Hi my name is Annebell, I am a rhythmic gymnast. I have dedicated 8 years of my life to this sport and have the opportunity to pursue my dreams.
This is my story…
I began gymnastics when I was 5 and a half years old. My mother had noticed my natural talent and flexibility, so she decided to join me into a recreational rhythmic programme. This is where I discovered my passion and love for the sport.
At a young age of 6 years old, I competed in my first competition as a level 1 gymnast. At the age of 8 years old I faced one of my biggest challenges so far. I sustained a serious lower back injury, which took me out of the sport for 9 months. I was dedicated to do everything I could to enable me to be able to compete again.
By the end of that year, after 9 months of intensive rehabilitation and physiotherapy, I was well enough to return to the sport. At this same time my family moved to Auckland in order for me to train at a renowned rhythmic gymnastics club. I was the youngest National level 4 gymnast that year and soon after I moved clubs to pursue a pre-international career in the sport.
My biggest achievements within the sport are; my 2nd overall placing in the pre-international stage 3 at the New Zealand National Championships in 2015 and being a member of the grade 3 group that won the New Zealand National Championships title in 2016.
I would be so grateful to receive any support in getting me to Melbourne, to achieve my dream to compete internationally and continue my journey with determination and pride!