Junior MAG Medal Sweep
It has been a busy few weeks for our NSW HPC MAG gymnasts, who have been representing Australia at multiple international events. The 16th Austrian Future Cup was first on the agenda, taking place on the 23rd of November. Team Australia spent a week acclimatising with training in Linz Austria before the event.
This was the first Australian team for young gymnasts Jose Caballero (Sydney Olympic Park), Alan Osman (Castle Hill Gymnastics) and Logan Owen (Sydney Gymnastics Centre), all competing in the Under 16 category. Jose performed outstanding routines on the pommel horse in Austria, taking home the gold medal in this event. Logan placed 4th in the All-Around competition and 3rd on vault. Team mate Alan finished 8th in the All-Around and 3rd on high bar.
“The boys made an impression on the international community who acknowledged the progress the Australian team has made in recent years.”, NSW High Performance Manager, Yusuf Topari told Gymnastics NSW after the event.
With a short turn around, the team travelled to Czech Republic to prepare for the next competition, the Olympic Hopes competition, held on the 29th November in Liberec. Proving outstanding preparation, the boys had another successful event. Logan and Jose were two of the youngest competitors in the event and faced tough competition. With the final result coming down to the very last routine, Logan and Jose both took out the top position in floor and pommel respectively. Alan placed 7th on rings and 6th in the vault final. The team also claimed a silver medal in the team’s event.
“Both competitions featured superb quality of gymnastics with the boys facing powerhouses like Russia, Japan and China along with some of the very best juniors across the globe including a junior world champion from Ukraine.” Yusuf reflected.
“The next 12 months will be about preparing upgrades and routines ready for the next quad. The target events are a couple of international assignments and the 2020 Australian Championships. Also, preparation for the 2021 Junior World Championships.”
Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches on an incredible tour.