2022 Gymnastics Tasmania Senior State Championships
Around 100 gymnasts from seven clubs from across Tasmania will converge onto the Kingborough Sports Centre for the 2022 Gymnastics Tasmania Senior State Championships being held this weekend, 19-20 March. Gymnasts from the south, north, and north-west of Tasmania will be vying for championship titles in three out of the four Olympic disciplines including Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, and Trampoline Gymnastics.
Kingborough Gymsports will be the largest team at the event and is expecting to lead the charge across all disciplines after the success of local gymnasts at the 2021 Australian Gymnastics Championships on the Gold Coast last May. In the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, 2021 Level 7 national champion, Riley Fenn from Kingborough will move into the Level 8 Open division. Fenn won the gold medal in the Pommel Horse at the 2021 Australian Gymnastics Championships, and will be hoping to repeat performances this weekend in the Level 9 event. Team mate, Ethan Loring, who won a silver in the High Bar and bronze for his floor routine at the 2021 Australian Championships in the Level 8 Open event, will move into Level 9 for the State Championships in his bid to qualify for the 2022 Tasmanian State Team. In the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Sarah Glancy, will lead the charge for the Kingborough Level 9 team, with her goal set on an all-round championship title and selection to the state team. While Grace Gaby from Zodiacs in Burnie is expected to dominate the Level 10 events. Jayella Banks, from Eastside in Rokeby will be the first gymnasts to compete Future International since 2019.
In the Trampoline Gymnastics, national champions Leuca McLeod and Callum O’Sullivan will come head to head for the first time in the Senior Men’s Double-Mini Trampoline. McLeod who lives in Deloraine and trains in both Launceston and at the State Gymnastics Centre in Kingston is the current Junior Under 17 National Champion, while O’Sullivan (Kingborough) holds the crown for the Junior Under 22 division. Veteran, Damien Axelsen, will be the oldest competitor at the Championships, having competed for almost 20 years, Axelsen will put pressure on the younger competitors in the Senior events bringing a wealth of experience having represented Australia at four World Championships in the Double-Mini Tramp. Kingborough duo, Amber French and Patrick Schluter are key favourites in the Senior Individual Trampoline; while Jacob Smith and Tristan Styles, also from Kingborough are expected to be strong contenders in the Senior and Junior Tumbling events respectively.
The 2022 Gymnastics Tasmania State Championships is the final trial for the selection of the Tasmanian State Team which will travel to the Gold Coast in May for the Australian Gymnastics Championships. The Trampoline and Tumbling events will also serve as the first of three trials for the 2022 World Age Championships being held in Sofia, Bulgaria in November.
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