Name: Elodie Rousseau
Pursuit: Acrobatic Gymnastics
Elodie is a talented 13 year old who hopes to represent Australia at the 2014 World Championships for Acrobatic Gymnastics. Elodie is a middle-child in a sibling group of seven who all train and compete in gymnastics at high levels, therefore increasing the financial pressure on her family to manage this entirely self-funded sport. Elodie trains 6 days a week and demonstrates courage above and beyond that of her peers as she trains to master skills of extreme difficulty and requiring significant strength. The Aim for the Stars grant will enable Elodie to travel and compete in competitions overseas gaining vital experience on the international scene so as soon as she is old enough can compete at the world championships and challenge more experienced competitors.
When did you start?
I started gymnastics when I was about 6 years old and then when I was 9 I stopped gymnastics and did acrobatics gymnastics
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement in Acrobatic gymnastics is doing a triple back as no one in Australia has competed it before and coming 1st at the Australian National Championships in 2011 in level 10 womens trio.
What is your dream?
My dream is to go to the World Championships in 2014 and win a gold medal
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
My heroes are my mum, my coach Yuriy stepchenkov and my partners Lizzy Jacobs and Amy Lang, because without them I would not be able to achieve my dreams. I would also like to thank Layne Beachly for helping girls and women achieve their dreams.
Any other special talents?
No, not really.
Dynamite - Tiao Cruz and Give me everything tonight. Pitbull ft ne-yo.
Favourite TV Show?
My favourite food is wheat-bix, milk and honey.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant will help me a lot as I will use the money to go to Nationals, pay for my competition entry fees, competition attire etc... as my mum is a single mum with seven kids and she can't afford to pay for my nationals. However, I need to go to lots of competitions to get experience if I wish to go to worlds in 2014. In the next two years, I will also need to go to international competitions for experience.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
There is no such word as "can't" you can do it. Never give up!