Name: Gracelyn Baird
Gracelyn is an inspiration! She is upbeat and focused on her future despite surviving extreme domestic violence and bullying. Gracelyn aspires to become a doctor and to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport of Gymnastics. She lives with her mum, a disability pensioner and part-time journalist onMagneticIsland. She has recently secured a Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship from Yalari to attend St Hilda’s School, Gold Coast where gymnastics is taught at an elite level. The Aim for the Stars Kickstart grant is supporting Gracelyn’s ambition to train and eventually to compete at an elite level through additional Gymnastics club training.
When did you start?
I did gymnastics in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and have done dance, Zumba and AFL to keep fit until I could do gymnastics again with this opportunity from Layne Beachley’s Aim for the Stars Kickstart Program.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Being awarded a Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Scholarship by Yalari to attend St Hilda’s School, Southport and being awarded a Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Kickstart Scholarship.
What is your dream?
I would love to win Olympic Gold and start my own Kickstart Foundation to help Indigenous youth with their sporting dreams.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
Any other special talents?
Netball, Art, Zumba, AFL.
Justin Bieber, Rihanna
Favourite TV Show?
Chocolate Obsession icecream.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money??
I will use the grant to do gymnastics with Delta Gymnastics and work through their training program until I can compete at an elite level. Without the grant I could not follow this dream as the cost of gymnastics is outside our family’s reach. The grant will also help me with my education. I am a Yalari scholarship student at St Hilda’s School, Southport but some costs are beyond mum’s reach.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Follow your dreams.