Comeback gymnast taps into title success
MOSMAN Park Olympic gymnast Olivia Vivian has won the Senior WA State Championship title after more than a year away from competition.
Vivian, who took time off last year to open her café The Leaky Tap, returned to the gym earlier this year.
The 26-year-old, who is the oldest competing gymnast in Australia, will now lead the WA senior team as captain at the National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne next week.
She said the win was special because she was the only senior gym- nast that was not on a scholarship.
“I definitely wasn’t expecting to win – we have a strong group of WA seniors and there were members from the Australian team who I was competing against,” she said.
“It was rewarding, especially after having a lot of self- doubt about returning to the sport.”
Vivian was crowned the state title winner for her work on the bars, beam, floor and all-round and took home the Interstate Classic for bars, floor and all-round.
The Olympian said her goal for the competition was to win the title for the WA senior team, which had not won since 2008.
She said her return to elite gymnastics would not have been possible without the support of people around her.
“I feel confident about the competition, but my goal is to have fun and enjoy the sport, and help the WA team win the title,” she said.
“The Victorians are quite dominant and strong, so I’m hoping we can beat them.”
Olivia Vivian, at her cafe The Leaky Tap, has made a successful return to competition.