WA: The big buzz this past week has been the inaugural Chetkovich Cup. The unique multi-disciplinary WA event has been the talk of the gymnastics world, notably for the move to recognise a participant at the event with a medal named after local legend Allana Slater. The event would also feature a return to the Perth floor for Olympians Lauren Mitchell, Emily Little, Janine Murray and hometown Beaver believer Olivia Vivian.
Over 1,600 people turned up to Challenge Stadium last night to watch the show. When all was said and done, flips flopped and turns twisted, Olivia took home the Slater medal for (quoting Miss Slater herself!) showing "the most entertaining, flamboyant performance", notably her Pink Panther-themed floor routine.
Gymnastics WA has some photos and observations here, and I am sure videos will surface soon.
Georgia Simpson has been rocking and selling Bandana Day fash in support of youth affected by cancer.
VIC: Ashleigh Brennan was once again the toast of the Victorian Women's High Performance Centre with a Q and A held for families and fans. Ash talked about her gymnastics journey all the way up to London 2012, and though I have not seen confirmation, I am told Ashleigh announced her retirement from artistic gymnastics at the session. You can see photos of Ash taking the spotlight here.
You can catch Gymnastics Victoria's profile program on gymsports across the state, that has been airing on Channel 31, right here.
SA: We are not only farewelling QLD's Tom Pichler this year, but his MAG compatriot Sam Offord as well. Sam, pride of Adelaide now retiring with 6 World Championship team experiences under his belt, will be greatly missed.
QLD: Add a date to your calendars before Christmas, funsters! Queensland's High Performance Centre will be hosting an open day for MAG and WAG enthusiasts on December 15th. See more details here.
NSW/ACT: Sydney has been playing host to the Indo-Pacific Trampoline Championships with Australia holding its own against the likes of Japan and Canada. See placegetters here.
Phillippe Rizzo may be retired, but his brother Antoine is still going strong in Masters gymnastics. Check him out at 3:58 of this video courtesy of Gymnastics NSW.
TAS: Speaking of the Indo-Pacs, shout out to Jack Penny, Tasmania's first gymnast to win a men's individual title at the championships. Jack bested Olympic rep Blake Gaudry in the process!
(Jack is centre)
- Australia does not have a representative attending the upcoming Stuttgart or Glasgow world cups
- An AIS/GA squads camp is slated for November 25th
- Applications closed recently for the women's artistic national coach position