Gymnastics Australia announces MAG and WAG teams for 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships




Gymnastics Australia is excited to announce the Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics teams that will travel to Doha, Qatar to represent Australia at the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) 48th edition of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships later this month.

Not only is the World Championships the pinnacle of gymnastics competition the world over, but the 2018 edition of the event will also serve as the first qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Chris Remkes (SA / National Centre of Excellence - Canberra / SA High Performance Centre)
Clay Stephens (SA / University of Illinois / SA High Performance Centre)
Mitchell Morgans (QLD / National Centre of Excellence - Canberra / GQ MAG High Performance Centre)
Scott Costin (QLD / Brisbane Grammar School)
Tyson Bull (VIC / University of Illinois / VIC Men’s High Performance Centre)
Heath Thorpe (QLD / GQ MAG High Performance Centre)

*Please note that only five gymnasts per country are permitted to compete at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships – these five will be selected from the abovementioned six athletes once they have completed their final podium training session in Doha.

Officials
Head of Delegation: Andrew Logan
Team Manager:  John Curtin
Head Coach: Vlad Vatkin
Assistant Coach(es): Jack Coates, Daniel Ribeiro
Judge(s): Paul Szyjko, Rohan Kennedy
Physiotherapist: Stephanie Woodhouse                                 

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Georgia-Rose Brown (QLD / GQ WAG High Performance Centre)
Alexandra Eade (VIC / National Centre of Excellence-Melbourne / Resilience Gymnastics)
Rianna Mizzen (QLD / GQ WAG High Performance Centre)
Emma Nedov (NSW / Sydney Gymnastics and Aquatic Centre)
Emily Whitehead (VIC / Waverley Gymnastics Centre)
Non-travelling reserve: Kiara Munteanu (VIC / Waverley Gymnastics Centre)

Officials
Head of Delegation: Andrew Logan
Team Manager: Emma Cocks
Head Coach: Mihai Brestyan
Coach(es): Misha Barabach, John Hart, Zhen Zhang, Qinghau Yang
Judge(s): Trisha Hade, Desiree Jones
Physiotherapist: Kate McGillivray 

Gymnastics Australia’s Director of Performance Strategy and Engagement, Andrew Logan, said that he is confident Australia has put forward the best possible team to be competitive on the world stage.

“We confident as to the level of performance this team can display in Doha, but are also being realistic about our goals for this year’s World Championships.  Our aim is progression and qualification for Tokyo 2020, for which the next step in qualifying both a Men’s and Women’s team for the 2019 World Championships.

“Having everyone together at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra prior to departure for Doha provides an optimal environment for head and personal coaches to work together with the athletes in pursuit of our team goals,” Logan continued.

The Men’s team will leave for Doha tomorrow, whilst the Women’s team will depart on Wednesday.

Competition in the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships commences at Doha’s Aspire Dome on Thursday 25 October.