Australia’s Mitchell suffers serious knee injury


Australia’s Lauren Mitchell has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Universiade due to a serious knee injury.

Gymnastics Australia posted the following update on 30th June:

Gymnastics Australia confirms the withdrawal of Gymnast Lauren Mitchell from the upcoming 2015 World Universiade due to a knee injury sustained during a training session late yesterday.

The Women’s team consisting of Georgia-Rose Brown, Emma Nedov and Mary-Anne Monckton, together with coach Tracey Penaluna, departs today for the 2015 Summer Universiade to be held in Gwangju Korea from 3 – 14 July, 2015.

At this time Gymnastics Australia is working closely with Lauren and her support team of coaches and medical personnel to understand the extent of her injury and will provide further information once known.

With the WAIS confirming that 2010 World Floor Champion Mitchell sustained significant damage to her PCL and ACL, her run at a third Olympic Games is looking highly unlikely:

The Western Australian Institute of Sport wishes to advise that gymnast Lauren Mitchell has suffered ruptures to both the anterior cruciate (ACL) and posterior cruciate (PCL) ligaments of her right knee.

Scans confirmed significant damage to her ACL and PCL and Lauren has been in consultation with her medical and support team in determining the best course of action for her rehabilitation – a process that is still on-going.

Lauren wishes to stress that she has yet to make a decision on her gymnastics future and will hold-off on an announcement until after her treatment has been determined.

In the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games Lauren had been dealing with a shoulder injury which required surgery. She spent the majority of 2013 recovering from this. She returned to competition in January 2014 at the Doha World Cup and went on to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Here she won a silver team medal and also silver on beam. Lauren was back on track and was named to the 2014 World Championships squad but was forced to withdraw due to twin ankle injuries two days before departing for Nanning.

In December of 2014 Anna Rose Johnson caught up with Lauren who told us that she was focusing on getting health and strong and hoped to compete her new skill on floor (that she had hoped to debut at the 2014 WCh’s). Things were on the up for Lauren as she claimed gold on Floor and bronze on Beam at this years Australian National Championships.

Our thoughts are with Lauren at this difficult time and hope that her recovery goes extremely well.


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