2018 World Champs Wrap Up

Anna RobertsonCompetitive Gymnastics, e-News, International

This last term has seen teams from Rhythmic, Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics represent New Zealand at their respective World Championships. A huge congratulations to all those athletes who were selected and competed.  A special thanks to all the officials who travelled with the athletes for your help and support both pre tour and on tour.

This year saw some really good results from a number of our athletes. These included:

Rhythmic – Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Senior Group (Xtreme Rhythmix) placed 34th.  The group consisted of Paige Grant-Huggett, Izabella Jurlina, Hannah Kelly, Fleur Lyons, Katherine Paton and Abbey Retter
  • Stella Ebert (Xtreme Rhythmix) – 101st All-around with a best placing of 89th in clubs.

Artistic – Doha, Qatar

  • Maia Fishwick (Tri Star Gymnastics) – 85th all-around with a best placing of 70th on beam
  • Charlotte Ryan (Tri Star Gymnastics) – 118th all-around with a best placing of 18th on vault
  • Isabella Brett (Christchurch School of Gymnastics) – 120th all-around with a best placing of 127th on beam

The above women’s team placed 38th.

A special mention to Caitlin Todd (Tri Star Gymnastics) who was selected to the World Championships team but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

  • Ethan Dick (Tri Star Gymnastics) – 63rd all-around with a best placing of 73rd on floor
  • Devy Dyson (Tri Star Gymnastics) – 75th all-around with a best placing of 63rd on rings
  • Misha Koudinov (Tri Star Gymnastics) – best placings of 88th and 95th on p-bar and high bar respectively
  • Kyleab Ellis (Tri Star Gymnastics) – best placing of 24th on vault
  • Jorden O’Connell-Inns (Christchurch School of Gymnastics) – best placing of 31st on pommel

The above men’s team placed 29th.  Because neither Australia (26th) or NZ finished in the top 24 in the Team event, an Oceania Championships will take place in May 2019 to determine who can compete in the Team competition at World Championships 2019, and continue on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification pathway.  

Trampoline – St Petersburg, Russia

  • Maddie Davidson (Olympia Gymnastic Sports) – 13th overall – Womens Individual
  • Alexa Kennedy (Icon Trampoline) – 45th overall – Womens Individual and 15th on DMT
  • Maddie and Alexa: 14th overall – Womens Synchro
  • Bronwyn Dibb (Ice Trampoline) – 7th overall on DMT after qualifying for the final in 6th place.

Congratulations not only to the above athletes, but to all athletes and officials who represented New Zealand at performance and participation events this year.  We very much look forward to see more home action on that world stage in 2019.