What do you think of when someone brings up elite gymnastics? Young, petite girls who have dedicated their youth to gymnastics? They have to look a certain way to be good at gymnastics right? Think again!
We have seen some excellent results from the Aussie gymnasts at these Commonwealth Games and we are so proud to have them as role models within our sport because they are true examples of how gymnastics has evolved.
The average age of the Australian Women's Artistic Gymnastics Commonwealth Games team in 20.2 years. Everyone of these amazing athletes is an adult and still training at the highest level on competition possible.
The average height of the team is 162cm (5'4"). How much shorter is a gymnast than the general population? Only 2cm!! The average height of an Australian women is 164cm.
There are no rules on how you need to look to be a gymnast.
Gymnasts are not born they are built!
Gymnastics teaches children skills for life. It is a sport the teaches self confidence and determination. Gymnastics takes away instant gratification and shows children that hard work pays off. Why would you limit a child's access to these life long learning opportunities based off their physical appearance?
Help us change the general populations ideas about what you "need to be" to be a gymnast. The only thing you need is to walk through the front door of a gymnastics club.