No faulting SASI's star vaulter

08 Mar 2018

Chris Gymnast

FINETUNING and keeping injury free are among the immediate goals for Chris Remkes as he prepares to take his place in the Australian gymnastics team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast from April 4 to 14.

Excellent performances at world cups and other selection events gave SASI scholarship holder Remkes, 21, his berth in the 13-person team and a chance to debut at the Commonwealth Games. He is one of seven athletes in the team to taste their first Commonwealth Games' competition.

Among Remkes' career highlights have been national titles, medals at world cups and a gold medal in 2017 when representing Australia at the AGF Trophy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

To back up that result Remkes won silver in the Melbourne World Cup behind Japan's Kenzo Shirai.

For now Remkes, based at the National Centre of Excellence in Canberra, says it is head down and work hard for the next few weeks.

''So far, so good. This week is starting back routines so a lot of perfecting up until the Games,'' Remkes said.

''Given that the preparations go well then so should the Games!''

The members of the gymnastics team are:

Men's Artistic Gymnastics: Remkes, Michael Merceica (Queensland); Mitchell Morgans (Queensland); Michael Tone (Queensland); Luke Wadsworth (Victoria)

Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Georgia-Rose-Brown (Queensland); Alexandra Eade (Victoria); Georgia Godwin (Quensalnd); Rianna Mizzen (Queensland); Emily Whitehead (Victoria).

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva (Victoria); Danielle Prince (New South Wales, third Comm Games); Enid Sugg (New South Wales).

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