About High Performance

High Performance gymnastics refers to the section of the sport which is devoted to the pursuit of excellence and achievement of medals at the highest international level. Pinnacle events for Australia include the Olympic Games, World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

Gymnastics Australia works in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport, State Institutes and Academies of Sport, State Associations and High Performance gymnastics programs to create a system capable of delivering international sporting success.

Resources in the High Performance area are concentrated on the development of Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics, as these are the four gymsports which offer a pathway to the Olympic Games. Gymnastics Australia also supports National Squads and National Teams in Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics.

Talented young individuals who have been identified as having the potential to perform at international level are directed towards High Performance programs which have the capability to provide the specialised training, resources and support required.

Gymnastics Australia’s High Performance staff lead this area with activities including:

  • System structure, development and operation
  • National competitions
  • National training camps
  • National team tours
  • Coach and judge education

Success is only possible by adopting a rigorous approach, totally directed towards the achievement of excellence.

Contact your State Association Member for further information on programs or clubs which are linked to the High Performance pathway.

Australia's High Performance Gymnastics Champions

Philippe Rizzo
2006 World Championships Gold medallist (High Bar)
7 Commonwealth Games individual medals

Lauren Mitchell
2010 World Championships Gold medallist (Floor)
7 Commonwealth Games medals

Prashanth Sellathurai
2006 World Championships Silver medallist (Pommel Horse)
2009 and 2010 World Championships Bronze medallist (Pommel Horse)

Monette Russo
2003 World Championships Bronze medallist (Team)
2005 World Championships Bronze medallist (All Around)


Naazmi Johnston

2008 Olympic Games Ranked 22nd All Around
5 Commonwealth Games medals

Ji Wallace

2000 Olympic Games Silver medallist
1996 World Championships Gold medallist (Double Mini)