Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Gymnastics

  • 01/01/2022

Gymnastics has featured the Commonwealth Games since 1978 and is now a core sport, with Canada, Australia and England traditionally dominant on the medal table.

This is one of those sports where Commonwealth nations struggle to compete with Eastern Europeans and Americans at the Olympics, so a medal here represents a career highlight.

Competition is split over artistic - floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar, uneven bars and balance beam - and rhythmic gymnastics, using hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon and rope.

New Zealand has won two gold medals - one each in artistic and rhythmic at Auckland 1990, where Nikki Jenkins took out the women's vault and Angela Walker won the rope discipline.

Nikki Jenkins receives her 1990 gold medal
Nikki Jenkins receives her 1990 gold medal. Photo credit: Photosport

Most recently, David Bishop captured a bronze medal with his floor routine at Glasgow 2014.

At Birmingham, Mikhail Koudinov will attend his fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games - a record for Kiwi gymnasts.

NZ Team


Ethan Dick, Sam Dick, William Fu Allen, Mikhail Koudinov, Jorden O’Connell-Inns


Paris Chin, Havana Hopman 

NZ Medals

Gold (2) - Nikki Jenkins (vault 1990), Angela Walker (rope 1990) 

Bronze (9) - Women's Artistic Team (1978), Raewyn Jack (hoop & ribbon 1990), Angela Walker (ball, ribbon & all-round 1990), Sarah Thompson (uneven bars 1994), David Philips (floor 1998), David Bishop (floor 2014)