Trampoline athletes lead Jewish medal haul

Four medals were won in trampoline, including the only gold, earned by Cheltenham Youth Club rep James Mann Segal.

Trampoline athlete James Mann Segal wearing his gold medal.
Trampoline athlete James Mann Segal wearing his gold medal.

In the trampoline, rhythmic and artistic competitions at the 2024 Australian Gymnastics Championships in the Gold Coast from May 10-22, six medals were earned among seven Jewish athletes.

Four medals were won in trampoline, including the only gold, earned by Cheltenham Youth Club rep James Mann Segal, in the individual junior international U17 boys’ final – an event he won bronze in last year.

Mann Segal, who will shortly turn 16, placed first out of 15 in the preliminary rounds with scores of 44.040 and 52.830 – in a sport where if you make an early error, you bow out.

He then nailed the highest level of difficulty routine of all eight finalists, to top score with 54.550, edging New Zealander Roman McEvedy (52.720), fellow Victorian Emerson Leffler (51.525) and South Australian Isaac Afonso (51.350).

His performance featured two triple flips, eight “double doubles”, and a “miller” – a double backwards somersault with three full twists. “I was really happy with my routine, which I had been working hard on,” Mann Segal told The AJN.

“It’s such a fun sport … I love flying through the air, and it’s always a great thing when you work on a new move at training, or add more difficulty, and then execute it well in competition.”

He then helped Victoria win silver, just behind Tasmania, in the combined male trampoline team event.

Team NSW, featuring Avi Margolis from Sydney Gymnastics Centre, won bronze in that event.

Margolis also won a silver medal, having partnered with Shaun Swadling in the senior international men’s synchronised pairs, placing second with a score in the final of 90.550.

In his individual trampoline event, the 22-year-old placed third in the prelims, but an error in the final saw him finish seventh.

Still in trampoline, Jewish Queenslander Hudson Brown came 14th in the individual junior international U17 boys’ event.

Trampoline athlete James Mann Segal in action at the 2024 Australian Gymnastics Championships. Photo: Winkipop Media

In rhythmic gymnastics, Amber Goldberg was in a Victorian team of four that won bronze in the junior international category teams event, edging Western Australia for third by impressing the judges, and the spectators, with high risk but well executed routines.

In her individual competition, Goldberg came 24th overall, and 21st in hoop and ribbon.

Rhythmic gymnast Amber Goldberg poses for a photo at the nationals.

Eliana Brodsky helped her Victorian sub junior team win silver in the team all-around competition.
They earned a combined total of 231.850, edging third-placed Western Australia by exactly one point, while NSW easily won on 259.350.
Earlier in the individual sub junior all-around competition, Brodsky placed sixth out of 24 overall.
Her best results were fourth in clubs, and fifth in free.

Eliana Brodsky (on the left) with her Victorian sub junior teammates.

In men’s artistic gymnastics, NSW rep Aiden Kanevsky came 23rd out of 34 in the level 8 open all-around competition.

Kanevsky was particularly strong in floor, making the final and placing fourth, just 0.300 behind bronze winner Ben Ellis of Western Australia.

Last year’s gold medal winner in the level 9 U18 vault final, ACT rep Uri Lev, was only able to complete two routines this time, placing 16th in floor, and 26th in parallel bars.

The acrobatic and aerobic gymnastics nationals will be held from June 27-30.


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