Danielle Prince continued the New South Wales domination of Rhythmic Gymnastics at this year’s Australia Gymnastics Championships, claiming three Gold and one Silver Medal in tonight’s Senior International Apparatus Finals at Hisense Arena.
In front of an enthralled crowd, Prince’s experience shone through as she consistently outclassed the field – winning Ribbon, Clubs and Hoop – only being bested on one apparatus by fellow New South Wales teammate Enid Sung, who put together a commanding Ball routine to start the night.
Newly-crowned 2017 Senior International All-Around Australian Champion, Tara Wilkie, unfortunately had to withdraw from tonight’s finals due to a knee complaint that she picked up during her title win last night. Prince reflected on becoming New South Wales teammates with Wilkie and Sung, after the five-time All-Around Australian Champion moved from Queensland after her Olympic campaign in Rio last year.
Prince’s previous national record sets a high watermark, with dominant results throughout her career, and although she almost pulled off a clean sweep of the Apparatus Finals tonight, she said her performance was a little down on previous years.
On the other side of Hisense Arena, the Senior International Trampoline finals were decided with New South Welshman Ty Swadling claiming his second National title, with a score of 58.255, ahead of his brother and Silver Medallist Shaun Swadling (56.530), with fellow New South Welshman Aiden Thomas (55.955), rounding out the placings with Bronze.
Rio Olympian Dylan Schmidt (New Zealand) took outright Gold with a score of 60.625, but wasn’t eligible for the Australian Title.
After Swadling’s first individual National Title win in 2011, the now two-time Australian Champion credited his relaxed approach in the lead up to this event with giving him the edge ahead of a strong field.
The Female Senior Individual Trampoline competition was another clean sweep of the dais for New South Wales, with Kira Ward taking our the Gold Medal with a score 52.760, ahead of Leanne Van Rensburg on 48.790, and Amy Lewis on 48.205. New Zealand’s Rachel Schmidt finished second overall with 51.280, but like her brother Dylan, she is ineligible to win the Australian Title.