SA champs ready to face world stage
10 October 2017
IT'S been an anxious wait but champion SASI duo Blake Gaudry and Claire Arthur will be heading to Bulgaria soon for the 2017 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships between November 9 and 12.
Gaudry and Arthur will be members of the Australian team which will consist of four men and four women after meeting selection criteria at the recent National Clubs Carnival in Bendigo between September 16 and 29.
The event was a qualifier for the world titles.
Gaudry, 25, a regular high achiever for Australia in senior ranks in the past 10 years, said he felt confident at the clubs' competition.
''I was really happy with my event,'' he said.
''Going into the national clubs' event it was all about securing a berth for the world championship and I was able to do that fairly early in the competition.
''I felt really good in the later rounds knowing I had qualified.
''For Australia to send two full teams of men and women is great - we haven't had that in the women's side for awhile.
''We have a few new people on the team which will be great.
''Now, for me it's about managing work and training.
''I went to the world championship in Bulgaria in 2013 but this year it is hard to know the line up as quite often after an Olympic year people drop out of the sport or don't compete at this stage.''
Gaudry, who has won seven individual Australian trampoline titles, is expected to compete in the Individual Trampoline and possibly Synchro Trampoline at the titles.
Arthur said she also was feeling confident and enjoyed her result at the national clubs' event.
She was second after the preliminary rounds which was the benchmark she needed to make the worlds' team.
''I was really pleased with my results and to come back and do well after some injuries was great,'' she said.
''I competed in this event in Denmark about two years ago and finished about 37th out of 90. This year the aim is to qualify in the semis but injuries have hurt a bit so it is hard to know. But I think I can still improve.''
Arthur is expected to compete in the Individual Trampoline and possibly the synchro.
The Australian team will leave the country on October 29 and head to a camp in Bulgaria from November 3.
Sofia is a part of the 2017-2020 Olympic cycle. It will host the Gymnastics World Championships in September 10-16, 2018, as part of the Olympic program.