Come­back gym­nast taps into ti­tle suc­cess

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Community Classifieds - Lisa Thomas

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.”

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d453955

Olivia Vi­vian, at her cafe The Leaky Tap, has made a suc­cess­ful re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion.

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