2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Artistic Gymnastics

  • 20/03/2018
David Bishop
David Bishop during his floor routine at Glasgow 2014. Photo credit: Photosport

While artistic gymnastics hasn’t been a traditional strength for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games, there have been a handful of stand-out successes.

The most notable one dates back to the 1990 Auckland Games, when 14-year-old Nikki Jenkins stepped out of relative obscurity to snare a gold medal in the vault.

In doing so, the Aucklander, who had only been called into the squad as a late injury replacement, became the youngest New Zealander to ever win gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Four years later, in Victoria, Canada, another injury-enforced call-up earned a podium finish, when Sarah Thompson snared a bronze medal in the uneven bars.

The artistic brand of gymnastics encompasses events using apparatuses on which athletes perform short routines, including the high bar, balance beam and vault.

New Zealand will send a seven-strong team to the Gold Coast, with lone woman Stella Ashcroft joining a men’s contingent lead by Glasgow floor bronze-medallist David Bishop.

Bishop will line up alongside Misha Koudinov, Devy Dyson, Kyleab Ellis and Ethan Dick, all contesting their first Commonwealth Games.

Stella Ashcroft

David Bishop
Ethan Dick
Devy Dyson
Kyleab Ellis
Misha Koudinov