Blake Gaudry

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Blake Gaudry
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Blake Gaudry at the Australian Institute of Sport
Personal information
Country represented  Australia
Born (1991-11-29) 29 November 1991 (age 25)
Baulkham Hills, New South Wales.
Hometown Glengowrie, South Australia
Discipline Trampoline
Level Senior
Club SASI/T-Jets

Blake Gaudry (born 29 November 1991) is an Australian trampoline gymnast. He was the Australian trampoline champion in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and the national champion in the synchro event in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics in the event.

Personal[edit]

Gaudry with Olympic teammates and the AOC President John Coates.

Gaudry was born on 29 November 1991 in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales.[1] He lived in Seven Hills, New South Wales for fifteen years,[2] but considers Seaton, South Australia his hometown.[1][3] His parents are Noreen and Brian.[2] He has three sisters, Emma, Melissa and Rachel Gaudry.[2][1] As of 2012. Blake has completed his a Master of Architecture from the University of Adelaide.

Trampoline[edit]

Gaudry started gymnastics in 2002 as a ten-year-old,[1][4] and enjoys the thrill and adrenaline aspects of it.[1] He has set a goal of earning a medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4][5] His first coach was Sarah Barnitt at the Castle Hill gymnastics club.[1] While living in Seven Hills, he was coached by Michelle Olsen.[2] Belinda Wakeham from Ryde RSL Trampoline Club then became his coach before Gaudry moved to Adelaide.[2] He has been on scholarship for the trampoline at the South Australian Sports Institute in Adelaide for four years,[2] where he is coached by Nikolay Zhuralev, trains at the State Aquatic Centre and represents the Institute and T-Jets in club competitions.[1][3]

At the national level, Gaudry was the Australian champion in 2009, 2010 and 2012.[1] In 2011, he finished seventh.[1] In the 2007 Junior Australian championships, he finished eighth.[1] He was the national champion in the snychro event in 2009, 2010, and 2011.[1] Gaudry competed at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Championships where he finished 51st, 18th and 16th respectively.[1] At the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships he finished first in the synchro event.[1]

Gaudry with Olympic team mates, Tony Abbott and Kate Lundy at the Australian Institute of Sport.

In January 2012 at the Olympic Test event in London, his fifth-place finish earned Australia an Olympic spot.[4] He then earned his own spot at the national championships in June.[5]

Gaudry will represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men's trampoline,[6][7][8] and, as the third Australian gymnast named to the Olympic team, will be Australia's only trampoline competitor.[5] At the Games, he will be 20 years old.[2] His family had to pay A$240 a ticket to watch him in London as Gymnastics Australia was only able to secure two tickets per gymnast.[3] Gaudry was chosen with 3 other Olympic athletes to meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the beginning of the men's road cycling race at the 2012 London Olympics.[9][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Blake Gaudry". Gymnastics Australia. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Walker, Chris (2012-06-18). "Seven Hills: Blake our only trampolinist at London Olympic Games — General — Sport — Blacktown Advocate". Blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  3. ^ a b c Ralph, Jon (2012-06-15). "Even athletes can't get Olympic tickets". adelaidenow. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  4. ^ a b c "Blake Guardy trying to secure Games trampoline berth in China". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  5. ^ a b c "Games bound, Gaudry eyes Olympic medal". Nine MSN. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Mitchell heads gymnastics team — Other Sports — Sportal Australia". Sportal.com.au. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  7. ^ "The Australian Girls Hope to Finish Sixth as They Did in Beijing". The Australian. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Olympic debutants jump for joy". Canberra Times. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  9. ^ "Royal Treatment For Aussie Olympians". Olympic News. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-08-02.