Take a bow NSW: Breanna Scott and Heath Thorpe light up world stage

Australian Women's Team: (L-R) Georgia Godwin, Romi Brown, Georgia Rose-Brown, Kate Sayer and Breanna Scott

All the ingredients were there: electric atmosphere, the best gymnasts in the world and an Aussie team that was united and strong.

Amidst it all, Gymnastics NSW’s very own Breanna Scott (Sydney Gymnastics Centre/NSW HPC) and Heath Thorpe (Shire Gymnastics/NSW HPC) made a superb debut at the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

The duo joined the Aussie contingent in held in Liverpool, England, between Oct 29 and November 6, to fight for themselves and the team. They were also supported by NSW’s High Performance coach Yusuf Topari.

Off the back of a team silver at the Commonwealth Games, Bre put in a great performance across beam, floor and vault – with the latter earning her a score of 13.333. A fantastic result that placed her in the top 40 out of nearly 150 athletes on vault. Her scores across all apparatus also contributed to the women’s team total score of 156.095, earning them 10th place!

The team have shown once again they are capable of greatness, with all-around finalist Georgia Godwin (QLD) placing 12th in the world with a score of 52.669. Victorian Romi Brown also made the all-around final in her debut World Championship, earning a score of 49.265.

Reflecting on the team’s achievements, Georgia gave a big shout out to each member. “So proud of how hard we’ve worked, how much we’ve come together as a team and I’m looking forward taking on the next few years with you all,” she wrote on Instagram.

Australian Men's Team: (L-R) James Bacueti, Heath Thorpe, Tyson Bull, Clay Mason Stephens, Mitchell Morgans 

Among the men, Heath also stood proud as he finished as one of the top 50 all-around gymnasts in the world! His best score of 13.266 was on the horizontal bar, with an all-around score of 75.999.

“From having COVID 2 weeks ago, to injuries, to mental blocks… there were so many times I didn’t think I’d be here. I really have to give a huge shoutout to my team. You guys were my rock tonight and I owe my efforts to you. Thank you for everything,” Heath wrote on Instagram.

“One of my lifelong goals is complete.”

Congratulations also goes to Heath’s teammate Tyson Bull, from Victoria, who went onto the horizontal bar final where he put in an incredible effort to achieve a score of 13.766 and place 8th in the world.

Congratulations to all our athletes – we are so proud of you!