Emily Whittington excels across the board

Emily Whittington after her state championship swim in the 100m backstroke.
Emily Whittington after her state championship swim in the 100m backstroke.


WHEN your chosen sport isn’t available locally, what is a girl to do?

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Sign up for lots of new things, and give those a go in the meantime, that’s what.

This is exactly what Emily Whittington has done, and she’s achieving in a whole new range of sports.

Emily is twelve years old this month, and is a year seven student at Irrawang High School.

Her chosen sport is Rhythmic Gymnastics, which Emily started training at in 2012.

She competed in the State Titles and National Clubs Championships in 2017 for rhythmic gymnastics.

There are no clubs available locally for the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics, so this sport is on the back burner at this current time.

Emily is currently taking eight dancing classes per week at a local dance studio, but has never been one to not fill every bit of her week with being active.

She decided to give swimming a go at her school’s athletics carnival, and not surprisingly found that she is a pretty competent competitor there too.

Calling it ‘just a hobby’, Emily won awards for swimming at Zone level swimming competitions in both 2016 and 2017.

She went one better this month, by being selected in her ‘hobby’ sport to compete in the 100m backstroke at the Combined High School swimming championships.

Emily is still working hard on her dancing, and staying active in general.

She is hoping to return to rhythmic gymnastics in the future.

Emily told News Of The Area, “There is a part of me that really likes competing, I always do my best, and have fun.”

News Of The Area wishes Emily all the best in her sporting pursuits.


By Rachael VAUGHAN



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