Allana Slater

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Allana Slater
Full nameAllana Amy Slater
Country represented Australia
Born (1984-04-03) 3 April 1984 (age 39)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
ClubWestern Australian Institute of Sport
Former coach(es)Nikolai Lapchine; Jo Richards
Medal record
Representing  Australia
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Anaheim Team
World Cup Final
Silver medal – second place 2000 Glasgow Uneven Bars
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Stuttgart Floor Exercise
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Team
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Team
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Vault
Silver medal – second place 1998 Kuala Lumpur All-Around
Silver medal – second place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Floor Exercise
Silver medal – second place 2002 Manchester Uneven Bars
Silver medal – second place 2002 Manchester Balance Beam
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Manchester All-Around

Allana Amy Slater (born 3 April 1984) is a retired Australian artistic gymnast. The Australian senior all-around National Champion in 2000, 2003 and 2004 and a multiple medalist at the Commonwealth Games, Slater is one of Australia's most internationally successful gymnasts.

Early life[edit]

Allana Slater was born in Western Australia on 3 April 1984 in Perth, Western Australia.[1]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Slater competed at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, receiving Australia's first ever Commonwealth Games team gold medal. Individually, she also won two silver medals in the all around and floor exercise finals.[2]

Slater and her Australian teammates finished fifth at the 1999 World Championships. At the same competition, Slater earned the highest place individual world ranking ever achieved by an Australian gymnast when she finished 9th in the individual all around.[1]

In the most closely contested National Championship in Australian Gymnastics history, Slater pipped Trudy McIntosh with her last event to win her first National title early in 2000.[citation needed]In July of that year, at the Olympic Trials, Slater won to secure a place on her first Olympic team. The team finished in 7th place. Individually, Slater went on to compete in the individual all around where she finished in 16th place. She was also asked to join the Olympic medallists in performing in the post competition Gymnastics Gala.[citation needed]

In the all-around final at Sydney 2000, Slater alerted officials to an equipment problem. Just before the third rotation, Slater, who was on vault in that rotation, realized that the vaulting horse seemed to be at the wrong height relative to her own stature and alerted her coach and the judges. Officials measured the apparatus and found that it had in fact been set 5 cm too low. The mistake was corrected and the gymnasts who had vaulted in the first two rotations were offered the chance to retake their vault. However, many had already been mentally affected by this mistake and subsequently performed worse in the other disciplines, while Britain's Annika Reeder had been injured and was forced to pull out of the event entirely.[3]

After the Olympics, Slater returned to Europe at the end of the year to take part in the last two events on the World Cup Circuit. At the DTB Cup, she won Australia's first ever World Cup grand prix gold medal on the uneven bars, and also collected a silver medal on floor.[citation needed]

In 2002, Slater won her second World Cup Grand Prix gold medal at the Cottbus event on the floor in Germany. The Pacific Alliance Championships soon followed and Slater helped the Australian team to a silver medal as well as picking up an individual silver medal on the floor exercise. At the Australian Championships, she finished in second place overall just behind Alex Croak, and won three of the four individual apparatus titles. This event doubled as the first selection trial for the Commonwealth Games team, and after a month-long selection camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, Slater was named in her second Commonwealth Team. At the games, Australia won the team title by almost four points. Slater won four individual medals and returned home as one of the most successful Australian team members. She was selected as one of three athletes to represent the whole team in being welcomed home by the prime minister John Howard.[citation needed] Slater was then selected as Australia's only representative for the 2002 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships after winning five gold medals at the selection trials.

In 2003 at the world championships in Anaheim, Slater led the Australian team to the bronze medal, the first ever won by any Australian female gymnast at this level.

Slater competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, where she qualified for the balance beam final, but did not win a medal after a fall from the beam. She retired from gymnastics on 24 August 2005.[1]

After gymnastics[edit]

After retirement, Slater has gone on to do some television work in Australia, providing commentary for Australian cable television for some gymnastics events, as well as doing some television presenting work during the Australian coverage of the 2005 World Gymnastics Championships. Slater also had a cameo in the 2006 gymnastics film Stick It. In 2007, Slater took up pistol shooting.[4]

In 2011, she was inducted into the Western Australian Institute of Sport Hall of Champions.[1]

Slater married Scott Penney in 2013; they have a son born in 2019. As of 2020, Slater works as a physiotherapist and a sonographer.[5] Slater also currently serves on the WA Olympic Council.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Allana Slater". Western Australian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 17 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Allana Slater". Retrieved 17 May 2023.
  3. ^ Roberts, Selena (22 September 2000). "SYDNEY 2000: GYMNASTICS; Romania Sweeps as Controversy Swirls". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Former gymnast shoots for gold". ABC 7:30 Report. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008.
  5. ^ "'Does the vault look low to you?': The Aussie teen who spotted Sydney's stunning gymnastics fail". Sydney Morning Herald. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Slater, Methodist Ladies' College". Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  • ^ "Gymnastics Australia". Retired Athletes. Archived from the original on 20 February 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2006.

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