Gold for Australia's Golden Girl
Four years after a heartbreaking loss on home soil, Georgia Godwin is a Commonwealth Games champion, securing the gold in the Women’s Artistic All-around final overnight.
After eight years on the national team, Georgia finally sealed the title, 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 Godwin to take the lead, which she then held through a triumphant Floor routine to the soundtrack; fittingly, of Michael Buble’s ‘Feeling Good’.
Speaking with media following the medal ceremony, Godwin described the victory as a testament to the amount of work she has put into her craft over the last 21 years. “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!”
Four years on from her Silver medal performance on the Gold Coast, Godwin, who trains at Delta Gymnastics Club, says her attitude towards her own gymnastics has evolved; an evolution that clearly breeds successes.
“My priorities have definitely changed,” she told media. “Now it’s not so much about try to get the numbers under the belt, it’s about good quality routines… there’s been a huge shift from when I was younger to now.”
When asked about her plans for the future, Godwin emphatically stated that she would be taking some time for herself following this victory. “I need to put my body and my mental health as a priority… I’d love to make Paris but at the moment, it’s a day-by-day, competition by competition mentality.”
Gymnastics Australia CEO Alexandra Ash described Godwin’s win as an incredible achievement. “As a community, we are incredibly proud of Georgia. This medal is a testament to the years of hard work that Georgia has put in to get where she is. For every medal, there are plenty of people behind the scenes, from coaches to local clubs and of course family, all of who have supported athletes like Georgia reach their full potential."
Chris Rushton, CEO of Gymnastics Queensland, echoed this sentiment as he expressed how this victory is for all gymnasts, especially those from her home state of Queensland. “Gymnastics Queensland is extremely proud of Georgia. She has worked incredibly hard over the years, and it’s been wonderful to watch her grow as an athlete. We couldn’t ask for a better representative.”
Whilst an incredible achievement, this does not conclude Godwin’s 2022 Commonwealth Games journey. She will take to the floor again tonight for the Vault and Uneven Bars apparatus finals, with the Balance Beam final the apparatus which secured her the gold medal tonight, to follow on Tuesday.