Lit­tle is back af­ter long Olympics break

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - Gym­nast Emily Lit­tle in ac­tion. Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d439147

GYM­NAST Emily Lit­tle has tum­bled and flipped her way back from the Aus­tralian Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne with a haul of medals, ce­ment­ing a suc­cess­ful come­back to the sport.

Lit­tle won gold in the vault, sil­ver in floor and bronze in beam to se­cure sec­ond place in the all-round and a spot to com­pete in an in­ter­na­tional friendly in Spain later this month.

Lit­tle was proud of the re­sults af­ter she took 18 months off from the sport af­ter the 2012 Lon­don Olympic Games.

“Ever since I was 14 I knew I wanted to take a break af­ter Lon­don,” she said. “I just wanted to be a nor­mal teenager.”

But her de­sire to re­turn was sparked af­ter she saw her for­mer team­mates com­pete at the 2014 Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games.

“I’m now one of the old­est girls at train­ing whereas in Lon­don I was the youngest and that’s strange,” she said,

“The younger girls some­times get ner­vous around me, like when I was younger and trained along­side Al­lana (Slater).

Lit­tle is the am­bas­sador for Spirit Gym Sports, which will open a new branch in Bel­mont in July.

“It’s great for Bel­mont to have a gym like this and to get more kids par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sport,” she said.

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