Talia Folino and Rianna Mizzen pose for a picture after being named to the Worlds team. Photograph: Talia Folino/Instagram

Australia has named three gymnasts to its World championships team. These are Georgia Godwin, Rianna Mizzen and Talia Folino.

Georgia Godwin, 20, is the only gymnast on the team to have previous World championship experience, as she competed in Glasgow in 2015. There, she was forty-ninth in the all around and thirty-sixth on floor in qualifications. In 2017, she competed internationally at the Melbourne World Cup, where she won a silver medal on floor with a score of 12.800.

Rianna Mizzen, 18, competed at the Rio Test Event in the spring of 2016, and finished twenty-seventh in the all around and twentieth on the uneven bars. In 2017, she competed at three different World Cups on the uneven bars. She won a silver medal in Baku with a 13.600, a bronze medal in Melbourne with a 13.433 and was fifth in Doha with a 12.966.

Talia Folino, 16, is a first-year senior, and a hot name right now, because of her outstanding junior career and her significant achievements this year. Folino was the junior national all around title three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2016. 2014 was her best year, as she won gold medals also on all apparatus finals. Folino made her senior international debut in 2017 at the Gymnix Challenge in Canada. There, she won gold in the all around, and bronze on vault and beam.

Georgia-Rose Brown was also included in the nominative roster, but was not named to the official team. Australia’s best gymnast this year, Emily Little, suffered a severe neck injury a few months ago, which put an end to her 2017 season.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua


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