Gaudry lands ninth national title
30 May 2014
TRAMPOLINE: Blake Gaudry from South Australia has landed his ninth national title in the senior men's individual trampoline final at the 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.
Gaudry scored 55.535, followed closely by Matthew Weal from NSW (54.985) and Jack Penny (TAS) 54.875. The 2012 London Olympian who was originally from NSW will return on Saturday to chase his tenth title in the men's synchronised trampoline final.
Gaudry was just 20 at his debut Olympics when he placed 13th.
In the women's individual trampoline final at the 2014 Nationals, Claire Arthur from South Australia took the national title with a score of 50.215. Leanne Van Rensburg (NSW) took the silver medal (49.130) and Korri Loader (QLD) the bronze (48.990).
The Australian Gymnastics Championships continues until Sunday featuring trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics.
Prince up for rhythmic challenge at national championships
Queensland star Danielle Prince knows the challenge to her reign at the top of Australian rhythmic gymnastics is coming and she expects it to be at its strongest when senior competition gets underway at the national championships at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Friday (30/5) night.
Prince, 21, dominated last year's Australian Gymnastics Championships, winning the all-around title for the second time as well as all four individual apparatus titles.
Runner-up to Prince in every event in 2013 was Sydney-based Jaelle Cohen.
Prince says Cohen, Western Australia's Amy Quinn and Victorian Taylor Tirahardjo are some of the athletes who are in good form leading into this event and all could make it difficult for her to repeat her clean-sweep.
At the recent Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Canada, Cohen outperformed Prince in the ball final, while Tirahardjo had a better score in the hoop final.
Western Australia's Neisha Rizzo and Queensland's Zoe Omrod will also be strong contenders.
Prince, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 2010, proved that she is also in excellent form leading into the event when she won all five gold medals on offer at the Queensland championships two weeks ago.
Adding to the pressure on all senior athletes competing in rhythmic gymnastics at the national championships is the lure of securing one of three places on the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games team. The event acts as the Commonwealth Games trial.
"I think it is tough competition this year, particularly with a little bit more pressure with Commonwealth Games selection," Prince said.
"With that added pressure comes a few more nerves, but you just have to trust all of your preparation coming into the event."
Prince is the only member of the Australian line-up that claimed team gold at the last Commonwealth Games who is still competing.
Both Naazmi Johnston — who won three gold and two silver medals at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games — and Janine Murray have retired.
The qualifying round for rhythmic gymnastics at the Australian Gymnastics Championships will be staged during the premium session on Friday 30 May from 6.30pm.
The finals are on Sunday 1 June from 1.00pm following which the athletes selected to represent Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be announced.