National Spotlight Series

Tahlia Geelan

Tahlia stormed onto the national stage this year in the international devision, after dominating in her age group at the 2018, taking out 2 national titles. This year was no different as Tahlia showcased new routines in the U13 Youth category, which placed her on top of the podium in both individual trampoline and double mini trampoline. With her sights set on wearing the green and gold, Tahlia is now working towards qualifying for the World Age Group Championships in Tokyo in December. 

Interview 

When did you first start gymnastics and why?

I started doing KinderGym when I was 2-3 yrs because my brother was doing it too. When I was invited to both gymnastics squad and trampoline squad, I loved both and couldn't decide which one I wanted to do more. 

How often do you train?

At the moment I am training 4 x 2.5 hr sessions a week. 

Do you do any other sports or types of training?

I was doing swimming and taekwondo last year but it was to much, and I just wanted to concentrate on the one thing that I love most.

Who is your gymnastics idol?

I have a lot of people I look up to, Leanne my old coach who is still very competitive in the elite international squad, Jessie my coach who encourages me every day, Imogen Florian, but most of all even though he is a boy I look up to Ty Swadling. He seems to never gives up and has the best attitude, and he is so nice to all us young kids

What was the best thing about National Championships in 2019?

Firstly competing my hardest routine ever and not falling off, and secondly winning both double mini and trampoline first year in the international squad. 

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

Last year after moving gyms and changing coaches just before Nationals was really hard, but I was able to put it all aside and I won both double mini and trampoline for Under 13yrs and I was 10 at the time. And doing it again this year. 

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

Jessie would be my first thank you, she is an amazing coach and always encourages me to do my best and helps me achieve my goals. 

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

I would love to go to world age championships in Tokyo, also to learn more double, doubles on double mini trampoline and to try to get to build on my doubles on trampoline and time of flight. 

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

When I lose a skill or I have injured myself, it's the mental battle to overcome the fear of doing it again. 

What do you do outside of the gym?

I love spot, I love doing athletics, cross country, bike riding, triathlon, soccer, swimming, tumbling on my air mat and jumping on my trampoline. I also love to sing and love watching YouTube in my down time. 

What do you love about gymnastics?

I love the feeling when I jump you kinda feel free, I like the challenged of learning new skills and the feeling you get when you achieve them, I like competition. But most of all I love the friendships I have made over the years. 

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