Seventeen-year-old Georgia Beddall has been selected to represent Australia at the 34th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo, Japan from 28 November to 1 December.

Georgia is the only Female Senior Tumbler in the Australian team, and this will be the first time in around 20 years that Australia will be represented with a Senior Female Tumbler, as well as the first time a South Australian Tumbler has been selected to represent Australia at a World Championships event.

Joining Georgia in the Australian team will be Will Morris, Adelaide Tumbling Academy Head Coach, who has been selected as the one of the Tumbling coaches. Will said representing Australia as an athlete and now a coach is an honour.

“I am extremely excited to be representing Australia at the World Championships. As an athlete, I represented Australia at two World Championships (in Great Britain and Bulgaria) and I’m looking forward to returning to the Senior International stage as a coach.”

At the end of 2018 Georgia and Will made the decision to step up into Senior in 2019 and begin planning for the World Championships.

“The first step was qualification, and Georgia secured her scores in the final of the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne; where she placed first.

“Following a National Squad Camp in Newcastle and the National Clubs Carnival on the Gold Coast, Georgia secured her spot on the team and was selected to attend the preparation competition at the World Cup in Spain.

“The World Cup was an extremely valuable experience for Georgia as her first Senior International event, as she was able to test herself against the best in the world. Although our results at this competition weren't 100%, she performed passes with a competitive difficulty value, and we identified areas for improvement for Worlds” said Will.

The preparation before competition is important when travelling overseas. Will and Georgia are working hard in the gym to improve small technical touches such as pointed toes, straight arms and stuck landings. But top priority is staying healthy before travelling overseas, ensuring they have a tailored strength and conditioning program to help with recovery.

Adelaide Tumbling Academy will be well represented with Junior athletes attending the World Age Group Competition in Japan, and Head Coach Chloe Morris also attending in a coaching capacity.

The final preparation before the World Championships will take place in Sydney to link up with the men’s team and the National Tumbling Coordinator Dima Kachan.

Gymnastics South Australia looks forward to supporting all SA representatives during the World Cup in Japan, including Trampoline athlete Claire Arthur and Trampoline coach Viktor Zhuravlev.

Pictured: Georgia Beddall at World Cup in Valladolid