21 Dec 2017

Five strong NZ gymnastics team named for Gold Coast

11:29 am on 21 December 2017

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist David Bishop and Olympian Misha Koudinov are among a team of five gymnasts named in the New Zealand team to compete in next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

It will be Koudinov's fourth Commonwealth Games.

Joining Koudinov and Bishop are Devy Dyson, Kyleab Ellis and Ethan Dick.

For Ellis, Dyson and Dick, it will be their first Commonwealth Games and, for Dick, his international senior debut.

David Bishop won bronze in the Mens Floor Final in Glasgow.

David Bishop won bronze in the Mens Floor Final in Glasgow. Photo: Photosport

The chief executive of Gymnastics New Zealand said there is a strong tradition in New Zealand men's artistic representation at the Commonwealth Games. "There is a fantastic blend of experience versus exciting new talent on this team," he said.

"The opportunity for Misha and David to guide Ethan, Kyleab and Devy through such an elite event process, is the foundation on which any performance programme is built on. This team has fantastic potential, and we wait with great anticipation, their performances at the Games in April 2018."

Whilst Devy is based in Canada, all NZ based athletes are from Tri Star Gymnastics club in Auckland where they train under coach David Phillips.

Phillips took bronze on floor in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and was a Sydney 2000 Olympian.

All five gymnasts compete will compete in the men's artistic disciplines on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand has competed in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games since 1978.

In that time one gold and four bronze Commonwealth Games gymnastics medals have been won.