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SA’s Jesse Moore makes history as part of Australia’s largest-ever Olympic gymnastics team

Australia unveils its biggest Olympic gymnastics team yet for the Paris Games, featuring 13 athletes across multiple disciplines.

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Gymnastics Australia has announced the largest team ever to represent the country at an Olympic Games. Thirteen elite gymnasts, including South Australian Jesse Moore, will be heading to Paris to compete across various disciplines including Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Trampoline Gymnastics.

This is the first time a South Australian has been selected for the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team, marking a significant milestone for sport in the state.

For Moore, the selection is a dream come true. “I’ve worked so hard for this moment, and it’s surreal to think that it’s actually happening,” he said. “I’m honoured to be representing South Australia and can’t wait to show the world what we’re capable of.”

Moore will be joined in Paris by a number of other talented gymnasts, including Emily Whitehead and Lidiia Iakovleva, who are both returning to the Olympics after competing in Tokyo.

Whitehead is a key member of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team, while Iakovleva will be competing both individually and as part of a group in Rhythmic Gymnastics – a first for any Australian gymnast.

The team also includes 17-year-old Brock Batty, the youngest Australian trampolinist to ever compete at the Olympic Games. Batty, who travels hours each day by public transport for training, said he was “so excited” to be representing his country.

Gymnastics Australia’s Interim CEO and High-Performance Director, Chris O’Brien, said he was proud of the diverse and talented team that had been selected.

“The selection of these 13 athletes reflects the emphasis on athlete-centred strategies and the investment in leadership that Gymnastics Australia has pursued,” he said.

The Artistic Gymnastics competitions will be held from July 27 to August 5, with the Trampoline competition on August 2 at the Bercy Arena. The Rhythmic Gymnastics events will take place from August 8 to 10 at the Porte de La Chappelle Arena.

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