Australian women's national team coach Peggy Liddick told IG that several factors will come into play in determining her squad for the world championships in Glasgow in October.
2012 Olympian Emily Little
"The girls just returned home from the August training camp and will return to Canberra on September 28 for the final selection camp/trial," Liddick said. "This trial will certainly determine competition readiness, but the previous year's results and training consistency will also come into strong consideration for selection."
At the Australian championships in Melbourne in May, Georgia Godwin earned her second consecutive all-around title. Emily Little, who placed 15th all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, won the silver medal. Madelaine Leydin, the 2014 all-around silver medalist, took bronze.
Godwin, Little and Leydin scored within 1.40 of one another after two days of competition in Melbourne, but Liddick said the team for Glasgow may or may not be primarily all-arounders.
"It is hard to tell at this time, as a few other top all-arounders and specialists did not participate at nationals due to injury, so I will look forward to how they pull up at this upcoming camp," Liddick told IG. "It is always good to have several strong all-arounders on a team."
The Australian women skipped the 2013 Worlds, but made the team final at the 2014 Worlds in Nanning., finishing seventh. The top eight teams in Glasgow, plus four additional teams at a test event in Rio de Janeiro early next year, will earn berths to next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Read more from Liddick and the Australian team in the October 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions or order back issues, click here.
International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Australian gymnastics includes:
"Alysha Djuric profile (July/August 2014)
"The Lowdown from Liddick" – comments from Peggy Liddick (June 2014)
"Catching up with Allana Slater" – profile (April 2014)
Georgia Godwin cover photo (March 2014)
"10 Questions with Naoya Tsukahara" - interview (September 2013)
"Aussie Long Shot" - Daria Joura profile (July/August 2012)
"10 Questions with Olivia Vivian" - interview (March 2011)
"Golden Surprise" - Lauren Mitchell cover story (January/February 2011)
Peggy Liddick interview (January/February 2011)
"Late Bloomer" - Amelia McGrath profile (October 2010)
Lisa Skinner chat (September 2010)