FAQs

Q. How did you become involved in the sport.

A. My dance teacher suggested I try it because of my natural flexibility, My mum took me to a trial class with recreational gymnasts and by the time she came to pick me up I was down the other end the gym working with the junior elite girls. From the moment I walked into the gym and saw the girls training I knew I was in the right place and that it was the sport for me.


Q. How old were you when you started?

A. I first started the sport at age 11, before then I had always been active and loved horse riding, dancing and swimming.


Q. How many hours do you train?

A. I do a mixture of gymnastic specific training, ballet, pilates and strength, conditioning & cardio training, so I train for approx 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. Of course when I first started gymnastics I trained less hours.


Q. How old were you when you first represented Australia?

A. I was 14years old and I competed at the AYOF. I was part of the team that won Australia’s first ever AYOF Gold Medal in Rhythmic  Gymnastics. I also came 4th in the All round competition.


Q. How old were you when you first travelled and competed overseas?

A. When I was 13 I was lucky enough to attend a number of competitions in Europe and also train in Russia & Bulgaria.


Q. How do you get ready for competition day?

A. I am an early riser by nature and competition doesn’t change this so I’ll be usually up and moving by around 6am. If my competition schedule permits I will usually fit in a morning training session, usually just a light session to get my body moving and work out any kinks from the previous day or if I am overseas I will go for a short walk. Once back home and in an effort to take my mind off the competition, I’ll often watch some light hearted reality TV.

It usually takes me around 2 hours to get ready for competition, I'll do my hair and make up whilst listening to not only my competition playlist but some ‘girl power’ tracks by Beyonce, Eminem or Queen. Once at the competition arena my warm up routine includes general stretching, ballet and body preparation before I head out onto the mat to compete.


Q. Do you get nervous before you compete?

A. Sometimes it’s hard not to be a little nervous but in the moments before I walk out into the competition arena I aim to try to be as calm as possible. Just before my each of my routines I visualise myself performing my routine perfectly, catching all of my throws, going through all of my difficulties and hitting my finishing position. With my favourite hand towel and lucky bear close by I take three deep breaths and walk out in to the competition arena!!


Q. How do you unwind after a competition?

A. Post competition I will do a warm down and then do anything else I am required to do at the venue like drug testing or media commitments. Once I’m back at home/hotel then I have an ice bath, a good nutritious meal and a catch up with friends and family via phone/skype before settling down with a good book for the night.


Q. What hobbies do you have?

A. I really enjoy baking cakes, biscuits & desserts. I’ve also got a knack for cake decorating and spend lots of my spare time searching for new recipes to try or researching new decorating ideas for my next project. I love spending time with my friends and family as well.


Q. Do you have any pets?

A. We have two family dogs…very big furry dogs in fact. Ruby is an Alaskan Malamute and Alf is a Husky Malamute cross, both were rescue  dogs and are spoilt rotten by everyone in the family but especially by my Dad. We also have a cat called Charlie.


Q. What other sport would you do if you didn’t do Rhythmic Gymnastics?

A. I not really sure but I know I would definitely be doing some kind of activity or sport as I love being active. Both my parents do triathlons, so maybe I would do something similar.


Q. Whats your favourite meal/food?

A. I love fresh fruit, especially strawberries & watermelon. Of course, like many Australians I love my mums spaghetti bolognaise!