Smiling with Silver: NSW’s Breanna Scott medals at Commonwealth Games debut

A wave to the crowd, a beaming smile and a silver medal draped around her neck.

It’s a memory that will stay with NSW athlete Breanna Scott following her podium finish for the Australian Women's Artistic Team at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Breanna made history as the first NSW athlete in 20 years to qualify a Commonwealth Games position in Women's Artistic. The 20-year-old gymnast has made Australia proud with her debut performance at this year’s Commonwealth Games, with an amazing achievement alongside her teammates Georgia Godwin, Emily Whitehead, Romi Brown and Kate McDonald.

The Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre/NSW High Performance Centre athlete put in some stellar performances to help the team nab silver, and finished in the top 10 for her beam and floor routines with scores of 12.450 and 12.600 respectively.

“It has been amazing to be competing against such great athletes,” she said following the event. “The village has been one of the best experiences, especially meeting different athletes from different sports and countries.”

The Commonwealth Games have also given the athlete renewed energy for her training.

“I want to build from this event in preparation for hopefully being selected for World Championships later this year and believe I will be able to show some upgrades,” she said.

The athlete was also supported by her coach Yusuf Topari, who was selected as a team Coach for the Australian women’s artistic contingent.

The High Performance coach has travelled with the athletes, providing guidance and coaching them to success.

“This team has been wonderful to work with and they have worked so hard through the lead up and throughout the games,” he said.

“The team competition proved that we can compete with some of the top athletes in the world.”

Congratulations to Breanna and and her support team for all their hard work, dedication and achievements -  Team GNSW are incredibly proud of you! 

We’d also like to wish men’s artistic reserve athlete Heath Thorpe a speedy recovery, after he suffered an injury while training in England before the competition kicked off.