Tasmanian Gymnastics Championships

Tasmania’s best Gymnasts will descend into Hobart this weekend for the 2018 edition of the Tasmanian Gymnastics Championships being held at the State Gymnastics Centre at Kingston. The two-day gymnastics spectacular will include three of the Olympic disciplines including Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline Gymnastics. The 2018 Tasmanian Gymnastics Championships will be the final trial event for the Tasmanian Team which will travel to Melbourne to contest the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships being held at Hisense Arena from the 21st May to 4th June.


In the Women’s Gymnastics, the Level 10 all-round event will be hotly contested from gymnasts from around Tasmania. Bronze medallist on vault at the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships, Grace Gaby from Zodiacs Gymnastics in Burnie will be planning on impressing judges in Level 10 after taking out the gold in the Level 9 overall division in 2017. Gaby can expect strong opposition from Hobart gymnasts Eleanor Higginbotham and Sophie Delaney from Kingborough; as well as Sashia Bingham from the Hobart Police and Citizens Youth Club in the strongest field of Level 10 gymnasts Tasmania has seen in quite some time.


In the Trampoline Gymnastics, notable performances are expected from the Kingborough team including Amber French in the Junior women’s competition, Matthew French, Patrick Schluter, and Flynn Caro in the Junior Men’s competition, and Damien Axelsen in the Senior Men’s Double-Mini event. Along with Eddy Rand (Kingborough), and Dylan Hill and Nathaniel Suidgeest from Launceston; the trampoline international events showcase competitors who have represented Australia and have won medals internationally as well as World Championship finalist in both the junior and senior levels. State Coach for Trampoline, Ben Kelly, believes this competition will help prepare the Tasmanian team for a successful National Championships and is an important lead in event for Schluter who will represent Australia at the Pacific Rim Championships in Colombia in just a few weeks’ time.


In the Men’s Gymnastics competition, six positions on the State Team will be intensely contested from seven gymnasts. The Hobart Gymnastics Academy team will feature Beau Johnson and Kalen Robey, while Kingborough will field a team of five: Harry Driessen, Samuel Laying, Ethan Loring, Jacob Shepherd, and Alex Thompson. Tasmanian State Coach for Men’s Gymnastics, Kodee Voss believes this is the strongest the Men’s Gymnastics team has been in quite some time, having more than six gymnasts in the Level 7 Open division vying for places on the team will ensure the men involved perform to the highest level to ensure selection to the team.


The premium session of the Tasmanian Gymnastics Championships will feature all the above-mentioned gymnasts under one roof vying for state championship status. The action will kick-off at 1pm at the State Gymnastics Centre in Kingston and is open to the public and all media to attend.


For more information, or to arrange a media opportunity either before, during, or after the event, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Kelly on 0414477346 or ben@gymsports.net.au