Mercieca secures Rio Test Event spot
1 March 2016
GYMNASTICS: Michael Mercieca has been selected to represent Australia at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janerio in April, in a bid to secure himself a position to represent Australia in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) competition at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Mercieca displayed two consistent All-Around performances at the selection trials held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last weekend, hitting all 12 routines and leading the field at the end of both days one and two of competition.
Mercieca, who is originally from Queensland and now trains at the National Centre of Excellence in Canberra, will be one of 40 individual competitors to
take to the floor in the Olympic host city from April 16 to 18, with between 29 and 32 athletes (depending on the results of the team competition) securing a berth to compete in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.
The weekend’s results were extremely pleasing for Mercieca, having to overcome a number of injuring in the past six months to return to competition
fitness. His coach Sergei Chinkar from the NCE will accompany him to Rio in April.
Victoria’s Luke Wadsworth was named as the reserve athlete for the Olympic Test Event. After finishing in equal third All-Around on day one of competition, an improved performance on day two saw him move up to second position in the combined All-Around standings.
The overall standard of competition was pleasing to all involved in the weekend’s selection trials, which also doubled as the trial for the team to attend
the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships. Ten gymnasts trialled on day one of competition, and whist only five made it through to day two of competition
(where the athlete to attend the Olympic Test Event was selected from), all athletes were considered for the Pacific Rim team.
The MAG team who will travel to the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, which will be held in Everett, Washington in the USA, from April 8 to 12 are:
Michael Mercieca (NCE – QLD)
Luke Wadsworth (VIC, High Performance Centre)
Mitchell Morgans (NCE – QLD)
Luke Wiwatowski (NCE – VIC)
Chis Remkes (NCE – SA)
Scott Costin (QLD, Brisbane Grammar School)