Men's gymnasts to use Universiade ahead of Gold Coast

Michael Merceica from The University of Queensland is preparing for his third appearance at the World University Games after claiming a national title earlier in the year.

The men's team of five, which also includes Mitchell Morgans, Christopher Remkes, Clay Stephens and Michael Tone, will use the Summer Universiade as the perfect multi-sport style competition ahead of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year.

In 2016, Merceica, who is studying mechanical and material engineering, was selected to represent Australia at the Aquece Rio Olympic Test Event at the Rio Games before going on to win the All Around national title in May.

"The main goal in Taipei for Australia is to test our team in preparation for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games so it is important to see what configurations work best and where our team is lacking strength, my personal goal is to make the All Around final at the Universiade," Merceica said.

"It’s really important to start our preparation early if we want any chances of rivalling England and Canada.

"This competition is great first step to making a strong team that will be able to compete for medals at the Commonwealth Games next year."

Merceica competed at the 2015 Summer Universiade placing 23rd in the All Around qualification in South Korea, and also featured in the teams event at the 2011 Games.

"Last year was quite disappointing to come away with an injury in qualifiers, but it all came together this year, which feels so good," he said after winning gold.

In 2014, he represented Australia at the world championships placing 26th in the teams event and has been selected to compete at the 2017 Individual Apparatus World Cup in Melbourne.

Joining Merceica in Taipei will be Canberra Institute of Technology student Christopher Remkes who also won a national title this year.

The multiple national level apparatus champion has represented Australia at the World Championships in Nanning, where he finished in 147th on Vault, and 107th on Floor.

Recently he was a part of the ‘one year to go’ launch for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games before winning gold in the vault final at the World Cup event in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Remkes is considered a legitimate gold medal contender next year on the Gold Coast, before he makes a bid to compete at the next Olympics in Tokyo.

 

Artistic Gymnastics men’s team:  
Clay Stephens University of Canberra
Mitchell Morgans University of Canberra
Christopher Remkes Canberra Institute of Technology
Michael Merceica The University of Queensland
Michael Tone Queensland University of Technology
Coaches:  
Vladimir Vatkin Coach
Sean Wilson Coach
Stephanie Woodhouse Physiotherapist

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