Introducing: The Queensland Gymnasts Counting Down to Tokyo

The Australian Olympic Committee has just announced the Australian Gymnastics Team that will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics, and all of us at Gymnastics Queensland are proud and excited to name Georgia Godwin, Lidiia Iakovleva and Premier's Senior International Group as the homegrown Queenslanders that have secured a spot to compete!

Meet: Georgia Godwin
Georgia’s gymnastics career unknowingly took off after her parents bought her a trampoline when she was 3 years old. It wasn’t always her goal to compete at the Olympics, but after being accepted into a program at Delta Gymnastics at 9 years old, Georgia says, “[that] lit a fire inside me” and now she’s taken that fire all the way to the top! Georgia originally met the criteria for an Olympic quota spot in 2019 but the competition was put on hold due to COVID-19. In just a few more weeks, Georgia will finally be able to call herself an Olympian! 

We were lucky to interview Georgia before her flight to Tokyo. You can read more about Georgia Godwin here.

Meet: Premier Senior International Group

The Premier Senior International Group will be the first Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics group to compete at the Olympic Games — but they didn’t start as a group! Premier Gymnastics Coach, Gina Peluso, along with her mum Edith made plans 25 years ago to send the first Aussie Rhythmic Gymnastics Group to the Olympics. Since then, Alannah Mathews, Himeka Onoda, Felicity White, and Alexia Aristoteli from QLD, alongside Emily Abbott from SA and Alexandra Eedle (reserve) from NSW, joined Gina to form The Premier Senior International Group. Though they started as individual gymnasts, together they will finally see their Olympic dreams realised, and their performances on the mat are truly a testament to the friendship they’ve formed training together all these years! You can read more on the Premier Senior International Group here.

Meet: Lidiia Iakovleva
Lidiia started her rhythmic gymnastics career in Petrozavodsk, Russia, when she was just 5 years old. Since then, Lidiia has been training at Aspire Gymnastics Academy and says, “Competing at the Olympics was not only a lifetime dream… but means finally achieving my ultimate sporting goal, representing Australia at the pinnacle sporting event of the world.” We asked Lidiia why she loves gymnastics, and she said “it pushes me past my limits both mentally and physically.” With her mum/coach, Luliia by her side, we know Lidiia is off to achieve amazing results in Tokyo and we can’t wait to watch and cheer her on!

You can read Lidiia Iakovleva’s full story here.