NSW athletes shine at The World Games

NSW gymnasts have made the state, and country, proud at The World Games! The international multi-sport event, held every four years, is made up of non-Olympic sports and brings together the best from around the world every year after the Summer Olympics.

Five gymnasts from NSW were selected to compete at 2022 The World Games in Birmingham, USA.

Congratulations to acrobatic pair Alex McWhirter and Anna Tran-Dinh, from Gladesville Gymnastics Club, for showcasing some of their best routines and coming 5th overall. The duo narrowly missed out on a place in the finals, with a score of 26.110 for balance, and 25.200 for dynamic, resulting in a total score of 51.310. They were joined by coach Agi Sajgal.

“What an amazing experience! We performed two clean routines and couldn’t be prouder,” the pair wrote on Instagram. “We had so much fun watching the different sports and now we have so many fun memories to look back on!”

The event also marks the final performance for Alex, 20, and Anna, 14, after a successful seven-year run together in the sport.

Next to perform was tumbler Breanah Cauchi, from Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance (KSTP). The 17-year-old won a bronze medal after a competitive performance – congratulations!

Breanah qualified for finals with two routines, scoring a total of 48.400. In the first round of finals, the tumbler progressed with a score of 24.000, followed by a routine scoring 24.400 for a podium finish and bronze medal. The event marks only her second time at a senior international competition.

“It was an amazing experience that I still can’t get over,” the teenager wrote on Instagram. “Words can’t even explain how happy I am feeling and excited to achieve new things in the future.”

Also from KSTP, Cheyanna Robinson took to the floor, and air, in double mini trampoline. The 22-year-old came in 7th during qualifying rounds with two routines scoring a total of 50.700. In the first round of finals, Cheyanna scored 20.600 and placed outside of the qualifying rankings to progress. Congratulations for a wonderful result!

Reflecting on her experience, the gymnast said finals didn’t go to plan but there were many positives to take away.

“I was proud to have put up my prelims passes which led me to make my first ever Senior International Final!” she wrote on Instagram. “I had the greatest time from the lead up trainings to competing alongside such incredible athletes! I met so many wonderful people and I loved every moment! The atmosphere surrounding the entire World Games was absolutely amazing!”

Rounding out the NSW contingent and KSTP athletes, tumbler Ethan McGuinness took to the track. The 21-year-old performed two routines with a total score of 52.700 to qualify for finals. He placed 7th in the first final round, with a score of 21.500. The top four scores progressed to the next finals round.

Congratulations on making it so far, and putting in an enormous effort!

The World Cup champion had a difficult lead-up to the event, with an ankle injury forcing him to pare back his training to try and recover. 

“This was a tough loss, but I’ll be back,” he wrote on Instagram.

Congratulations also goes to KSTP coach Dima Kachan for his efforts to get the athletes to this incredible event!

Team GNSW is so proud of you all!!!