The athletes who have been selected for the 2019 MAG National Squad are as follows:
- Misha Koudinov (Tri Star Gymnastics)
- Devy Dyson (Tri Star Gymnastics)
- Kyleab Ellis (Tri Star Gymnastics)
- Jorden O’Connell-Inns (Christchurch School of Gymnastics)
- Luke Dobney (Tri Star Gymnastics)
- Harvey Humber (Counties Manukau Gymnastics)
- Ethan Dick (Tri Star Gymnastics)
- Batu Yazici (North Harbour Gymnastics)
- Jack Williamson (Christchurch School of Gymnastics)
- Dominic Bigsby (Tri Star Gymnastics)
The Squad term is 1 January 2019 – 31 March 2020. Athletes can be added or removed during this term according to international results.
How is the squad put together?
The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) National Squad is for athletes competing senior international. Athletes will be selected into the 2019 Squad using performance criteria achieved at key events. The 2019 Squad will be named in November 2018 using 2018 events. Athletes can also be selected into the Squad during 2019 if they achieve the performance criteria at 2019 events. These key events are as follows:
NZ Qualifying Events
- CSG Classic – July 2018 (2019 tbc)
- Mason Gillespie – July 2018 and 2019
- Auckland Manukau Championships – July 2018 and 2019
- 2018 NZ Gymnastics Championships – October 2018 and 2019
- World Cup Melbourne – February 2018 and 2019
- Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – April 2018
- Pacific Rim Championships – April 2018
- Australian Championships – May 2018 and 2019
- World Championships – October 2018
- World Cup Cottbus – November 2018
To be selected, athletes should meet one of the following:
- Meet three or more start values and corresponding scores in table 1; or
- Meet one of the apparatus scores in table 2; or
- Meet two of the apparatus scores in table 3; or
- Squad 360 athletes competing Under 18 in 2018 can gain automatic qualification.
Does this mean athletes automatically make the team?
No. Being part of the squad means you are a targeted athlete, but depending on the competition, there may be other criteria to be met before a team is announced.
So what does part of the Squad mean?
As part of the national squad, you will be invited to attend training sessions/camps with other squad athletes and coaches, as well as lectures and other learning opportunities for both athletes and their coaches.