Brisbane born Danielle, is one of Australia’s most decorated Rhythmic gymnasts. She has recently earned her place in the history books by becoming the only Australian female gymnast to compete at 3 Commonwealth Games. She is also the only Rhythmic gymnast to win 5 National All-Around Championship titles and in 2016 was Australia’s sole representative in the Rhythmic competition at the Rio Olympics.
Danielle’s journey from a budding gymnast to an Olympian began at age 11 with a gymnastics club that used the local school hall as their training facility. She initially trained for just 2 hours a week but was quickly identified by her coaches as having the potential to excel in the sport and was soon training up to 25 hours a week.
Whilst still in primary school and only a few short months after taking up the sport, Danielle chose to dress up as an Olympian for her free dress day entitled ‘what I want to be when I grow up’. And so began her Road to Rio. Winning her first State championship title in 2006, Danielle made her international debut at the Australian Youth Olympics in 2007, where she finished four in the all around competition and was also a member of the gold medal winning team.
With a podium finish at a senior level every year for the last nine, she has been a dominant competitor at national level for more than a decade, she has won five National Champion titles (four won consecutively between 2013-2016) and amassed a total of 27 All Around and Apparatus Gold medals, a feat that no other Australian Rhythmic Gymnast has achieved.
In 2009 Danielle competed at the first of her 7 World Championships with her highest ranking of 52nd achieved in 2017. Four years after missing out on selection for the 2012 London Olympics by the smallest of margins and
living by the mantra ‘Don’t be bitter be better” Danielle finally realised her childhood dream of becoming an Olympian when she placed 25th in the All-Around competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
As a dual Commonwealth Games medalist, Danielle has competed at 3 consecutive games in 2010, 2014 and 2018 and lists competing in front of a home crowd at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games amongst her
most memorable moments during her sporting.
After officially announcing her retirement from elite level competition in January 2019, Danielle has since made the transition into coaching and mentoring the next generation of Olympians. Passionate about working and inspiring young athletes, Danielle has also founded the Shooting Stars Mentoring Program which provides mentoring and guidance for young Rhythmic athletes who need a helping hand to achieve their dreams.