National Spotlight Series
This year, Liam Christie made his debut in the Senior event for Double Mini Trampoline. After dominating in the Junior level for a number of years, 2019 National Championships proved to be a step in the right direction for Liam as he attempts to crack the Australian Senior World Championship team this year. With months of hard work under his belt, Liam performed outstanding routines which saw him claim a hand full of gold medals. Winning the Junior Individual Trampoline, Junior Synchronised Trampoline, Senior Double Mini Trampoline and was apart of the NSW teams which took out gold on Trampoline and silver on Double Mini Trampoline. The medals did not stop there, Liam was also selected onto the Australian Trans-Tasman team for Trampoline and Double Mini which topped the podium in both events ahead of New Zealand to conclude the competition.
When did you first start gymnastics and why?
I first started recreational Gymnastics when I was 2 years old which my mum signed me up for because I used to climb all over her furniture at home. A couple years later I then did Men’s artistic gymnastics for about 5 years before swapping over to trampoline gymnastics which I have been competing in for the past 6 years.
How often do you train?
I train 5 times a week for 2 1/2 hours each session as well as 2-3 additional gym sessions on top of that.
Do you do any other sports or types of training?
For the last couple of years my sole sporting focus has been gymnastics which I put all my time into however I have played many sports in my life including swimming, rugby Union, soccer, cricket, tennis, AFL and probably many more.
Who is your gymnastics idol?
My Gymnastic Idol is Dong Dong, who is an Olympic and world championship medal winning trampolinist. Plus his name is pretty cool.
What is the best experience you have had in the sport?
My best experience I’ve had in the sport to date would have to be representing Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. I have got so many great memories from competition and the Olympic experience that will stay with me forever!
What was the best thing about National Championships in 2019?
The best part about nationals 2019 for me was being able to step up and compete in the senior category with the big boys for DMT (double mini trampoline) as well as hitting some PB’s and new routines.
Who would you thank the most for helping achieve your goals at National Championships and why?
My biggest thank you has to go out to my 2 coaches Damian Ryan and Belinda Cox for the effort they’ve put into getting me where I am now. There’s no way I could be where I am without there help and support. And Also my family and teammates for always being there to motivate me and push me to achieve new goals.
What is your goal for the next 12 months in Gymnastics?
The next 12 months is pretty exciting for me, I am hoping to be selected on the 2019 Australian senior DMT team to compete at the world championships in japan, which will be my first ever senior world championships!
What has been the hardest thing to overcome so far in Gymnastics and how did you get through it?
The hardest thing I’ve had to overcome which I’m sure a lot of other gymnasts can relate to would have to be injuries. I’ve had plenty of back problems throughout the sport and it gets pretty hard to motivate yourself to work hard when your just constantly feeling pain. But with the help of family, friends and coaches who motivate me each day I’ve managed to work through those injuries and develop a way to maintain them so that I can keep training to my max and pushing through to be able to experience the rewards that come on the other side.
What do you do outside of the gym?
This year I am undertaking a diploma of aviation and studying full time to be a pilot. So when I’m not in the gym I’ll probably be flying a plane around Australia.
What do you love about gymnastics?
There are many things I love about gymnastics. The training environment and making lifelong friends is one of the great things about the sport as well as being able to compete in competitions around Australia and around the world is something I am so lucky to be able to experience.