CARV­ING NEW TRACKS

From gym­nas­tics MAT to the SLOPES, Danielle Scott has achieved a child­hood DREAM, and be­come a top ATH­LETE along the way.

Collective Hub - - SPORT - WORDS NI­COLE WEBB AF­TER RE­TIR­ING [FROM GYM­NAS­TICS]

It’s not of­ten you hear of a pro­fes­sional re­tir­ing at the age of 13, but for­mer elite gym­nast Danielle Scott did just that when she re­alised her Olympics dream prob­a­bly wouldn’t come true. Lit­tle did she know, but her tena­cious ath­leti­cism would lead her not only to aerial ski­ing, but also to the 2014 Win­ter Olympic Games. From 2015 to 2016, she was Aus­tralia’s high­est-rank­ing fe­male ath­lete, and she has re­cently signed a two-year deal with ath­letic-wear jug­ger­naut Un­der Ar­mour. We chat­ted with Danielle to find out about her jour­ney so far.

I HAVE HAD A PAS­SION FOR SPORT AS LONG AS I CAN RE­MEM­BER.

It all started with gym­nas­tics at the age of three, and beg­ging my par­ents to let me stay longer in the gym. It was a lot of fun and, as soon as I started com­pet­ing, I de­vel­oped a pas­sion to be the best.

and try­ing many other sports, that pas­sion was still alive. The day I came across aerial ski­ing was the day I knew I had an­other shot at my child­hood dream.

IN THE EARLY DAYS, FI­NAN­CIAL SUP­PORT WAS TOUGH.

Re­sults meant fund­ing so, un­til I achieved those re­sults, I def­i­nitely strug­gled with the long hours of train­ing and work­ing in or­der to fund my dream.

SPEND­ING A LOT OF TIME ABROAD TO TRAIN WAS A BIT OF A HUR­DLE AS WELL.

Miss­ing friends and fam­ily was tough, and life out of a suit­case can get old quickly. The ex­pe­ri­ences and op­por­tu­ni­ties along the way have made it all worth­while, though.

MAK­ING MY OLYMPIC DE­BUT IN 2014 WAS EV­ERY­THING I COULD HAVE DREAMED OF.

It sounds cliché, but to put that Olympic uni­form on was a dream come true. It was hard work, sac­ri­fice and a lot of pas­sion be­ing paid off!

UN­DER AR­MOUR IS SUCH AN IN­CRED­I­BLE BRAND,

and I am so pumped to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to join their ros­ter. We both have the same ‘un­der­dog’ fight in us – for them in the brand sense, and for me as a pro­fes­sional ath­lete com­ing up through the ranks.

I HOPE THAT YOUNG FE­MALE ATH­LETES ARE GIVEN THE EN­VI­RON­MENT, EN­COUR­AGE­MENT AND OP­POR­TU­NITY

to do what­ever it is that they are pas­sion­ate about. We have grace, power and a cer­tain de­ter­mi­na­tion that make us who we are, and in a league of our own.

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