Aerobic World Championships and World Age Group Competition - Portugal

Late last month Australia’s best Aerobic Gymnasts travelled to Portugal to take to the stage for the 15th International Gymnastics Federation's (FIG) Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships, and 8th FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Age Group Competition.

Both events were held co-currently in Guimarães – a city in northern Portugal, renowned for its well preserved medieval architecture – with the World Age Competition running from May 25-27, followed by the World Championships from June 1-3.

The Australian team, led by Team Manager Pam Behan, consisted of 16 athletes, three coaches and two judges across both competitions.

World Championships

An extremely strong field converged on Guimarães for the World Championships, with Australia fielding three athletes in the Individual Women’s and Women’s Trio categories.

The Individual Women’s competition was tense throughout, with a logger-jam of tight results making it difficult to break into the top eight spots to qualify for the finals.

When all was said and done Victoria’s Olivia Feaver finished the best of the Aussies in 27th position, with a score 18.950, closely followed by New South Wales’ (NSW) Deborah Greenbaum in 29th, scoring 18.900. With both girls putting in consistent, high energy routines.

Olivia and Deborah were joined by NSW’s Annabel Muttdon for the Women’s Trio’s, rounding off their campaign by finishing 21st with a score of 19.241.

World Age Group Competition

The World Age Group Competition – which is held for Junior elite-level gymnasts - is separated into two age categories, being Age Group 1 made up of athletes aged 12-14, and Age Group 2 for athletes aged 15-17. It is the premiere competition for emerging international Aerobic Gymnastics talent.

Taking part in this year’s competition were 13 girls from across the country, who all added vital international experience to their development as competitive gymnasts.

Queensland’s Annabelle Mitchell was the highest placed individual finisher for Australia in Age Group 1, achieving a respectable 24th placing with 18.200, and Matilda Narvo from NSW scored 17.000 in Age Group 2 to top the Australian ranks in that category.

Rounding out event was the AeroDance group in Age Group 2, who came painfully close to making the finals after finishing in 9th place with 15.950, just one place outside qualification.



World Championships

Individual Women:

27th Olivia Feaver VIC 18.950

29th Deborah Greenbaum NSW 18.900


21st Olivia Feaver, Deborah Greenbaum & Annabel Muttdon 19.241

World Age Competition

Age Group 1

Individual Women:

24th Annabelle Mitchell QLD 18.200

35th Alex Young NSW 17.650


16th Annabelle Mitchell, Alex Young & Mya Ward 18.150

Age Group 2

Individual Women:

38th Matilda Narvo NSW 17.000

43rd Elyse Palmer WA 15.950


31st Elian Jabbour, Madison Swan & Matilda Rolfe-Narvo 16.675


9th Tiana Yan, Madison Rogers, Georgia Fragiadakis, Elisabeth Kidane, Casey Rogan & Taylah Woods 15.950