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Women & Sports: Alexandria Kiroi, Rhythmic Gymnastics

Alexandria Kiroi is 15, despite her young age she is one the leading athletes in her sport - Rhythmic Gymnastics. She is a current member of Australian National Team (since 2016) and in the past, has been National Champion in her age group in Elite International stream, she is 7 times State champion in Victoria and in 2017 she also took NSW State title as a non- residential competitor. 
If you watch one thing today, make sure its Alex's demonstration video below she works unbelievable hard, no wonder she's achieved so much at such a young age!

Beyond her achievements in Australia, Alexandra has won a number of International Tournaments in Europe, Asia and Oceania. She competed at World Club's Championship, and only few weeks ago returned home from a double competition tour: first it was Singapore Open where she won individual apparatus and team gold medals; and second competition was Holon Grand Prix - a major World Class event with leading gymnasts from all over the world. Alexandra came 12th out of 44 - which is an unbelievable result for Australia (competing against countries like Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.) Alexandra has been long listed for Commonwealth games based on her result at Australian Gymnastics Championship where her score has placed her into top 4 in the country, granting her an automatic selection into the next round of Commonwealth Games selection trials. 
Alexandra has been doing gymnastics for the last 9 years she has also acquired Beginner Judging qualification in her sport and regularly assists in coaching younger gymnasts. 
 
It looks like you love what you do, what is the best part about training and competing?
 
At first I should say, that I cannot imagine my live without Rhythmic Gymnastics, the best part about training is that when you learn a new element that seems to be impossible to perform and you practice more and more and then comes a moment when you master something that you never thought you could do. The feeling that I get when a very hard element is accomplished for the first time is priceless. Competition is a bit different, for each competitions I set different goals, sometimes it is to achieve a certain score, sometimes it is to get on the podium but the main goal is to meet the goals that my coach has set for me. The best part of the competition is the adrenalin rush and the drive I get executing my gymnastics routines in front of huge crowds, that and a sense of accomplishment.
 
What are the cons?
 
I don’t see many negative points in training or competing, there are so called side effects and obstacles, like getting very tired after training, having limited free time and doing everything on a tight schedule – though this can be a good thing too as you never get bored doing nothing. I guess most sports that are not “professional sports” involve costs and the more you do the sport the more expensive it gets.
 
What does it take to be an elite athlete?
 
Hmmm, Number one thing it takes you loving what you do and then it takes:
Determination to become the best athlete you can be,
Discipline, without order in your live and without proper time management it is almost impossible to succeed in sports, especially when you have other commitments like school.
Hard Work – this one is self-explanatory.
Great Coach/coaches. People who are experts in the sport and a good coach is one of the most important ingredients in “elite athlete” recipe.
The last, but not the least – supportive family, if my parents didn’t support my sport through my childhood, I would never be able to compete at a level I am at now.
 
What do you do when you’re not training?
 
When I am not training I go to school, I am in grade 10. As I miss a bit of school because of my Gymnastics commitment, I try to stay on track with the rest of the class, so I have to do a bit extra study at home.
I love reading books and can spend hours with an interesting book.
Spending time with friends is a must, a lot of my friends are also gymnasts, so it makes it easy to manage training and socialising.
My favourite activities are rollerblading, going to the beach, playing different sports. I used to love going skiing in winter, but these days it is off my list of things to do to avoid injuries.
Since I train 6 days a week 50 weeks a year. There are 2 only weeks a year when I don’t do gym, my parents usually take me somewhere warm, near the water where I can relax.
 
When you travel to compete do you get to see much on the country you’re traveling too?
 
Generally I do, most competition organisers will organise a tour for all teams, and sometimes our coach will take us out to give us a break,
For example earlier this year I competed in Athens, Greece and my coach took my team mate (who is my best friend) and myself to see Parthenon and Temple of Zeus. Seeing a lot of attractions all around the world is definitely a bonus that comes with all hard work.
 
Is there anything else you would like to add?
 
Live is a motion, I believe it is very important to have something in your live that drives you to forward, whether it is sport, art or a hobby. All you need is a dream and working towards this dream not only will get you closer to the dream, but will teach you valuable lessons and give you important skills.
 
Thank you for your questions it is a great opportunity for me to share my passion and my achievements with others.
 
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