Bend­ing over back­wards to achieve Olympic goals

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

AT just 10 years of age, Taj Gar­mony al­ready has dreams of mak­ing the Olympics.

The Como res­i­dent and Wes­ley Col­lege stu­dent is a part of the High Fly­ers Tram­po­line and Gym­nas­tics Academy’s Men’s Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics High Per­for­mance Pro­gram and will rep­re­sent the WA team in the level seven un­der 12 sec­tion at the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships in May.

He was the over­all gold medal­list at the WA State Cham­pi­onships from 2012 to 2016 and won gold at the Prime Gym­nas­tics In­ter­na­tional In­vi­ta­tional in Sin­ga­pore last year.

Taj trains about 20 hours per week and plans to com­pete at more na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. He started gym­nas­tics af­ter watch­ing his sis­ter prac­tice be­fore be­ing no­ticed for his own tal­ents.

He said he en­joyed the sup­port of his fam­ily, with his par­ents driv­ing him to train­ing be­fore and af­ter school.

“It’s re­ally fun to do and I get to spend time with my mates,” he said. “When­ever I’m about to go on the floor, it’s the scari­est mo­ment but I have a song that I re­mem­ber.

“The best mo­ments are when I nail some­thing that I thought I couldn’t do.”

Taj said with years of train­ing ahead of him, he was pre­par­ing him­self for dif­fi­cult and fun times.

“I know there is go­ing to be some tough times but I’m not go­ing to give up,” he said. “You need to have pas­sion and I love it.”

Taj shows off his ath­leti­cism on the high bar.

Taj Gar­mony with some of his medals and tro­phies.

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