MAG World Championships
On Monday the 7th October, the Men’s gymnastic team took to the floor in Stuttgart, Germany for the 49th Artistic World Championships.
Gabriel Swan-McLean (SGAC) made his debut World Championships and showed off his incredible difficulty on the World stage for the first time. In an extremely tight competition, Gabriel excelled in one of his favourite apparatus’s, Vault, placing 37th, with a score of 14.366 – just 0.3 separated placings 8th – 37th.
“Walking into the competition floor for my first worlds was so exciting and felt great to be standing alongside the team representing my country. It was probably the most nervous I have ever been in my life and I felt sick most of the days before comp”, Gabriel told Gymnastics NSW after the event.
In the floor exercise, Gabriel performed incredibly at the beginning of the routine, nailing the landings on his more difficult skills. Unfortunately, towards the end of the routine, Gabriel made 2 costly mistakes that may have seen him place in the top 10 if executed as intended. A learning curve for the young 21-year-old, who continues to overcome major challenges and improve each year.
“My main focus for the rest of the year is to try and compete in some World Cup competitions to increase my international experience, which will help me with my confidence and nerves. I’ll work hard to gain more consistency and get stronger.”
Gymnastics NSW congratulates Gabriel and the Australian team on their showing at World Championships. A big congratulations to Australian team member Tyson Bull, who claimed a place in the Horizontal Bar final, earning an Olympic quota spot for this apparatus.