Great Britain & Australia Updates

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This weekend the British women will take on Portugal and Romania in an international friendly. The competition will help to decide who will make the British Worlds team. The team will be announced by British Gymnastics next week. Jennifer Pinches posted on her Twitter that whoever is chosen to represent Great Britain must work hard to qualify for London 2012 – no pressure!!

Whoever is chosen then has to keep working even harder 2 do the job in Japan- qualify for 2012!

Yesterday was media day at The National Training Centre, Lilleshall. Not much information has been released as yet but some small but interesting bits of information have trickled out. 2008 Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith discussed his disappointment at the European Championships when he slipped off the Pommel Horse, citing a camera as the reason for the fall.

“I just had to pick myself up and get back into things after the mistake at the European Championships.

“You have to learn from your mistakes, so you can’t just forget about it. Lots went on at the championships, like where the cameras were.

“I went in fully fit and ready, and to fall off to a mistake that really wasn’t my fault – it knocks your confidence. But the result in the Korea Cup was really good and restores your confidence.”

Louis also revealed that he has upgraded his Pommel Horse routine ahead of Worlds, which will be the hardest in the world. He discussed the upcoming MAG British Championships this weekend which will also be the Men’s third Worlds Team trial. Louis plans debut his new routine at the World Championships in Tokyo;

“When I go to the Brits, I treat it as a normal competition. I have to try to keep the little nippers and the young ones at bay. It’s intensified a bit as I’m intending on doing a new routine at the world championships.

“I have an even harder one I’m planning on doing at the Olympics, but I don’t want to give away too much yet.

“It’s the hardest routine in the world, and if I can squeeze the best out of it, I should be pushing the Chinese.”

British Gymnastics will have live scores for the MAG British Championships and will also have a report on the WAG GBR V POR V ROU friendly. A busy weekend for BG but they can handle it.

All has been quite quiet in the world of Australian gymnastics of late. The MAG Worlds Team was announced last month with the final trial for the WAG team taking place this weekend in Canberra. Lauren Mitchell arrived last Sunday;

“Hi everyone, I arrived at the camp in Canberra last Sunday. We have final trials coming up on Friday and Saturday to make the World Championships team. Everyone’s looking pretty fit and ready to compete. It should be an exciting competition to see who makes the team. Good luck to everyone!”

So hopefully next week we will have some big news from BG and GA! Full Twist will of course post the teams when they are announced.

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