09/06/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/05/2019 17:52
The final week of celebrations for Gymnastics Australia's 70th anniversary continues with Acrobatic Gymnastics.
Gymnastics Australia spoke with two of three Senior Trio athletes from Gladesville RSL Gymnastics, Katie Rose and Daisy Puckeridge.
Only recently did Rose and Puckeridge join as a Trio with Millie Hulst, Rose reflecting on their most memorable career moment as a Pair.
'A moment that has stood out for me in my career in Acrobatic Gymnastics was winning a bronze medal at the 2018 Junior World Championships in a 12-18 pair, I was 12 years old at the time and my partner Daisy was 17,' Rose said.
'It was my first ever World Championships and representing Australia had been my goal since I was a little girl.
'At the World Championships, my partner and I competed three of our best routines ever, and being the first Australians to ever win a medal at these championships was an incredible feeling.'
Once an athlete steps out onto the competition floor to represent their country, that rush of adrenalin and all the hours in the gym comes together for an incredibly special moment.
'Being able to represent my country is a great honour and something that I am extremely proud of,' Puckeridge said.
'It proves that all the hard work and training pays off and has given great purpose and meaning to my sport.'
'Representing your country, wearing the green and gold tracksuit with an Australian flag on your shoulder, shows you that training hard and committing yourself to something does pay off,' Rose said.
'Even though it may be hard at times, it is all worth it in the end when you are able to achieve your goals and get the results you want.'
The evolution in sport is inevitable and for Acrobatics it is no different after a large growth in participation numbers.
'The number of athletes competing within Australia has grown and the standard has become much higher,' Puckeridge said.
'Last year, Australia took a team of 40 athletes to the World championships, making us one of the largest teams to compete from Australia.'
'I started in Recreational Gymnastics when I was 4 years old. I moved to Acrobatics when I was six. At the time, my family didn't even know what Acrobatic Gymnastics was and assumed I was competing in WAG,' Rose said.
'A main point of development in the sport over the past years has been the size and participant numbers. Each year there are more and more participants at all levels of Acrobatics- the junior levels up to Internationals.'
The common word for the future of Acrobatics when asked is 'Olympics'. Both, Rose and Puckeridge hope that's where their sport will find itself.
'Ideally in the coming years, Acrobatic Gymnastics will become an Olympic sport, enabling the sport to grow even bigger and more widespread,' Rose said.
'Acrobatic Gymnastics has recently been introduced to the Youth Olympics and European Games, so I would love to see it make it to the Olympic Games.'
'Olympic Games exposure would show the worlds what a great sport acrobatics is and what strength and expertise is required to compete at an elite level,' Puckeridge said.
Being involved in an elite sport can mean a vigorous training schedule, endless plane trips and a whole lot of hard work. Yet, Rose and Puckeridge couldn't speak more highly of being involved in the Acrobatic Program.
'It is an absolute honour to compete in the acrobatics program,' Puckeridge said.
'It acknowledges athletes who have reached an elite level and allows for continual knowledge and improvements to be made so that we can reach our goals.'
'Acrobatics teaches you fundamental life skills in a fun and competitive environment,' Rose said.
'Of all the Gymsports, I am glad I am involved in Acrobatics because it is a team sport where I rely on my partner/s and we develop incredible trust and bonds with each other.
'I have met so many great people of all ages through Acrobatics, and achieved things I never thought were possible.
'I am proud to be able to say that through the Acrobatics program I have been able to represent my club, my state and my country at competitions all over the world and train with some of the world's best coaches.'
The next competition for the Trio of Puckeridge, Rose and Hulst is the 2019 National Clubs Carnival taking place this month on the Gold Coast.