Monday, June 25, 2012


Two nifty vids to check out today.

One, from the WAG Olympic team announcement in Canberra (includes footage of the team being named, interviews and training).

Two, from MAGs Josh and Tom as they continue their London journey together. Check out their facetime with London-bound Lauren Mitchell!

Edit Wednesday: Have yourself a third! Lauren features in this stunning commercial for Foxtel's Olympics coverage, made by Clemenger BBDO.

How's about a fourth!? See more from the London squad in training in this feature on the Olympic 'Green And Gold Room', and hear Peggy Liddick's take on video analysis in sports.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I couldn't resist.

London Calling: WAG

Congratulations to the female gymnasts selected to represent Australia in London:

Georgia Bonora
Ashleigh Brennan
Emily Little
Larrissa Miller
Lauren Mitchell
Georgia Rose Brown (1st Reserve)
Maryanne Monckton (2nd Reserve)

Do us proud, ladies!

L-R Emily, Ash, Lauren, Coach Peggy Liddick, Sports Minister Kate Lundy, Larrissa, Georgia. 
Pic courtesy Aus Olympic Committee.

Edit 5:50pm Lauren and the team featured in the Channel 10 sports report this evening. We saw Ministers Abbott and Lundy take a tumble on the trampoline and the team getting a happy snap taken (as above). Lauren admitted that she will "see out the rest of the year" after London, then reassess her future in gymnastics.

Gymnastics Australia's release is here.

6:20pm AEST We're about to see the girls on Channel 9's news!

7:30pm The gymnasts also featured on SBS and ABC1 news.

7:40pm Ninemsn article featuring more detail from Peggy Liddick.

 If ever a photo was crying out for a caption....

11pm: International Gymnast online article, including this teaser:

Read "Why I Came Back," a first-person narrative on [Dasha] Joura's comeback, in the July/August issue of International Gymnast Magazine.

  11:40pm Canberra Times article featuring photos from the trial and additional quotes.

Friday 6:30am A nice article on second reserve Maryanne Monckton. Despite missing out she is maintaining a positive outlook for the competitions to come.

12:50pm Interesting take on the media pack that turned up at the AIS.

2:40pm Photos from the announcement day training session + team member solo shots

Saturday, June 16, 2012

London Calling: Trampoline/Artistic

HUGE congrats to Australia's sole selected trampoline gymnast to the London Olympics, South Australian superstar Blake Gaudry!

Lucky Blake, also our current national champion, has been featured on channel 10, 9 and Sky News since the announcement.

Below is his routine from the 2012 Olympic Test Event final.

In other men's gymsport news, episode two of Tom and Josh's Road to London web series is now up:

Not much news out of Camp WAG, I'm afraid, except that the girls had a bonza time at their "80s Night". Gotta let your hair down sometime!

Here's Lauren Mitchell doing just that in a Team Visa downtime segment:

You can 'cheer' for Lauren at

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


You can be forgiven for thinking there might be bad blood between training partners Josh Jefferis and Tom Pichler, given one is now set for Olympic glory and one will watch on from the sidelines.

But the two Sunshine staters are in very good spirits, with a brand new online video series following their journey to London. It's believed they'll be updating weekly, but of course their schedules are pretty packed! Watch the first instalment here:

London Calling WAG Olympic Squad


Following the first Olympic qualification trial held at the 2012 Australian Gymnastic Championships, Gymnastics Australia is pleased to announce a finalist squad of 12 selected to attend a pre-Olympic training camp and second round Olympic nomination competition at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from 11 to 17 June.

The squad as follows in alphabetical order:

1. Georgia Bonora (VIC)
2. Ashleigh Brennan (VIC)
3. Georgia-Rose Brown (VIC)
4. Angela Donald (VIC)
5. Daria Joura (QLD)
6. Emily Little (WA)
7. Larrissa Miller (QLD)
8. Lauren Mitchell (WA)
9. Mary-Ann Monckton (VIC)
10. Chloe Sims (QLD)
11. Olivia Vivian (WA)
12. Georgia Wheeler (VIC)

West Australian gymnast Nikki Chung was forced to remove herself from selection after she sustained an injury to her the deltoid ligament in the ankle and a torn ACL in her knee during warm-ups of the first day of the Championships.
Victorian Zoe Lorenzin has withdrawn from Olympic selection as well, with a stress fracture of the navicula (bone in the foot) that was a diagnosed soon after the completion of the first trial.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June Buds

Best wishes to Christopher Martin and Prashanth Sellathurai, representing Australia at the Maribor World Cup this weekend, and Ghent Challenger Cup in Belgium the following weekend.


Update June 2: Congrats Prashanth! 15.725 on pommel for World Cup gold in Maribor!