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