World champs a key Olympic pathway for Arthur
22 Oct 2018
HARD work, commitment and excellent lead-in results have seen SASI athlete Claire Arthur rewarded with selection in the Australian team which will compete at the International Gymnastics Federation's 2018 World Championship in St Petersburg, Russia, between November 7 and 10.
Arthur, 22, will compete in the Individual Trampoline event, alongside fellow South Australian Cassie Hoare, in a four-person women's team. Four men also were chosen, while eight competitors will be involved in the men's and women's double mini trampoline events.
Arthur, who has been a member of the state high-performance squads for at least 11 years, won the nod for Russia after outstanding results in recent qualifying events. She will compete in individual and synchronized events in Russia.
Arthur said she was relieved and thrilled to make the team for Russia.
"It has been a long year of back-to-back competitions with minimal rest so I am really putting all effort in this last month to push through, train and prepare my best for world champs," Arthur said.
"I'll have a week's holiday after to recharge before gearing up for the next 16 months until the Tokyo Olympics.
"The Australian team leaves on October 28 for a training camp in Baku, Azerbaijan so this next 10 days I'm really focusing on refining techniques and solid routines. "Mental and physical prep continues outside of training with sports psychology/physio massasge and ensuring I get lots of rest and recovery and nutritious foods.''
The training camp is for four days. The team then heads to St Petersburg for three days of training before the titles begin.
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