2015 Universiade Gwangju Korea – World University Summer Games

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Great Britain’s currently busiest international gymnast Kelly Simm, comes to the end of her most recent run of international competition at the world university games in Gwangju Korea  beginning at the end of this week. The games open on Friday 3rd of July, with the artistic gymnastics opening with qualification on the Saturday the 4th.

The schedule of events is as follows:

04/07/15 WAG Qualification 11:00 am (04:00 am UK time)

05/07/15 WAG  Team Final  Womens 11:00 am (04:00 am UK time)

06/07/15 WAG AA Final 18:30 pm (11:30 am UK time)

07/07/15 WAG Apparatus Finals  10:00 am (03:00 UK time)

Obviously not a hugely UK friendly schedule, but the AA final is at a watchable time, and hopefully videos will be popping up on YouTube.

For those wishing to watch the competition, you can do so here:

http://www.livefisu.tv/home?ICID_GWA_TOP_0

As laid out in the schedule, there is a team event at the competition, but GB have elected only to send Kelly Simm, therefore eliminating any participation in the team event. Kelly will be looking to qualify in the top 24 for AA finals, and the top 8 for as many finals as she can. The selection criteria is as follows:

Eligibility for World University Competition 2014/15 FISU Criteria (General)

FISU Regulations 5.2.1
Only the following may participate as competitors in a FISU Sporting Event:
i) Students who are currently officially registered as proceeding towards a degree or diploma at the university or similar institute whose status is recognised by the appropriate national academic authority of their country (e.g. the Department of Education in the UK).
ii) Former students of the institutions mentioned in (i) who have obtained their academic degree/diploma in the year preceding the event. i.e. students graduating in 2013/14 are eligible to compete.
FISU Regulations 5.2.3
All competitors must satisfy the following conditions.
i) be a national of the country they represent (therefore hold a full 10 year UK passport)
ii) be at least 17 and less than 28 years of age on January 1st in the year of the event (born between 1 January 1987 and 31 December 1997)
Students studying abroad are eligible for selection provided they satisfy FISU regulations 5.2.1 and 5.2.3
Students attending courses franchised out from an institution [complying with FISU Regulations 5.2.1 (i)] are eligible for selection providing they also satisfy FISU Regulation 5.2.3.
BUCS Criteria (Academic)
The minimum level of study has been set at Level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or equivalent. Level 4 is equivalent to Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE).

In addition to these requirements, British gymnastics set the requirements that an AA score of 50.00 or over must be attained at any of the qualifying events ( BUCS Gymnastics Championships 2015, Senior British Gymnastics Championships 2015, Senior English Championships 2015) , or for gymnasts competing on two pieces, an average of 13.50 on both.

Gymnasts on the GB high performance program would be automatically selected, gymnasts not on the program could petition the nomination panel. Gymnasts at University abroad could also petition for inclusion.

Worth noting is that only gymnasts in the 2015 Great Britain senior national squad would be fully funded  for this event, which narrows the field considerably.  Kelly is studying Applied Sport Science at Southampton Solent University,  and I think at present she is the only one that fulfills the entire criteria.

Lets take a look at who is competing in which groups, there are two Czech, and one Uzbek, Mexican, and Croatian  gymnasts yet to be announced.

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WOMEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS:
SUBDIVISION 1(A):
MIXED GROUP 5:
  • (CZE)
  • (CZE)
  • Simone Penker (AUT)
  • Ana Filipa Martins (POR)
MIXED GROUP 2:
  • Dilnoza Abdusalimova (UZB)
  • (UZB)
  • Hiu Ying Angel Wong (HKG)
  • Elisabeth Geurts (NED)
SUBDIVISION 1 (B):
MIXED GROUP 4:
  • Sofie Braaten (NOR)
  • Tiril Dovre (NOR)
  • Jordan Rae (NZL)
  • (MEX)
MIXED GROUP 6:
  • Kristina Pravdina (AZE)
  • Marina Nekrasova (AZE)
  • Claudia Cummins (RSA)
SUBDIVISION 2 (A): 
MIXED GROUP 1:
  • Annika Urvikko (FIN)
  • Maija Leinonen (FIN)
  • (CRO)
MIXED GROUP 3:
  • Angelina Kysla (UKR)
  • Krystyna Sankova (UKR)
  • Carmen Astrid Horvat (SLO)
  • Kelly Simm (GBR)
SUBDIVISION 3 (B):
MALAYSIA:
  • Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
  • Tan Ing Yueh
  • Tracie Ang
  • Nur Eli Ellina Azmi
TURKMENISTAN:
  • Jahan Berdiyeva
  • Nasiba Orazmedova
  • Oguljemal Musayeva
SUBDIVISION 4 (A):
REPUBLIC OF KOREA:
  • HEO Seonmi
  • EUM Dayeon
  • PARK Seyeon
  • PARK Jisoo
  • PARK Eunkyung
AUSTRALIA:
  • Georgia-Rose Brown
  • Lauren Mitchell – Lauren was scheduled to compete but unfortunately is unable to due to injury.
  • Mary-Anne Monckton
  • Emma Jane Nedov
SUBDIVISION 4 (B):
RUSSIA:
  • Maria Paseka
  • Yekaterina Kramarenko
  • Daria Yelizarova
  • Polina Fedorova
  • Alla Sidorenko

JAPAN:

  • Asuka Teramoto
  • Natsumi Sasada
  • Sakura Yumoto
  • Wakana Inoue
  • Yu Minobe
Speculation is so full of ifs and buts, so dependent on so many gymnasts, and so many factors that it is often fairly pointless. You can speculate on results should everyone hit, but everyone rarely does. That said, looking at the field, Kelly will hopefully fare very well at this competition should she compete well.
  AA is difficult to predict not knowing which of the gymnasts are competing AA. We know that Mary Anne-Monkton is not, so must assume that Georgia-Rose Brown and Emma Jane Nedov from Australia are. Other than that, we can only wait and see. Going clean, Kelly could finish highly AA, as well as likely finals on vault, bars, and floor, where her strongest performances could definitely see her bringing home medals.
Good luck Kelly!