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.


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.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

No But Seriously

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THIS TREMENDOUS COVERAGE OF NSW STATES?

I CAN'T STOP YELLING ABOUT THIS SHEER BRILLIANCE.

THIS IS WHAT AN UNTELEVISED MEET SHOULD BE.

LIVE WEBSTREAM CUTTING BETWEEN THE GYMS TO SHOW DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES. A BIG BOLDED LINK TO EASILY-UNDERSTANDABLE PAGE FOR SCHEDULE, RESULTS, LIVE TWEETS AND INSTAGRAM LINKS ALL DILIGENTLY UPDATED. AND THE FOOTAGE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO REVISIT AFTER THE COMPETITION.

I...

I NEED TO SIT DOWN...

and take a breath....




Sunday, March 30, 2014

There's Something About Mary-Anne

Sometimes big surprises come in little packages.

While Lauren Mitchell gave Australia it's second 4th placing of the Doha Challenger World Cup (nothing to sniff at of course, it's a pretty A+ new floor routine!), it was dark horse senior Mary-Anne Monckton who hung on for our only medal of the competition, and her first at a World Cup. PB's don't come much better than an international silver medal.


With a 14.700, Mez placed second to Larisa Iordache, and as you can see in the video above gave a performance more than worthy of being alongside the popular Romanian. We hope to see her give this kind of performance at the state and national championships, as the road to Rio swings by Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.







Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Doha Double Acts

Victorian Women's High Performance Centre revealed today that the fourth senior joining Lauren Mitchell, Olivia Vivian and Mary-Anne Monckton in Doha is..... ALEX EADE!

Alex and Mary-Anne have arrived safely and look psyched for the competition!


Update Friday:

You win some, you lose some. After putting in a great effort to qualify second, Olivia managed 4th in the uneven bars final after taking an extra swing and losing form. In true Liv style, she has remained upbeat and philosophical about her finish. Heck, she danced on the sidelines before her score even flashed up! Victoria's Alex Eade unfortunately finished well out of contention on floor but will surely only get better from here.

Lauren and Mary-Anne will compete their finals overnight, floor and beam respectively, here's hoping they can replicate or better their top-4 rankings from qualifying.

You can read Olivia's "Doha Diaries" here and here.

Apparently the competition is being livestreamed via dohagym.com

Saturday, March 22, 2014

JESOLO 2014 LIVE!

.... Will be happening right here, so watch that countdown clock!

While this Twitter is updating scores -- if you're reading this at 9pm Saturday they're doing it RIGHT NOW! GO GO GO GO GO GO!

Update 12:40am: Unfortunately I won't be staying up to watch the senior competition.

I can tell you, however that Australia's juniors had a mixed bag of a day, finishing in 5th place as a team. Results courtesy of the Italian Gymnastics Federation can be found here.

Update Sunday: Good morning!

Rewatch the coverage from the senior team and AA event here.

The introduction of the gymnasts is particularly interesting. Instead of marching in behind flags on poles, the athletes walk out behind flagbearers carrying their flag aloft as though it were a military ceremony. Then, an excerpt of each country's national anthem is played before they are sent off to start rotations.

The senior team finished in 4th. Australia's highest AA finisher was Kiara Munteanu in 9th. I have had a quick skip through the footage, I landed on more Aussies in the second half of it then the first so I'll go back and watch in full later today. Kiara stood up her double arabian like an absolute pro (but the same unfortunately can't be said for the punch tuck half on beam, eeeeesh) and Alex Eade has a fun new floor!

A Couch Gymnast wrap up is here. Full results can be seen here.

Update 9:45pm Sunday - apparatus finals happening right now, right here!


You Aint Seen The Last Of Lauren

International Gymnast have just posted a catch-up with Lauren Mitchell who confirms her participation in, and expectations for, next week's Doha World Cup.

 "At this point in time I have put different skills in my routines to fit into the new Code of Points, which I haven't yet competed with," Mitchell said. "In terms of peaking, I'm not planning to peak at this competition as I still have to compete later on in the year, that I want to be fit and healthy for."

And if you see my Jesolo post below, you will find a link to a brand new video of Lauren's coach Martine George advising that Loz's control tests, being filmed and sent to her from back home, are "looking good".

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Livin' La Vita Bella

Best wishes to the Aussie delegation bound for next weekend's City of Jesolo Trophy competition.

VWHPC has posted this photo with a shout-out to the Victorian athletes (including an addition to the lineup, or possibly a travelling reserve, in the form of Alex Eade).



As two Waverley gymnasts embark on their first international outing, the club farewelled one of its superstars. In this brief video, John and Shao-Yi and a gym full of admiring youngsters say some kind words and watch on as Georgia Bonora performs an uneven bars skill for the very last time.

Best wishes to all as they head off on new adventures...

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Like Waverley Gymnastics on Facebook to see some photos of the team out and about in Italy. They look darn good in a gondola!


The Italian Gymnastics Federation will reportedly livestream the competition at their Youtube channel right here.

Friday - Aussie coach Martine George took some time out to speak with Gymnastike about Australia's journey to Jesolo after disappointment in London, including upgrades and seniors to watch out for.