SA stars set to shine on gymnastics stage

SA stars set to shine on gymnastics stage

Top gymnasts Blake Gaudry, Claire Arthur and Cassie Hoare will be aiming high at the coming Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

DUAL Olympian Blake Gaudry will lead the SA charge at the Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena, Melbourne, between May 22 and June 4.

But Blake, 25, won't need an airline ticket to make the trip as he has been living and working in Melbourne for a couple of months - his employment as an Airport Terminal Planner with aviation business Airbiz. There, he studies and assesses the layout, systems and planning of airports in Australia.

Blake, part of the South Australia Sports Institute (SASI) Individual Athlete Program, said he was very much a part of the SA system despite his new residence.

"Things didn't work out work wise in SA in the architecture field I had studied in so I relocated to Melbourne for work,'' he said.

"It is a new life and quite a transition. It is early days and I am still learning things but it is working out well.''

Blake, who has won seven individual Australian trampoline titles, will compete in the Individual Trampoline and Synchro Trampoline events in Melbourne.

"Training has been going well and I have done well at recent NSW and Victorian titles,'' he said. "But I am really keen to do well and to keep representing SA at events for as long as I can.''

Blake will be joined in Melbourne by leading SASI gymnasts Cassie Hoare and Claire Arthur. Both will compete in the Individual Trampoline events and the duo will pair up in the Synchro Trampoline. Cassie is stepping up into senior ranks when she teams with Claire with both girls aiming to qualify for the world championships later in the year. Claire has enjoyed solid results at international and national level since 2010 and 2009 respectively.

The SASI athletes were recognised for their sporting deeds at the Gymnastics SA 2016 awards. Blake won the Trampoline Male Elite Athlete of the Year, Cassandra took home the Trampoline Female Junior Athlete of the Year, while Claire saluted in the Trampoline Female Elite Athlete of the Year.

Athletes will be vying for top results at the national titles to earn selection to the 2017 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, between November 5 and 8. The event is a part of the 2017-2020 Olympic cycle.

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