhythmic gymnasts are right in the thick of it.

In the last 24 hours, Australia's female team spoke with the media in Canberra, while the men did their hard yards over in London, both delegations - looking to defend their first place finishes from Delhi - excited and determined.

We have also had two birthdays during the training period: Olivia and Larrissa, congrats ladies!

Below are some details of the competition schedule as well as news features on our competitors which are bound to keep rolling in as the event draws closer.


- 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES - 

Women's artistic team
Men's artistic team (amended from announcement at nationals)
Rhythmic team

Daily schedule from the BBC
Schedule in AEST from Gymnastics Australia whose hashtag is #UnlochGym

For some reason they have split the qualifiers over two days of disciplines (a la apparatus finals in a standard competition). Do you like insomnia? I know I do!


Media appearances as of July 16:
* Olivia on Today Tonight WA and the Gymcastic Podcast
* Olivia for PerthNow
* Olivia/Lauren for Fairfax Media (includes photo gallery of team)
* Lauren for Sydney Morning Herald
* Lauren Mitchell for Women's Health - "behind the scenes" at Motivation photoshoot
* Larrissa Miller for International Gymnast
* Greg Corsiglia and men's team
* Jayden Bull for International Gymnast
* Jaelle Cohen for The Today Show (begin awkward turtles............ now.)



Social Media - Official, and current/former Commonwealth gymnasts:
* Gymnastics Australia
* Glasgow 2014
* Maryanne Monckton
* Olivia Vivian
* Larrissa Miller
* Allana Slater
* Luke Wiwatowski


'STRAYA!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

National Treasure

You guys. YOU. GUYS.

National Champs kicks off this week! Aw mah gaw!

This morning I boarded an earlier train than usual in town and I am extremely glad for it. Who should be smiling up at me from inside an abandoned Herald Sun but the lovely ladies of Victoria!


Not to be outdone, past champions Lauren Mitchell and Olivia Vivian recently made the back page in WA and recorded a segment alongside Jayden Bull on Studio10 to promote the event.

Women's national coach Peggy Liddick, pictured below with Queensland hopefuls at this morning's training session, spoke to International Gymnast recently, discussing the crop of new seniors vying for Commonwealth Games and World Championship team selection during this week's rounds of competition.

Image credit: QWHPC

Yours truly will be attending the two sessions of Senior and Junior artistic apparatus finals, camera in hand to capture the action. I promise not to neglect the MAGs so much this year! So quick hits and score updates will pretty much be only during rotation changes and wait periods. I figure you guys would rather see than read anyway!

GA have announced that blue-ribbon sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be livestreamed at gymnastics.org.au, and a highlights package aired on digital station One in July. The livestreaming in particular will be a great opportunity for our international friends to tune in to Australia's progress so spread the word!

Monday, April 21, 2014

You Only Liv Twice

There are athletes and there are fighters.

 A ginormous congratulations to Olivia Vivian, who has become the second Australian gymnast this year to score a maiden World Cup medal overseas.

Liv overcame a hand injury sustained during her guest performance at the recent Victorian state championships to snaffle a medal on uneven bars. I can't seem to find results or reports anywhere but her instagram update breaking the news makes it look like 3rd (bronze)? Either way, a podium finish is a tremendous effort from the girl who never gives up.

Read her thoughts on the ups and downs of the event here.


John Orozco enjoys a Tango Del Livvy!
(photo courtesy of Olivia herself)


Update Monday evening: We have results!

Vivian 3rd on bars, Mitchell 4th and Vivian 5th on floor.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pacific Rim (minus robots and seamonsters)

At last, at last, another Pacific Rim Championships is upon us!

Australia's gymnasts have arrived in Richmond and been training strongly. You can see some videos of the women's artistic team courtesy of Gymnastike if you click through from here. I'm thrilled to see Kiara Munteanu stand up her barani on beam, and just plain delighted by the prima ballerinitude that is Yasmin Collier.

There's also a video of what I'm fairly certain is Luke Wiwatowski training floor here and high bar here. I think it's the haircut that's throwing me!

The event will be livestreamed here. Richmond is 17 hours behind Melbourne time (7pm Wednesday here = 2am Wednesday there)


Happy early easter! From Mischa Barabach and a random rabbit.


Update Sunday: 

When all is said and done, we've had a lot of fun.

Australia didn't walk away from Richmond with the swag of medals it hoped for, but there was certainly an impressive effort put out on the floor.

An absolutely huge "Onya!" has to go to our gold medallists:


 - Clay Stephens, junior men's vault
- Abbie Watts and Jayden Cooney (yes, sister of Ashley!), junior women's synchro trampoline

As well as our minor, but by no means insignificant, medallists:

- Georgia Rose-Brown, senior women's uneven bars (bronze)
- Men's trampoline team (bronze)
- Hugh McConnell and Dominic Clarke, junior men's synchro trampoline (silver)
-  Dominic Clarke, junior men's individual trampoline (bronze)

Unfortunately Australia came up empty-handed in rhythmic gymnastics, but commentators had very encouraging and admiring words for our ladies in their coverage. I am currently listening back to them gushing over the start of Danni Prince's ribbon routine!

Gymnastike caught up with Georgia Rose Brown, Kiara Munteanu and Peggy Liddick after the women's team/AA round of competition. Smiles all round!

A brief post-meet interview with golden boy Clay can be seen here.

I'll update other media as it comes to hand.

A reminder that footage from the meet's livestream can be viewed here.