EMILY Whittington started doing recreational gymnastics when she was just six years old, and her potential was quickly noticed by her coaches at Queanbeyan, who offered her a chance with their competitive program.
While with Queanbeyan, Emily competed in several competitions, including the State Titles in Sydney, from levels 1-5.
When the family moved to Port Stephens, Emily started training at Gosford Gymnastics.
Emily was training three to four sessions per week, for up to four hours per session, with each session requiring 90 minutes of travel each way.
This year, Emily advanced to Level 7, as a junior.
She continued to train hard, and managed to perform very well at the recent Country Championships at the Hunter Stadium in July this year.
This year, she finished first for her ribbon, hoop, and ball routines, second for her clubs routine, and first overall for level 7 Junior.
Her coach, Michaela Pendleton, told News Of The Area, “I am really pleased with the progress that Emily has made since last year’s competition season.”
“She has shown a great deal of determination and perseverance this year, and the hard work has paid off.”
“I look forward to the rest of the competition season and Emily’s further improvement,” she said.
Emily has just started training with GSSA, based in Windsor NSW.
Rhythmic gymnastics is subtly different from traditional, artistic gymnastics.
Competitors train with apparatus (ball, rope, ribbon, clubs, hoop), and generally train in ballet or dance, as well as their strength and flexibility exercises.
During competition, the higher level gymnasts typically wear highly decorated, sparkly leotards during their routines.
Emily certainly has a bright future ahead of her in her chosen sport.
News Of The Area wishes her well with the remainder of the competition season.
By Rachael VAUGHAN