From : London2012.olympics.com.au

Olympic Information

Debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st (all around),1st (ribbon), 1st (hoop), 1st (ball), 1st (clubs) – 2012 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 3rd (all around), 2nd (hoop), 2nd (ball), 3rd (ribbon) – 2012 Pacific Rim Championships (Seattle, USA)
  • 23rd (team), 75th (AA), 80th (hoop), 78th (ball), 94th (clubs), 40th (ribbon) – 2011 World Championships (Montpellier, France)
  • 24th (all around), 24th (hoop), 25th (ball), 24th (clubs), 24th (ribbon) – 2011 Berlin Masters (Berlin, Germany)
  • 24th (all around), 27th (hoop), 22nd (ball), 25th (clubs), 22nd (ribbon) – 2011 World University Games (Shenzhen, China)
  • 2nd (all around),1st (ribbon), 2nd (hoop), 2nd (ball), 2nd (clubs) – 2011 National Championships (Perth, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • WInning gold in the team event at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010
  • Being selected for my first Olympic Games in London

Interesting Facts

  • Janine Murray grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she took up rhythmic gymnastics as a 6-year-old because her best friend was doing it. In 2000 Janine commenced training under Bulgarian born coach Krasimira Yurukova.
  • In 2002 both Murray and Yurukova moved to Australia – Murray to Perth with her family, and Yurukova to Melbourne. Yurukova then moved to Perth in 2005 to take up the role of a Senior Coach at the WA Rhythmic Gymnastics High Performance Centre. Since then, Murray has trained with Yurukova.
  • Murray made her first senior Australian team in 2006, placing third in rope and ribbon at her first senior Australian Championships. She competed at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Championships. Her best individual result was in 2011 in Montpellier, France where she placed 40th in ribbon. Her best team result was in 2010 in Russia where the Australian team placed 19th.
  • She secured her berth at the 2012 Olympics by finishing the 2011 World Championships as the top ranked athlete from Oceania, earning a wildcard entry to compete in London.
  • At the 2010 Commonwealth Games Murray won gold as part of the rhythmic gymnastics team all around alongside 2008 Beijing Olympian Naazmi Johnston. She continued building for the London Olympics with an outstanding performance at the 2012 Australian Gymnastics Championships, taking the national title in the all around in addition to all four Olympic apparatus – hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

Sport

Years on national team

6

Coach

Krasimira Yurukova (2000 – 2002 & 2005 – current)

Primary Training Base

Perth, Australia

Club

Rhythmic Gymnastics High Performance Centre (WA, Australia)

Institute/Academy

Western Australia Institute of Sport, Perth

Education

Primary

Chisipite Junior School (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Secondary

Presbyterian Ladies’ College (WA, Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Science (Sport Science) – University of Western Australia (2008 – )