SASI stars set to spring into key events

01 Aug 2018

SASI athletes Clay Stephens, Chris Remkes and Claire Arthur will see their  hopes for a taste of the Olympic Games increase with inclusion in the Gymnastics National Squads for 2018/19.

Above: Clay Stephens competes for Australia

The squads aim to identify athletes with potential to contribute to Australia's high performance targets in the 2017-2020 cycle.

The athletes are in SASI's Individual Athlete Program (IAP).

For Stephens, who has been living and training at the University of Illinois, selection marks the start of a new era after suffering an ACL injury last year.

"I'm loving it here in the US," Stephens said.

"I was just fully cleared to resume full training after my ACL repair surgery just over nine monhths ago, which is really exciting and I am currently training in preparation for Australia's world championship trials in early October.

"I am training with another Australian Tyson Bull who competed with myself and other members of last year's world championship team. Along with Tyson I am training with another 20 very talented senior gymnasts who are on my University of Illinois team.

"It is a great environment to stay motivated and excel at this very difficult sport.''

SA also has strong representation in other squads with rising star Jesse Moore aiming to represent Australia at junior world championships next year.

Stephens will be aiming to make the Australian team to compete at the 48th FIG Artistics Gymnastics World Championship in men's and women' artistic events in Doha, Qatar, between October 25 and November 3.

Remkes, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist in the vault will also be looking to repeat his result at these World Championships.

Arthur will set her sights on the second Trampoline world selection competition in September which is the national Trampoline club championship event.

Then the business part of the 2019/20 program kicks in for all athletes in February next year as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

World Cup competitions become selection events for the Olympics.

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