School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

12/12/2017 - 15:42

Engineering student Michael Mercieca hopes he has perfected a winning formula for success at this week’s Commonwealth Games gymnastics trials.

The maths whiz spearheads Queensland’s six-strong team at the two-day trial, starting in Canberra on Thursday.

Mercieca, who has almost finished a University of Queensland degree in mechanical and materials engineering, is the National All-Around Men’s champion and Australia’s leading’s all-around medal hope at next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

"Success in sport is similar to success in engineering, you have a problem and you need to work out a solution and then you take steps to solve it," he said.

"I understand how a skill works and how I need to twist or rotate my body … which is critical to understanding the sport. I’m always looking at how a skill can be done better."