First, I know, I know, you’re thinking, ‘what, is every second baby born in Australia named Georgia or something?’. Yes, we have an awful lot of Georgias- a gaggle, a swag, a plethora- particularly on the Australian national team. Quickly, let me break it down for the confused among you;
Georgia Bonora- Aussie senior citizen, fabulous all-arounder, Olympian (2008), weak ankles, great beam, still training at twenty.
Georgia Wheeler- Rookie year was at Worlds and Commonwealth Games, massive Tkatchev, great bars, comedian, injury messed 2011 Worlds bid.
Georgia Rose Brown, 2011 World Team, tall, leggy and impossibly elegant, great floor but best on bars, dance background, rookie last year.
Georgia Goodwin- Junior Aussie gymnast, from Queensland, massively talented, powerful and dynamic, a future hope.
Then there is Georgia Simpson, who is not as new as some might believe, but is an exciting addition now that she is back in form.
I clearly remember during the 2010 Worlds podium training in Rotterdam, people asking who the elegant, long gymnast from Australia was. There was even, I believe a couple of videos of her, getting the fans interested worldwide. This was Georgia Simpson, a gymnast from Western Australia who was the travelling reserve for the Aussie team. People were very impressed with this gymnast’s gorgeous lines and elegant dance. Sadly she did not have quite the difficulty yet. Georgia turned sixteen while in Rotterdam, watching the rest of the team compete.
Since then, Simpson has had injury issues, including a dislocated patella (kneecap), elbow problems and a hamstring injury which has kept her out of the running since. The fact that she has been taken to the Test Event signals that she is now back in form and in consideration for the Australian Olympic team.
Simpson trains at the Western Australian Institute of Sport, one of the country’s top high performance gyms. It has produced stars like Daria Joura and Lauren Mitchell and is home to Emily Little, another top all arounder who is with Georgia in London for the Test Event. She started gymnastics because her sister did the sport and was first trained by Irina Joura, Daria’s mother. Her favorite events are floor and beam.
The Gymnastics Examiner was very impressed with Simpson during podium training, saying of her beam set;
“I’m pretty impressed by Georgia Simpson on beam as well. She’s very square, and has beautiful long lines but a lot of athletic ability as well.”
Check out Georgia’s routines from the Test Event. This girl rivals Georgia Rose Brown for elegance and style;
Her floor- it is by no means terrible difficult, but it is lovely;
Her bars in podium training. According to Peggy Liddick, Australian National coach, Georgia has grown (she is already tall!) and has had to have the bars heightened in London while there;
Her beam- her leaps are beautiful and her opening is very simple and elegant;