2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
The Australian Gymnastics Championships are taking place over two weeks from 20 May – 3 June. Over 1,500 athletes will compete in 6 different Gymsports over the two weeks of competition at Melbourne Arena. Top gymnasts from each state and territory will compete for the title of 2019 Australian Champion.
The 2019 Victorian State Team for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) includes 56 gymnasts from 18 different clubs throughout Victoria.
MAG athletes who qualified for the State Team come from the following clubs: MYC Gymnastics, EKGA, PIT Gymnastics, BTYC Gymnastics, Balance Gymnastics, Eureka Gymnastics, Chamford Gymnastics, Grips Gymnastics, CYC Gymnastics, Dolphin Gymnastics, Eastern Gymnastics, Banyule Gymnastics, Hoppers Crossing Gymnastics, Geelong YMCA, Melbourne Gymnastics Centre, Highett Youth Club, Sunbury Gymnastics, Knox Gymnastics and the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics High Performance Program.
Athletes will compete on Floor, Rings, Parallel Bars, High Bar, Vault and Pommel both individually and in teams depending on their level.
The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics competition will take place in the first week of the Australian Gymnastics Championships from 21-16 May. Athletes from Level 7 Open, Level 8 Open, Level 7 U13, Level 8 U14, Level 9U, Level 9/10 Open and Senior International will compete across the six days of competition.
Premium sessions include the MAG Senior International Level qualifiers on Friday 24 May at 6:30pm and the finals session on Sunday 26 May at 1:30pm. Another great session to attend is the Level 9U session on Saturday 25 May at 4:30pm.
A full schedule of the competition is available here
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Athletes to Watch
Ryan O'Keefe at the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships
There are a number of talented Men’s Artistic Gymnasts to look out for throughout the competition. Senior International gymnast Tyson Bull (currently coached by Vladimir Vatkin at the Australian Institute of Sport) proved his skills on High Bar at the 2019 Melbourne World Cup, placing fifth against tough International competition. Tyson’s international experience will make him a real threat against other MAG Senior gymnasts from around the country.
Ryan O’Keefe (currently coached by Hong-Gen Wang at BTYC Gymnastics) was named the All-Around Victorian Champion for Level 10 at the 2019 Senior Victorian Championships in April. Ryan gave impressive performances on Pommel, Parallel Bars and High Bar which earned him Gold medals for each apparatus, and Silver on Floor, Rings and Vault. Keep an eye out for Ryan in the Level 10 qualifying session on Friday 24 May at 1:30pm.
Rising star Kipp Smith (currently coached by Dion Pocklington at the Men’s High Performance Centre) will be competing in the Level 9 U17 competition. Kipp recently competed at the RD761 Junior International Invitational in Houston where he won the Silver Medal on Pommel. Catch Kipp competing on Thursday 23 May at 6:30pm.
Victoria have implemented a new High Performance Program for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics in Victoria. We expect to see fantastic results from our Victorian athletes in the coming years. For more information about the Victorian High Performance Program, click here
Tickets for the Australian Gymnastics Championships can be purchased here
Go Team VIC!