USA DREAM FOR SPIRITED BECKY
REPRESENTING Australia at the ANAC International championships in San Diego would be daunting for most 10-year-olds, but not for Rebecca Osborne.
The pint-sized gymnast will travel to the US next month with her Spirit Gymsports head coach Samantha Elkington and fellow competitor Zoe Tisdale (23).
“When they both got selected in May, the excitement was incredible – I even think little Becky screamed,” Ms Elkington said.
“This is her first time competing for Australia, so it is a really big achievement to be chosen.
“Zoe has been competing for Australia since she was 14 years old. We have a buddy system, so if anything goes wrong, she is definitely always there. Zoe is like Becky’s big sister.”
Spirit Gymsports trains at the Subiaco PCYC, Loftus Recreational Centre and the State Gymnastics Centre in West Leederville.
Ms Elkington said there was a lot of preparation for the international championships.
“It can be a little overwhelming, especially for Becky since it’s not common to send elite athletes at such a young age,” the former national champion said.
“The next few weeks will mean a lot of mental preparation, getting her ready for that excitement and making sure she’s calm enough to compete but still amped up enough to do her best.
“The greatest challenge is balancing schoolwork, social life, work if they have a job, university.
“But the achievements always outweigh it. It all pays off.
“I’m so proud of my athletes.”
Flying high: Coach Samantha Elkington, with Zoe Tisdale, Giveney How and Rebecca Osborne, celebrate their selection for an international in San Diego.