THE recent Australian Championships for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics were Tasmania’s most successful national championships in history.
Members from the Hobart Gymnastics Academy (in Hurst Street Bridgewater) were part of the Tasmanian team. They were Jade Davidson, Micaela Maui, and Olivia Burnett. Danielle Berry also accompanied the team in the role of head coach.
Micaela and Jade both competed within the Level 8 competition, in which Tasmania was able to field a full team of six gymnasts for the first time. Both gymnasts gave solid performances during the team competition achieving their top scores for their outstanding floor routines. The Tasmanian Level 8 Team created history during this competition winning the bronze medal, which was Tasmania¹s first ever medal in the team competition at a national championships. Micaela also successfully qualified for day two of competition finishing a respectable 32nd overall in the individual part of the competition.
Olivia (Liv) was Tasmania¹s sole competitor in the Level 10 competition, and was competing in her 10th national Championships a great achievement in itself. She completed a stunning first day of completion achieving three personal best scores on vault, beam and floor, and subsequently qualified for day two of competition. Liv was able to produce four excellent routines on day 2 finishing in eighth place overall. However the highlight for her competition was performing amazing floor routines on both days of competition that saw her win the gold medal at level 10 and being award national champion for the floor apparatus.