Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hello Goodbye

Hi all.

Have yourselves a fantastic end of 2014 and start of 2015. Hope it finds you happy and healthy, wherever you are.

I don't know how much I'll be posting here in the new year, I never can tell each month how much gymnastics news I'll have the resources and patience to sit & write about - it almost seems fitting that in the last week of the year we get a bunch of nuggets featuring the senior WAGs.

But I'll definitely still be firing off regular updates at Twitter, as it's quicker and easier to update. It's a great up-to-the-minute resource for the sport. And I'm definitely not disappearing for good.

Thanks for all the support thus far - 6 whole years whAAAATTTTTT!!??

Be excellent to eachother.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Little Miss Media

Dual silver medallist from Glasgow, Mary-Anne Monckton, is featured in two lovely media nuggets of late.

1. Monckton's former Victorian clubmate Ashleigh Brennan is branching out into blogging (wahey!) as part of her journey as a school fitness instructor and physiology Masters student. Her most recent entry features an interview with Mez.

2. She was also interviewed by globe-trotting podcast hosts with the most Gymcastic, talking about her gymnastics career to date and recent injury recovery, including insightful stories from Glasgow and Nanning 2014. Some of them are just so precious!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Flic Flac Flick

Keep your eyes and ears out on the film festival circuit next year...

Image via Collider.com

"The Bronze", an independent American comedy-drama about gymnastics will screen on the opening day of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah! Directed by Brian Buckley and with a screenplay co-written by star Melissa Rauch (pictured above), I read that that it also features one of my favourite comedy performers, Saturday Night Live sketchmistress Cecily Strong!

"In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an American hero after winning the bronze medal for the women’s gymnastics team. Today, she’s still living in her small hometown, washed-up and embittered. Stuck in the past, Hope must reassess her life when a promising young gymnast threatens her local celebrity status."

Sunday, December 7, 2014


It's 12 Noon on Sunday - tune into day 2 of the Mexico Open at the link below!

Em is in first place after day one's 2 apparatus! :)


Update -

Em looks lovely in Commonwealth green and gold starting on beam.

Unfortunately she came off on her bhs loso series and had a big hop forward on her 2.5 twist dismount but was far less shaky than you'd expect for someone's very first meet back. She had nice form in her leaps and single wolf pirouette but there's definitely room for improvement. Final score was 12.600

Floor - fantastic effort for Emily! Using her 2012 music, Em rocked a tucked tsuk, double back tuck, 1/1 to 2/1 twist and STUCCCCCCCCK double pike for 13.350. She seemed a little tired come the last pass but greater stamina will come in time. This was a stellar effort from her and she should be very proud of her four routines!


Wow wow wow. Ginormous congratulations to Emily who has finished 2nd AA in Mexico with 53.550 overall Ahead of the legendary Oksana Chusovitina!

 Images courtesy Abierto Mexicano Facebook

See video of Emily's vault here, bars here, beam here and floor here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vamos Emily!

Best wishes to Emily Little as she returns to international competition for Australia at the 2014 Mexico Open/Abierto Mexicano in the coming days.

 Yes, that's judge and WA gym legend Allana Slater with her!

Participants compete in mixed nation 'pairs', Em has been teamed up with Italy's Paolo Ottavi.

Check the official event Twitter here and Facebook page here, Em features in some photos from the welcome function. Not sure who she's more starstruck about meeting - Oksana Chusovitina or Snoopy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

They Tried To Make Her Go To Rehab....

For those interested in injury rehabilitation in gymnastics, or just plain keen to get inspired, check out dual Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mary-Anne Monckton's youtube channel.

"Mez" Monckton has been updating weekly video instalments of her progress after surgery on a peroneal tendon (ankle) tear. She's been sporting a big ol' boot but that hasn't kept her away from the sport she loves.

Currently 4 weeks in, Mary-Anne's vlogs show her determined regime in and out of the gym, building up muscle strength and getting back into the swing of things on the trampoline and strap bar. We look forward to seeing this gutsy Victorian senior back on the floor in 2015, fitter than ever!

Follow more of Mary-Anne's updates at Twitter.