2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships
2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships:
In 2017, MLC Gymnastics had a strong representation on the Victorian Team, with 8 gymnasts (1 non-travelling reserve) and 3 staff selected. The event, held in the prestigious Hisense Arena, is the pinnacle event in the Australian calendar.
Along with three other gymnasts from Victorian clubs, our Level 9 athletes, Lisa-Nadine Tan, Miranda Delaney and Natasjia Voulanas, finished 3rd in the team event on Day 1 of competition. Natasjia also scored high enough to qualify to day 2 of competition; the individual and apparatus finals. Tash’s beam was beautiful on both days, securing her position as 5th in Australia on Beam.
Our Level 10 athletes, Giulia Archer (MLC student), Lauren Pengelly, and Olivia Burnett, also made up half of the Level 10 team, who were victorious on Day 1 of competition. Lauren finished day 1 of competition in an incredible second place, with Olivia Burnett just one place behind. With Giulia Archer only a few points behind, MLC was represented in the individual AA final, and apparatus finals by all three Level 10 gymnasts.
In a very tough second day of competition, Lauren Pengelly was outstanding, finishing 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam and 3rd on floor, to take out the Australian Championship in Level 10. Second place went to a gymnast from NSW, with Olivia Burnett only a few points behind, and 5th on bars, 3rd beam, 3rd AA, and as the Australian Champion on Floor. MLC student Giulia Archer won the crowd over with her upbeat, entertaining floor routine to finish 3rd on Floor.
In Junior International 13, Emma McDiarmid (MLC student) was competing in a very talented field of gymnasts aiming for the 2020 Olympic Games. Emma had a strong competition on day 1, going into the finals in 6th place, and finished her Australian Championships campaign with a 4th on Vault and 5th on beam.
Huge congratulations to the gymnasts and their coaches, Jackie Caldwell and Tim Lees.