Australian Tumbling History is made in Italy
Australian tumbling history was made this weekend at the 4th Aere Trampoline World Cup in Rimini, Italy, as Tumbler Ethan McGuinness became the first Australian since 1997 to take home a gold medal at a World Cup.
After finishing the qualifying round in 3rd place, Ethan produced two stunning passes in the finals to claim the gold medal. His second pass, saw him complete his World Record 13.700 difficulty rating, the highest difficulty recorded by a tumbler. With an execution score of 16.400, this secured an All-Around score of 30.100 and the title of World Champion.
Following his victory, Ethan reflected on the difficulty of his pass, “I said to my coach before my I went that I [would] go for a safe routine, but as I was about to run, I decided that I want to push myself and I want to give it my all. And that’s exactly what I did.”
The road to becoming World Champion has not been easy, with Ethan pushing through an ankle injury over the last few months which threatened to derail his preparation for the competition.
However, he achieved the perfect warm up leading into the competition, claiming the title of Australian Champion last week at the 2022 Australian Gymnastics Championships on the Gold Coast.
Ethan’s gold medal winning pass can be seen here
Ethan was joined on the podium by fellow Australian Jack Hemmings, who secured a Bronze Medal in the same event, demonstrating the strength and quality of the Australian Tumbling Team.
Reflecting on the event and his performance, Jack said, "this competition was a big achievement for me as it was my international medal and the first international competition I have had in 3 years now. I’m proud to be part of such an amazing team and have a great coach and support team to guide me to do the sport I love.”
This team-first attitude was further displayed in the Senior Women’s Tumbling, with two Australians – Breanah Cauchi and Georgia Beddall – making it through to Final 2, where Breanah secured the Bronze Medal in her first World Cup with a score with a score of 22.400.
Australia was also represented in the finals for both Male and Female Synchronised Trampoline. Leanne van Rensberg and Lauren Sampson finished in 4th place with a score of 45.360, whilst Lieyton Pagett and Alexander Luyckx finished in 6th place in the Men’s division.
Congratulations to all our Trampolinists and Tumblers who competed.