Aime aims for top flight achievements

Stretching all the way to the top: Aime Thistlewaite loves competing. Picture: Marcelo Palacios         www.communitypix.com.au   d437526
Stretching all the way to the top: Aime Thistlewaite loves competing. Picture: Marcelo Palacios        www.communitypix.com.au d437526

At the age of eight, her mother Carla Thistlewaite decided to sign her up to Armadale PCYC so she could build on her natural ability.

Five years on, the talented gymnast has been selected to represent WA in the Australia Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena in Melbourne from May 18 to 30.

Aime said qualifying for the national championships, which will see the top gymnasts from each state and territory compete for the title of Australian Champion, is her greatest achievement to date.

�There were 29 National level 7 gymnasts competing to qualify,� she said.

�I am going to try my hardest, as there will be a lot of good gymnasts from around Australia.�

Five Gymsports will be on show, including the Olympic disciplines of Women�s and Men�s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics, as well as Acrobatic Gymnastics.

To qualify, Aime had to achieve a top ranking in state trials. She trains 18 hours a week at Northern Districts Gymnastics club in Balcatta and hopes to build on her skills so she can continue top-level competitions.

�The thing I love most about the sport is the feeling of achieving a new skill and also competing in competitions. I love floor discipline the most.�

The Australia Gymnastics Championships is described as two weeks of �superhuman feats� which involves 1300 athletes, 600 officials, 32 sessions and more than 6000 routines.