It takes thousands of hours of deliberate training for a talented athlete to reach elite levels. This translates into an average of more than 3 hours of training daily for 10 years. There are no shortcuts; athlete development is a long term process. Short term performance goals must never be allowed to undermine long term athlete development. The International Gymnastics Federation requires that gymnasts be a minimum of 16 years of age to compete in the Olympics or World Championships. Australian gymnasts who compete at world levels will have had at least 10 years of preparation by the age of 16, and likely well in excess of 10,000 hours.
Aspire Gymnastics Academy (AGA) has a proud tradition of supporting athletes in their sporting pursuits within Rhythmic Gymnastics. The objective of Aspire’s High-Performance Program is the fulfilment of podium finishing performances at Australian Championships and ultimately progress into Australian National Squad and selection into Australian teams for international representation. AGA assists Australian athletes to achieve elite performances in Rhythmic Gymnastics by providing support and access to world-class programming, expert technical coaching, sports medicine and provider services and international competition support.
In the past 2 years, we have had athletes attend the following events where they represented Australia:
- 2018 Youth Olympic Games, BUENOS AIRES - Bronze Medal Multidisciplinary Event (Lidiia Iakovleva)
- 2018 Pacific Rim Championships, COLOMBIA (Phoebe Learmont, Lidiia Iakovleva and Jordyn Clarke)
- 2019 Kazan World Cup, RUSSIA (Lidiia Iakovleva)
- 2019 Junior World Championships, RUSSIA (Phoebe Learmont)
- 2019 World Championships, BAKU (Lidiia Iakovleva)
- 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES, JAPAN (Lidiia Iakovleva)
We currently have 5 athletes on the Australian National Squad and they are currently working towards:
- 2022 Commonwealth Games, ENGLAND
- 2024 Olympic Games, PARIS
At Aspire we offer High Performance stream from 6 years of age. Once the athletes reach certain age, girls High Performance Stream have the chance to qualify to represent Queensland and then Australia if they are chosen. If you think your chid has potential in Elite Rhythmic Gymnastics, please get in touch with us.