National Story Series

Asya Seker

Asya Seker has a different story to most. With an Australian mother and Turkish father, she splits her time between Sydney and Turkey. 2019 was Asya's first Australian National Championships and it did not disappoint. In one of the most competitive divisions in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Junior International, Asya took out 3rd All round. With these results, Asya was then named on the 2019-2020 Australian Junior National Squad which puts her well on the path to achieving her dreams of representing Australia on the World Stage. 

Interview 

When did you first start gymnastics and why?

I first started artistic gymnastics when I was 5. After about 6 months I transferred to rhythmic gymnastics. When I was small, I always had sooo much energy! My mum saw I was very flexible and loved to dance so took me to my first gymnastics class and I was hooked! I wanted to go everyday after that.

How often do you train?

I train 6 days a week 5 hours per day.

Do you do any other sports or types of training?

No, I don’t do any other sports. My other type of training is ballet and sometimes pilates.

Who is your gymnastics idol?

The national teams of Russia and Italy. 

What was the best thing about National Championships in 2019?

My best experiences come from competitions. I love competitions and seeing how I improve after each one.

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

The best thing about National Championships was the environment, the experience and the people. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, I made so many new friends. The atmosphere in the hall was really exciting!

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

I would thank my family and my coaches because they have supported me so much. My parents make it possible for me to train and travel and have beautiful costumes. My coaches are great, they push me and don’t go easy on me. They keep me focused.

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

My goal for the next 12 months is to work very hard and improve, go to more International competitions and gain more experience so I am ready for the big competitions that will be coming up!

What has been the hardest thing to overcome so far in Gymnastics?

Trying to balance gym and school is difficult sometimes. I have had to learn to be super organised to fit everything in.

What do you do outside of the gym?

I enjoy hanging out with friends, DIY crafts, knitting, spending time with my family, surfing on the internet and playing computer games

What do you love about gymnastics?

I love my friends, the opportunity to travel, cool AD’s and risks, getting to meet new people at competitions and the experiences.

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