Name: Zoe Ormrod
Pursuit: Rhythmic Gymnastics
As a fourteen year old I made the decision to change schools to pursue my sport and attend a school which is located almost an hour’s drive from our home. As a member of the Australian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior Squad, for the past two years, I have represented Australia on self-funded tours at international competitions in both nationally and internationally. However this year, competing as a first year Senior International Rhythmic Gymnast, the bar was lifted. My performance as a medallist at the 2012 Australian Gymnastics Championships ensured my selection into the 2012/2013 National Rhythmic Gymnastics Squad as the youngest athlete. Then, following our National Championships, I travelled to both New Zealand and Europe as a senior athlete representing Australia. In this Open category I found myself standing alongside athletes who have already represented their country in prior Commonwealth and Olympic games. In fact my most recent experience in Berlin-once again self-funded- had me competing against gymnasts who just four months earlier had medalled at the 2012 Olympics-such an incredible experience! This squad recognition allows me to compete internationally as an Australian representative, and build on my experiences to help me achieve my dream.
When did you start?
I began gymnastics when I was 4 years old, and then I decided to focus on Rhythmic Gymnastics when I was 8 years old.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Having the opportunity to travel overseas representing my country and competing against some of the best gymnasts in the world!
What is your dream?
To compete in the next Commonwealth and Olympic Games as an Australian representative.
Who or what have inspired you?
My coaches, and I love watching the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
Who's your hero?
Anna Bessonova- A rhythmic gymnast with excellent technique and skill, but also a performer who was able to capture the audience’s hearts.
Any other special talents?
Anything on the radio
I am always trying to find the time to read, but I don't have a favourite.
Favourite TV Show?
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
This grant will allow me to travel to international competitions that I would otherwise be unable to finance.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
There is now, and there is too late!