Friday, September 30, 2011
So here's where AGB starts cranking into overdrive. Caffeinated beverages and aviator hat at the ready! There are a number of ways to follow the team's progress, so I hope you have a pen handy...
1. Right here. Or at my Twitter account. I'll be updating as time and resources permit, and welcome your contributions in the comments. That said, I will be firmly moderating discussions, so be advised that your inappropriate comment may be deleted. I can't stress this enough: I'm all for open-mindedness, but if you wish to use colourful or discriminatory language, or have something not backed up by an official gymnastics source, please PLEASE take it elsewhere. Having to break up fights really brings down the tone of the site.
I hope to have the kind of as-it-happens excitement we had during the last two World Championships. It was fun, and it was great to see so many supporters of Aussie gym showing their spirit. Here's hoping we get the kind of results to cheer and type in capitals about!
2. Gymnastics Australia who will be working their hardest to outdo the likes of British Gymnastics with frequent social media updates (jussayin'. GB are a hard act to follow!) so check out
- Their homepage
- Their Twitter
- Their Facebook page
3. Officials and On-The-Scene
- OFFICIAL Tokyo 2011 Event Page
- OFFICIAL FIG Tokyo Event Page
- International Gymnast (usually updates live)
- The All Around (usually updates live)
- VWHPC Facebook Page
- The Couch Gymnast
- The Gymnastics Examiner (usually updates live)
- Full Twist
- Universal Sports
Got all that? Great! I hope you'll be having 200 tabs open at any one time, like me!
Now, with regard to livestreaming sources, we can consider any of the following sites dutifully suggested by other gymfans:
Sportv 2: http://www.zuumptv.com/2010/06/sportv2.html
or anywhere that can give us a non-geoblocked BBC or Universal Sports stream... but I'll keep you posted.
Just to get you that bit more excited, here's a thing.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Check my latest tweet (Twitter link at right) for a link to a new radio interview with Lauren Mitchell from camp in Canberra.
Edit: Speaking of camp, this morning we have a brief training camp update from our MAG and WAG teams in Canberra, over at GA.
The girls are in good shape and not anything unexpected from the Physio reports. We will depart on Friday and are looking forward to arriving in Tokyo."
"The Men's team have been fine tuning their routines at training camp this week. The gymnasts are maintaining a good positive focus on the job at hand and are looking great as a team.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we also have an additional brief word from Peggy on the team trial and Lauren's championship defense chances at IG here.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Soon-to-be Oregon State senior (!) Olivia Vivian celebrated All-American honours for her bars work last season, and has had some pre-2012 season fun with her team on a rafting trip.
Shona Morgan was given All-American academic honours (!!) over at Stanford and had fun on Play Day.
And, after a long period of injury, Monique Blount has been made a captain(!!!) for the upcoming season over at George Washington University.
Onya girls. Australia is so proud of you.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wrap up your weekend with news of the men's world championship team!
Best of luck to...
Reserves: Simpson, Bull, Merceica
Echoing the women's team with two-team-members-sharing-initials!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Woohoo! A timely GA update allows us to heartily congratulate...
Georgia Rose Brown!
(res: Nikki Chung and Georgia Wheeler!)
Check scores and standings at GA.
Onya, girls! Good luck in camp, see you on the other side.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Coverage of women’s sport makes up 9% of all sports coverage in Australian television news and current affairs, while male sport makes up 81%.
Horse racing alone receives more airtime that all women’s sport combined, making up the other 10% of all coverage.
Read the rest of Damien Johnson's worthwhile opinion piece [namechecking Lauren Mitchell] here.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"For us, the world championships are not about individual achievement, but rather putting a team into the top 16. So whether or not I fit into that team of six gymnasts is up to the selectors."
Monday, September 12, 2011
A driving test won't practise for itself, work shopping doesn't do itself (and it'll be cold day in hell before a roast lunch prepares itself).
Some great results coming out of the Commonwealth Youth Games, as Australia claims hardware in all three colours!
According to a GA update, we ended the competition with...
Individual All Around Placings: 12th (Declan Stacey), 14th (Kent Pieterse), 5th (Emma Nedov), 9th (Maddie Leydin)
Bronze - Australia WAG team, Australia MAG team
Silver - Rings (Tyson Bull)
GOOOLLLLDDDDD!!!! - Beam (Emma Nedov), Men's floor (Declan Stacey)
GA has some cracking photos up at Facebook.
For full results, head to the Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games website (link posted in my previous post).
Congrats to the Aussie delegation who battled a long trip and niggling injuries to do us proud on the international stage.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
And speaking of people going places, best of luck to our Junior Commonwealth Games team who yesterday departed for the Isle of Man! I promise not to make any The Fast Show jokes*.
*ask your parents.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Jayden and Luke have been making their mark on the Aussie lineup since their inclusion in the Pacific Rim Championships last year.
Good luck, fellas!