Golden girl Georgia Godwin shines at Birmingham 2022

Queensland’s Georgia Godwin has shone bright in Birmingham, taking five medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to equal the all-time record for a female Australian gymnast.

Combined with her silver and two bronze from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, Godwin has now equalled Allana Slater’s record of 8 Commonwealth Games medals, while also recording the most individual golds at the Commonwealth Games since Lauren Mitchell at Delhi in 2010.

On the final day of artistic competition in Birmingham, Georgia added a fifth medal to her tally when she won silver on the beam with a score of 13.433, behind teammate Kate McDonald on 13.466, who took gold in her first Commonwealth Games.

Surrounded by a crowd full of English supporters on home soil, Godwin drew on her competition experience to remain calm and focused. Not allowing the intense atmosphere to phase her, she was able to produce the best results of her Commonwealth Games career – two gold and three silver. 

“It’s been an honour to represent Australia in the green and gold at my second Commonwealth Games. It hasn’t been a smooth journey, but I have an incredibly supportive network around me, and I am grateful for them,” Godwin said.

Delta Gymnastics Director John Mitchell said Georgia embodied all that was good about the sport of gymnastics.

Training up to 30 hours a week in the lead up to state and national selection, John said Georgia represented hard work, determination, discipline, and composure.

“Georgia has worked hard to achieve her goals but is still a humble athlete who is a great support to her teammates,” Mr Mitchell said.

“At Delta, we have been fortunate to watch her journey over the past seven years. She’s been an incredible role model, not just for our gymnasts, but for all young girls in Australia.”

Gymnastics Queensland CEO Chris Rushton said Georgia’s gymnastics career would inspire the next generation of gymnasts to come.

“Gymnastics Queensland is extremely proud of Georgia. She has worked incredibly hard over the years, and it’s been wonderful to watch her grow as an athlete. We couldn’t ask for a better representative,” he said.

“With Brisbane hosting the Olympic Games in 2032, our future in gymnastics is looking bright in Queensland.”

The Australian artistic gymnastics team finished the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with nine medals, finishing second overall on the medal count to England, who dominated both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Godwin now plans to enjoy a well-earned break with teammate Emily Whitehead; they are heading on a holiday to London and France in the coming weeks. 

Georgia’s results at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:

Silver – Women’s Team Final
Gold – Individual All-Around
Gold – Vault
Silver – Uneven Bars
Silver – Beam