National Story Series
After transitioning from Levels into the Senior Elite International competition at the beginning of this year, Charlotte has continued to improve leaps and bounds and finished an impressive 6th All Around at the recent National Championships. Making a big impression on the judges and competing against Commonwealth Games representatives, Charlotte held her own as the highest ranked NSW Rhythmic gymnast in the Senior event and was a major contributor to the NSW team taking out the silver medal. After the National Championships, Charlotte went on to compete for Le Ray Gymnastics Abbotsleigh at the Montenegro Cup, where she took out gold in Hoop, Ball, Clubs and silver in Ribbon.
When did you first start gymnastics and why?
I started artistic gymnastics when I was 4 - my sister was doing it so my mum signed me up too. I then began rhythmic a few years later because my coach thought my flexibility would suit it better.
How often do you train?
I train 5 times per week for 4 hours each session.
Do you do any other sports or types of training?
I also do strength training at the gym.
Who is your gymnastics idol?
Margarita Mamun and Dina Averina.
What was the best thing about National Championships in 2019?
I loved how I was able to put all my hard work into practice and receive personal best scores for all 4 apparatus, as well as see all my friends who I only get to see at nationals each year.
What is the best experience you have had in the sport?
My best experience was competing at the Singapore Open because it was my first international event competing in the Senior International division, and I was fortunate to travel with friends from all over the country.
Who would you thank the most for helping achieve your goals at National Championships and why?
I would definitely thank my entire family for their constant support, as well as the group of coaches who are constantly helping me to improve.
What is your goal for the next 12 months in Gymnastics?
To improve on my confidence and body expression in my new routines.
What has been the hardest thing to overcome so far in Gymnastics?
I have found staying motivated while being injured to be very difficult.
What do you do outside of the gym?
I’ve taken a gap year this year so I am not at university, but in my free time outside of training I coach gymnastics.
What do you love about gymnastics?
The feeling when you try and try at a skill you think is impossible, and finally achieving it!