Team Australia at the Inaugural Junior World Championships

The 1st FIG Artistic Gymnastics Junior World Championships took place in Gyor, Hungary from 27 June to 30 June 2019.

Hungary now holds a piece of history as the host of the inaugural Junior World Championships. The event aims to bring together the best athletes in their age groups and put on a first class event while helping the development of the sport. 

Team Australia was represented in both the Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics competitions by James Hardy (QLD), Jesse Moore (SA), Kipp Smith (VIC), Tiana Odessa (QLD), Chloe Trisic (NSW) and Lucy Stewart (NSW). Traveling alongside them was coaches; Dion Pocklington, Paul Szyjko, Peter Abbot and Xiaoqing Li and Team Manager John Curtin.

Our team was competitive with the best Juniors in the world with both Jesse Moore and James Hardy making apparatus finals, placing 7th Horizontal Bar and 8th Vault respectively and in the MAG and WAG Team All Around placing 12th and 14th respectively.

As it was the first ever Junior World Championships, it was a new experience for the athletes and Odessa was proud to be able to compete on the world stage.

 “Junior World Championships was an amazing experience where I was able to learn how the training and competition works at a major international event.

“Throughout the experience, I felt great pride to be able to compete in front of the world whilst representing Australia.

 “This comp was an excellent learning experience as it has provided me with vital exposure and preparation for future international competitions,” Odessa said.

Day 1 of competition begun on 27 June at Audi Arena with the MAG Team and All Around Final. Out of a total of 34 teams, the Australian MAG Team finished with a total score of 153.569 which resulted in placing 12th.

In the individual All Around, Australia’s highest ranked athlete was Jesse Moore who received a total score of 76.414 to place 25th. Moore’s best score of 13.866 was on Vault, however his biggest achievement was ranking 6th with a score of 13.116 on the Horizontal Bar that qualified him in the Individual Apparatus Final.

“The experience was pretty spectacular, it’s just like a senior world championships,” Moore said. 

“It was really good, seeing your face on the big screen as well as making a final, that’s pretty special.”

Kipp Smith was Australia’s second best ranked athlete at 32nd with a total score of 75.130. Smith’s highest score for the competition was 13.466 on Vault, while his highest ranking was 16th on Pommel Horse with a score of 12.666.

James Hardy finished his All Around competition with a score of 73.323 and kept the Australian fans on their toes in the final rotation of Vault as the last to compete. Hardy was able to sneak into the Individual Apparatus Final after he ranked 8th with a score of 13.624.

Day 2 in Gyor saw the Australian WAG Team take the competition floor for the Team and All Around rankings. A total of 29 Teams competed with our Australian Team placing at 14th with a total score of 99.697.

The Individual All Around saw Tiana Odessa ranked as Australia’s highest WAG athlete at 26th with a total score of 49.599. Odessa was at her best on Vault after she finished in 24th with a score of 13.266.

“Being the highest ranked Australian athlete for WAG in the world is a great accomplishment for myself. As I have only been in the international stream for nearly 2 years, I am proud of myself for what I have achieved in this time,” Odessa said.

Chloe Trisic was not far behind after she recorded a score of 49.265, resulting in Trisic ranking 31st. Trisic’s strongest routine was on Beam after she received a score of 12.500 which placed her in 24th position.

Lucy Stewart was Australia’s third WAG athlete who competed and her final All Around score was 47.732. Stewart’s best routine for the day was Beam with a 12.366.

Hardy and Moore had to wait until Day 4 until they were back out on the competition for the MAG Vault and Horizontal Finals to take place.

Hardy’s first Vault looked amazing in the air but unfortunately missed the landing he received a score of 13.200 and his second Vault was clean which got him 13.500. This made his total score 13.350 and ranked Hardy 8th in the world on Vault, a truly incredible achievement.

The Horizontal Bar was the final apparatus of the competition, Moore‘s routine was skillful and clean to secure a score of 13.100. This put him in 7th place overall for the competition and 7th in the world on the Horizontal Bar. 

 “It was pretty unexpected to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting to make high bar final. I am really proud of myself and the team, we all did a very good job,” Moore said.

The Australian team represented their country brilliantly and Gymnastics Australia is incredibly proud of their achievements. Both Odessa and Moore thoroughly enjoyed their first Junior World Championships experience, and both plan on working on some upgrades to their routines for the remainder of the year.

“It’s always good to get out there and represent my country, I try my best to do Australia proud and win medals and get good results,” Moore said.

“Experience is the key to improvement, so hopefully with more trips to come I will continue to get better results.

“I’ve been doing competitions nonstop for over a year now, so I’m pretty keen to relax and do some skill work and put upgrades into my routines.”

“I feel honoured to represent Australia on the world stage. I feel so proud to wear the Australian colours and flag on my leotard as this has made me even more proud to be an Australian,” Odessa said.

Throughout the rest of the year I am aiming to increase my difficulty in my routines by working harder on higher skill work.”

Gymnastics Australia congratulates the athletes, coaches and officials who represented our country at The 1st FIG Artistic Gymnastics Junior World Championships.