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After two weeks at camp and a World Championships Trial, we just had our second verification on Wednesday and the girls are really looking like a well prepared team. The stability of their programs is getting better day by day. Some of the highlights of the verification & trials are:• Lauren Mitchell’s double twisting Yurchenko gets an incredible amount of air time and distance, I hope the International judges will reward her for that. She is scoring 14.80 for it. Lauren scored a 117.41 over the two-day World’s trial last week in the All Around and achieved the automatic selection score of 116.00.• Emily Little’s STUCK double twisting Yurchenko. Emily is getting a great block off the table and has a very clean & tight twist; she scored a 15.20 for it. Emily achieved the automatic selection score on vault with a 5.8 D-score and a 14.80 or above final score. Emily’s bars are really cleaning up, she is capable of scoring between 13.60-13.90 now, if she sticks her double layout dismount, she could crack the 14+ barrier.• Larrissa Miller’s bars have been the most stable program of all. She must have seen the light after Nationals, because she is all business here at camp. Fit and spitting out complete bar routines time after time. Larrissa has won bars at the last two verification and both day of trials, all with scores between 15.0-15.30. Larrissa also achieved the automatic selection score of a 15.20 on an apparatus. Larrissa will most likely make the floor line up as well, she presented a beautiful floor routine at the trials, opening with a front whip + 2/1 twist front layout, she can score 14+ with that routine.• Ashleigh Brennan has been very stable at camp and her landings on floor are very clean. Stacey Umeh has been working on the performance aspect of her dance and I can’t wait to put it up on the podium. Ashleigh’s beam dismount, double pike, is very high, when she sticks it; she has no deductions as her posture is up and high as well. Ashleigh is getting her groove back on bars too, she will contend for a spot in the line up as well with her double layout dismount. Ashleigh’s vault has been extremely stable, with her two stuck landings on both days of the trial, 13.75.• Georgia Bonora has been the stuck landings queen of the camp; she has really come in good shape. Even though she is only performing a Yurchenko Layout 1/1, it is big and she can stick it, maybe can break 14+. Georgia’s beam routines are very stable and she looks ready to go, with a 6.2 D-Score and she scored 15+ on both days of the trial. Georgia’s bar training has been very good, the best shape I have seen her in the last five years. Shoa Yi Jiang has been up at camp the entire time helping us to stabilize the BEAM TEAM, as this is the apparatus we start on in Delhi.• Georgia Wheeler has the biggest Tkatchev of almost any women I have seen, I love watching her train bars. She swings bars like men’s high bar. Her program is stable and I can’t wait to start adding some massive skills to her bars when she returns from Worlds. Her FF-FF-Double Pike dismount from beam is becoming more and more stable with less and less deductions on her posture on landing.• Emma Dennis is getting fitter by the day. Her stability has also improved over this last week as well. Emma is a good athlete and has a good sense of humour, she keeps us all laughing. Emma’s vault is now starting to get up off the table like it was in 2008, she is getting some serious air time now. Stacey has been working with Emma many sessions to decrease the execution deductions on all of her transitions of floor and beam.• Georgia Simpson is one of the most elegant gymnasts around. Her uneven bar work is “Korkina-like”. Her lines on bars and her flexibility on beam and floor are beautiful. Her 5.7 D-score on beam with a FF-FF-Double Tuck dismount is competitive with anyone on the team now. She just added a Toe on Handstand 1/1 + Tkatchev to take her D-score on bars to the mid-5s. She will be a surprise package to many, but I knew when she had potential when she was the Stage 4 National Champion back in 2006.Last night the CWG Team opened up all of their gear, it was like Christmas. We also debuted the new leotards, they are really beautiful, you will see them at the CWG. The girls are so excited to put them on and perform.
We have a big training session tonight, light Friday morning and then another full verification on Friday night. Saturday we will get some more full routines in and the a light physical conditioning session in on Sunday morning, before we board a bus that will take us to Sydney airport to catch our flight to Delhi. We are all looking forward to the adventure.More later.Peggy Liddick