2023 WAG Accelerated Performance Pathway Squads

Gymnastics South Australia congratulates 71 talented South Australian Women’s Artistic gymnasts selected to be part of the 2023 WAG Accelerated Performance Pathway Squads, a decentralised performance framework for talented female athletes within South Australia.

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics encompasses performances across vault, the uneven bars, beam and floor. The squads provide a pathway for these athletes to participate in State run training sessions and skill development opportunities to support their gymnastics development.

The pathway is comprised of three squads and has various performance, age, and skill markers required for athletes to qualify for a position. The Development, High Achievers, and Gold Squad include athletes from Gymnastics SA affiliated clubs; Koorana Gymnastics, YMCA Gymnastics Glengowrie, Seacliff Gymnastics, Tea Tree Gully Gymsports, Dynamic Gymnastics, Queenstown Gymnastics, Saints Gymnastics, GymWest, Blackwood Gymsports, Hills Gymnastics Academy, Eyre Gymnastics, and Burnside Youth Club.

2022 saw Gymnastics SA in partnership with their Youth Advisory Panel, implement an inclusive uniform policy, with more young women competing wearing shorts in lieu of the standard leotard option. The flexibility to choose is a key feature of supporting young women and girls explains Nastashia Buck, Gymnastics SA CEO.

“Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is a dynamic gymnastics discipline, that highlights one of the many Gymsports female athletes enjoy.”

“It is great to see the sport excelling, further championing the success of women and girls in an inclusive and supportive way,” said Ms Buck.

The Accelerated Performance pathway is yet another example of encouraging the depth of talent within Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in South Australia. During 2018 – 2021, funding from the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing provided Gymnastics SA the opportunity to develop talented female leaders on their journey to becoming a high-level coach. Many Accelerated Pathway coaches directly benefited from this funding and are now sharing their wisdom and positive coaching style with the next generation of athletes.

Ms Buck is delighted by the prowess of women and girls in our sport.

“It’s great to now see women represent a large proportion of the most skilled coaches in this State, it’s brilliant representation and inspiration for our athletes and future aspiring coaches.”

“I have also witnessed mum’s fresh off maternity leave coming back into coaching, with a passion that shows our athletes the strength and experience of the supportive network around them,” said Ms Buck.

Free coaching courses are also a featured benefit of the High Achievers and Gold Squad, further supporting athletes to upskill and encourage officiating. The Gold Squad Members are welcomed to train weekly at the State Gymnastics Centre to further supplement their training goals alongside their club sessions.

The competitive success of the Women’s program on the National stage has seen an increase in podium placings and personal bests in 2022, a testament to the individual and teamwork of athletes, clubs, and officials.

Among those returning to the Accelerated Performance Pathway is a 16-year-old current runner-up Level 9 Australian Champion, Jasmyn Wright, who moves up into the Accelerated Gold Squad for 2023.

“I enjoy interacting with other gymnasts that I do not usually get to spend time with outside of my trainings. It motivates me to reach my goals I have for the year. One of which is qualifying for Nationals.”

Proving that there is no lack of talent in our regions, Head Coach of Eyre Gymnastics in Whyalla, Shyalee Davidson, can now boast that her club has four gymnasts in the Accelerated Performance Pathway Squads.

“We are very grateful that Gymnastics SA can provide a development pathway and include our talented athletes from this region. We have seen how much it has developed our athletes and the opportunities it has given them. We are excited to see them progress even further this year.”

On behalf of the Gymnastics South Australia community, we recognise and congratulate our athletes named today and wish them enjoyment, fulfilment, and the achievement of their personal goals in 2023.

 

2023 Squad Members

Development

Addison Venning, Amaia Esguerra, Amber Broomhill, Asha Smith, Asha Squire, Ava Bartkowski, Ava Prior, Avah Albers, Caylee Mashford, Clara Floreani, Danielle Lipapis, Darcie Cochrane, Georgia Martin, Grace Shaw, Harmony Hof, Holly Beare, Isabella Da Silva Aponte, Isla Fitzgerald, Isla Re, Iyla Gracin, Kalila Coghlan, Kayla Altman, Kristina Grcic, Lacey Hortin, Mabel Sinclair, Meeka Re, Millie Forgan, Olivia Jagiello, Sophia Juros, Tilly Uppington, Zara Hewson and Zoe Witter.

High Achievers

Amelie Rickers, Charlotte Jackson, Elise Fitzgerald, Hannah Charalambides, Hannah Ralph, Hayley Wellington, Imogen Smith, Jacqueline To, Kaitlyn To, Mackenzie Miller, Madison Davidson, Monique James, Natasha Daly, Rachel Provis, Samara Fletcher, Suzi Kourlas and Tara Tregloan.

Gold Squad

Akira Van, Anais Boyer, Arlia Denehy, Breanna Trehearne, Caden Macrow, Dana Glasson, Darcy Church, Elessia Coscarella, Gabby Prider, Jasmyn Wright, Kara Day Im, Keira Chamberlain, Luciana Valdez-Tirado, Lyla Simmons, Maelie Larosa, Meika Van, Minma Kiringida Ganage, Misha Colebrook, Philipa Alker, Sienna Nesci, Sophie Luey and Zoe Dolling.

 

These athletes are supported by their club coaches alongside Talent Pathways Coordinator, Danica Mladenovic and Squad Coordinators, Manel Offord, Kyla Dolman, and Carly Fulford.

 


Gymnastics South Australia embraces six GymSports; Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Gym for All (including KinderGym), Aerobic, and Trampoline Gymnastics. Throughout 2023 we look forward to sharing more announcements, sharing more stories, and celebrating the achievements of our gymnastics community across all GymSports.