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Australia names WAG team for Olympic Test Event

15 March 2016

GYMNASTICS: Six gymnasts have been selected to represent Australia at the women's artistic gymnastics Olympic Test Event next month. 

Georgia-Rose Brown (VIC), Emily Little (WA), Larrissa Miller (VIC), Rianna Mizzen (QLD), Emma Jane Nedov (NSW), Emily Whitehead (VIC) will compete at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships in early April before heading to South America.

Alexandra Eade (VIC) and Kiara Munteanu (VIC) have been named as non-travelling reserves.

The team was selected following an intensive training camp and selection trial held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last week.

The team will assemble at the National Centre of Excellence in Melbourne for a final training camp next week, before departing for the USA on Easter Sunday.

The team will compete in the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, which will be held in Everett, Washington in the USA, from April 8 to 10, before flying on to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Test Event, the final qualification competition for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Australia will compete against Brazil, France, Belgium, Germany, Romania, South Korea and Switzerland in Rio, with the team needing to finish in the top four of eight competing teams to qualify a team for the main event in August. 

After finishing 14th at the 2015 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow late last year, Gymnastics Australia’s CEO, Mark Rendell, said the team are looking stronger and fitter heading into April’s Test Event.

“The entire Senior National Squad and their coaches have been working together tirelessly since November, to ensure we can put the strongest team forward to secure Olympic selection in Rio in April,” Rendell said. 

Mary-Anne Monckton (VIC) was also selected in the team to travel to the USA and Brazil, but after sustaining a torn ACL at training on the weekend after an uncharacteristic fall from bars, Monckton was forced to withdraw from the team.

"I'm shocked and saddened that I won't be able to help our team qualify for the Olympic Games because that's our main goal," Monckton said in a statement.  "This was the most proud and excited I have been to represent my country.  However, I am proud of what I have achieved and can look forward to coming back stronger than before for the 2017 World Championships."

The WAG Olympic Test Event will be held from April 16 to 18 in the Olympic host city.

GYMNASTICS AUSTRALIA (modified)

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