Aussies take home Bronze in Portugal

Australia’s senior Acrobatic trio of Emily Cuddy, Erin Brooks and Isabelle Tarrant stunned the world, winning a Bronze medal at the FIG Maia World Cup in Portugal over the weekend. 

Following their impressive form  at the 28th World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan earlier this year, where they finished 4th in the final of their Dynamic routine, the story of this trio is somewhat of a fairytale. 

With limited preparation time leading into the competition following the injury to base Millie Hurst, the trio welcomed Erin to the group who came out of retirement to fulfill her dream of competing in a World Cup following the cancellation of the same event last year. 

At the end of qualifications, Australia finished their Balance and Dynamic routine, with scores of 26.810 and 27.710 respectively, resulting in a score of 54.520, and an overall position of third heading into the final, behind Portugal and Belgium. 

In the final, Australia’s combined routine scored an immense 27.650, placing them in the top 4; trailing Belgium (29.770) and Ukraine (27.800) and tying with host nation Portugal. A countback on execution put Australia just ahead, securing the bronze medal. 

The result caps off a great career for Erin, who will be moving back into retirement, into her new career as a flight attendant, whereas the sky is the limit for Isabelle and Emily. 

A full video of the final day of action at the championships is available here