Young Aussie Gymnasts secure 4 quota positions at 2018 Youth Olympic Games
Australia has secured four of the five gymnastics quota
spots allocated to the Oceania region for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) – taking
place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October – via the Oceania Continental
Championships, which was held during the 2018 Australian Gymnastics
The National Championships doubled as the quota spot
selection trial for the YOG, with the best age-eligible athletes from both
Australian and New Zealand in Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic and
Trampoline gymnastics vying for qualification.
Gymnasts competed in both competitions - the Australian and Oceanbia Championships simultaneously - with
routines only being performed once, but separate judging panels scores' deciding results in both
While Australia won the lions-share of YOG qualifications,
New Zealand’s Sam Dick did manage to claim the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics spot, with a
dominant performance in Level 9 Under 17 All-Around, top scoring on four of the
six apparatus. Dick finished ahead of the best placed Aussie, New South
Welshman Jack Hall, who was second overall.
In Woman’s Artistic Gymnastics, Queensland’s Kate Sayer took the spot
for Australia in Junior International All-Around, well ahead of New Zealand’s
only competitor, Josephine Chao, who finished 24th overall.
Lidiia Iakovleva made sure Australia won the single spot
available for Rhythmic Gymnastics, as the Queenslander put together stunning
routines with all apparatus, to convincingly claim the All-Around title. The
highest finishing Kiwi, Hannah Moore, ended up in fourth place off the back of
a consistent competition; second out of the age-eligible athletes.
The last two YOG spots were available for Junior
International Trampoline – one for each gender – with New South Wales pair Liam
Christie and Jessica Pickering winning each spot for Australia. It wasn’t easy
though as gymnasts from New Zealand were nipping at the heels of the Aussies through-out,
with Kiwi’s Reegan Laidlaw placing third in Men’s and Amelia Greet finishing
just of the podium in fourth in the Women's event.
Now that the YOG positions have been decided, it is up to
each nation to choose which athlete eventually fills those spots at the Games.
The way the selection process is conducted is left up to that given nation,
meaning that the athlete that won the position may not necessarily take part in
The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held from October 6-18,
featuring 32 sports, including all four Olympic Gymsports, plus four debut sports in
Break-Dancing, Sport Climbing, Karate and Roller Speed Skating.
Men’s Artistic – New Zealand via Sam
– Australia via Kate Sayer QLD
Australia via Lidiia Iakovleva QLD
– Australia via Liam Christie NSW
– Australia via Jessica Pickering NSW