Universiade Competitors Confirmed


The Summer Universiade, a multi-sport event organized for university athletes and held every two years, is set to begin on July 3 in Gwangju, South Korea.

The gymnastics competition will begin on July 4 with the first day of individual qualifications and team finals, the same format we saw at the European Games. Team medals will be awarded on the 5th, followed by the all-around competition on July 6 and event finals on July 7.

The Russians won the team event in 2013, and though their team is slightly weaker this time around, they still have big names, including European vault champion Maria Paseka. She headlines a team that also features Daria Elizarova, Polina Fedorova, Ekaterina Kramarenko, and Alla Sidorenko, none of whom would normally factor into a major international team picture this year but for a B team, it’s a pretty solid group.

Their competition includes Australia and Japan, both of whom are sending mostly A team gymnasts. Australia’s Georgia-Rose Brown, Lauren Mitchell, Mary-Anne Monckton, and Emma Nedov are all very experienced, as are Japan’s Wakana Inoue, Yu Minobe, Natsumi Sasada, Asuka Teramoto, and Sakura Yumoto.

Malaysia and South Korea are the only other countries sending full teams, with Malaysia’s including the six-time Southeast Asian Games medalist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi. Individual standouts in attendance include Great Britain’s Kelly Simm and Portugal’s Filipa Martins. There will also be a couple NCAA gymnasts in the mix, including Simone Penker of Austria, who competes for the University of Alaska, and Jordan Rae of New Zealand, who just completed a standout freshman year at Bowling Green.

A full list of competitors is below. Hyphens currently mark spots where countries have opted to send a gymnast or two, though these gymnasts have not yet been officially named.

Official Team Rosters

Georgia-Rose Brown
Lauren Mitchell
Mary-Anne Monckton
Emma Nedov
Simone Penker
Marina Nekrasova
Kristina Pravdina
Czech Republic
Maija Leinonen
Annika Urvikko
Great Britain
Kelly Simm
Hong Kong
Angel Wong Hiu Ying
Wakana Inoue
Yu Minobe
Natsumi Sasada
Asuka Teramoto
Sakura Yumoto
Tracie Ang
Nur Eli Ellina Azmi
Farah Ann Abdul Hadi
Tan Ing Yueh
Elisabeth Geurts
New Zealand
Jordan Rae
Sofie Bråten
Tiril Døvre
Filipa Martins
Daria Elizarova
Polina Fedorova
Ekaterina Kramarenko
Maria Paseka
Alla Sidorenko
Carmen Horvat
South Africa
Claudia Cummins
South Korea
Eum Da Yeon
Heo Seon Mi
Park Eunkyung
Park Ji Soo
Park Seyeon
Jahan Berdiyeva
Oguljemal Musayeva
Nasiba Orazmedova
Angelina Kysla
Krystyna Sankova
Dilnoza Abdusalimova

Article by Lauren Hopkins

10 thoughts on “Universiade Competitors Confirmed

      • I couldn’t believe it but Brenna name is actually back on US national team?!! Wonder since when did that happen? USAgymnastics news release of Brenna deferring was posted 6/9, and the updated senior national team list is dated 6/10. that is quite interesting. wonder how that happened. did marta finally gave in to her persistence it’s almost like she never left!!

        That is one very busy senior national team! I mean this year’s classic and p&g will be very stacked and ultracompetitive!! I already feel disappointed and sad that there will likely be some heartbreaks.


  1. So y also have to b enrolled also in university to be eligible? Didnt know those on the aussie and japan a team and also russian including paseka r in uni….


  2. In her book I’m pretty sure it wasn’t national team members but not completely sure, after 2016 olympics I bet a lot of girls who were on national team would be interested in going since so many have committed to college’s. I love your site, I got tickets to go to the Olympic trials and am hoping I can combine a business trip with world championships. the coolest thing I ever got to do with gymnastics was going backstage at the 2008 olympic tour and meeting all the gymnasts. Thanks for doing this site


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