Commonwealth Games - Women's Artistic Gymnastics wrap-up
Australia’s Women’s Artistic team have produced an exceptional Commonwealth Games campaign, headlined by the stunning performances of Georgia Godwin, who took home five medals, and Kate McDonald winning gold at her first Games.
Godwin’s exceptional games began with the team final, where she, along with teammates Emily Whitehead, Breanna Scott, Kate McDonald and Romi Brown, went toe-to-toe with host nation England in their quest for team Gold.
It was an entertaining display of gymnastics, with Australia and England battling for the top spot whilst competing in the same subdivision. Ultimately, it was England who triumphed, scoring 161.500 to Australia’s 158.000, giving our team the Silver medal.
Less than 24 hours later, Georgia and Emily were back on the floor, competing in the All-Around final. After eight years on the national team, Georgia finally sealed the title of All-Around Champion, scoring an impressive 53.550 to triumph over crowd favourite and hometown teen, Ondine Achampong (53.000) and Canada’s Emma Spence (52.350).
It was the Queenslanders Balance Beam routine which proved the difference, with a stunning score of 13.750 seeing her surge ahead of the competition, setting herself up for her first ever Commonwealth Games title. The Beam truly was the game changer throughout the final. With British favourite Alice Kinsella falling during her routine, it opened the door for Georgia to take the lead, which she then held through a triumphant Floor routine to the soundtrack; fittingly, of Michael Buble’s ‘Feeling Good’. Emily also put together a strong performance, finishing in 12th place overall with a score of 47.650.
The following day, Georgia’s run of medals continued, this time a Gold in the Vault Individual Apparatus Final, when she scored 13.233 as an average across her two vaults in the final.
Going into the final day of competition, all eyes remained on Australian gymnastics golden girl but it was Victorian Kate McDonald who surprised herself, and the rest of the competition, securing her debut Commonwealth Games Gold Medal on Beam. An incredibly polished routine from McDonald saw her score 13.466 a day after her 22nd birthday, capturing the hearts of the Birmingham crowd.
The final apparatus of the competition for our Women’s Artistic Gymnasts was the Floor final, which saw Emily Whitehead take home a well-deserved Bronze medal with a score of 13.000. Romi Brown, the youngest member of the team, also put together a beautiful routine, but unfortunately fell at the very end, finishing in 8th place. However, it was evident that this will be the first of many Senior Internationals for Romi.
An overwhelmed Georgia reflected on the competition following her victories, stating “There have been a lot of highs and many many lows, … there’s been times I didn’t think I’d get through the challenges I was confronted with, but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and here I am!”
It was an incredibly successful week for Australia in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, and we must applaud and thank our gymnasts for their efforts, not just this week but in all the years of training and preparation it took to get there. Attention will now turn to the 2022 World Artistic Championships in Liverpool in October.