Australian women's national team head coach Peggy Liddick told IG that the mix of veterans and newcomers of her team for this month's Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro is designed to produce optimal results which could earn a berth to this summer's Rio Games. Pictured: Emma Nedov
Australian women's national team head coach Peggy Liddick told IG that the mix of veterans and newcomers on her team for this month's Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro is designed to produce optimal results which could earn a berth to this summer's Rio Games.
"Each time any team is selected, the objective is to cover all the apparatus with the strongest athletes that are available," Liddick said. "That was the objective for the selection of this team."
Emily Little at the 2012 Olympics
The Australian team for the test event includes Georgia Rose Brown, Emily Little, Larrissa Miller, Emma Nedov, Rianna Mizzen and Emily Whitehead.
Australia placed 14th at last fall's World Championships in Glasgow, where the top eight teams earned automatic berths to the Rio Games. The next eight teams in Glasgow advanced to the test event, from which the top four teams will move on to the Games. Artistic gymnastics at the test event will take place April 16-18.
Liddick said Brown and Nedov are slated for the all-around at the test event. Brown placed 21st all-around at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, where Nedov was first reserve for the balance beam final. Australia placed seventh in the team final in Nanning.
Little, who placed 15th all-around at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, is still recovering from elbow surgery and will not compete on uneven bars at the test event, Liddick said.
2012 Olympian Miller, who placed sixth on floor exercise at the 2014 Worlds, is expected to compete on uneven bars and floor exercise.
Newcomers Emily Whitehead and Rianna Mizzen should add to the team's depth at the test event, Liddick said.
Whitehead placed first all-around at the 2015 Australian Junior Championships, and Mizzen is the reigning Australian champion on uneven bars.
"Both had strong training and competitions at the trial/camp and were healthy at the trial," Liddick said. "Both have strong bars, but will contribute on all four apparatus."
Liddick said her gymnasts are training diligently and confidently for the test event, which follows the Pacific Rim Championships that will take place April 8-10 in Everett, Washington.
"The entire team is going about the business of preparation for a competition," Liddick told IG. "They are enthusiastic and looking forward to Rio after they participate in Pac Rim for a warm-up event."
International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Australian gymnastics includes:
Alysha Djuric profile (July/August 2014)
Georgia Godwin interview (October 2015)
Peggy Liddick interview (October 2015)
"The Lowdown from Liddick" – comments from Liddick (June 2014)
"Catching up with Allana Slater" – profile (April 2014)
Georgia Godwin cover photo (March 2014)
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