National Spotlight Series

Lauren Anderson

After over coming an injury in 2017, Lauren was determined to get back to full fitness and return to the sport of Aerobics after some time off. With the help of her very supportive team, Lauren was able to get back right up to full training again. Her determination and passion for the sport of Aerobics has allowed her to rise to the top of her division at the recent National Championships, claiming gold in the Level 7 Senior Individual and Multiple events. 

Interview 

When did you first start gymnastics and why?

I started Aerobic Gymnastics in 2012, so I was 11. There was an audition at school and I joined in thinking it was gymnastics, but I came to love Aerobics.

How often do you train?

I train 3 days a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. On Monday and Wednesday I train from 4-7, and on Saturday I train from 9-11.30. 

Do you do any other sports or types of training?

No, I only do Aerobic Gymnastics, but I occasionally go to the gym to focus on strength alone.

Who is your gymnastics idol?

Riri Kitazume, a Japanese International Athlete, the level of her skills is insane and her routines are so different from the usual. 

What is the best experience you have had in the sport? 

I think the best experience I've had in this sport moves between achieving first in the 2019 Aerobic Nationals and the moments telling my friends and family who weren't at the competition that I won.

What was the best thing about National Championships in 2019?

Staying in the hotel with all the athletes and staying up late in our rooms messing around.

Who would you thank the most for helping achieve your goals at National Championships and why? 

I believe it was an accumulation of coaches and my friends at training. Some were extremely helpful in the development of my routine whereas some helped me with the mental aspect of training, especially in times of doubt. 

What is your goal for the next 12 months in Gymnastics?

To develop my routines, and I'm working towards choreographing my own routine.

What has been the hardest thing to overcome so far in Gymnastics and how did you get through it?

Personally the hardest thing to overcome in Aerobic Gymnastics was a back injury I got in 2017. Throughout the year I had seen multiple physio's and it was established that I had over sensitised and damaged nerves in my back, common for people in Gymnastics. I was in extreme pain, I couldn't train for a long time, and towards the end of the year I saw a physio from AIS and she said that because of this injury I may have to stop Aerobics. Towards the end of the year my back had started to get better and through the support of the people around me and many physio sessions, I was able to start training completely again. 

What do you do outside of the gym? 

I am currently in year 12 and going through my HSC. I also coach and judge in the sport.

What do you love about gymnastics?

I love both the exercise and the people around it. In a stressful time, like the HSC, doing Aerobics really takes my mind off life and keeps me healthy. The friendships I have made in this sport and the social aspect has significantly opened me up as a person. I have made such close friends and close bonds among the people I train with, I consider them all family. I am grateful in doing this sport as it allows me to train with these people and keep me healthy. 

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