Clara bend­ing over back­wards to re­alise dreams

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Surviving Study Stress -

GYMNAST Clara Kolm (13), who started the sport as a two-year-old, is aim­ing to achieve her child­hood Olympic dream over the next three years.

The WA In­sti­tute of Sport schol­ar­ship holder trains at HBF Sta­dium and Col­lege Park Gym­nas­tics Academy 32 hours a week.

Clara started her ju­nior ca­reer at kinder­garten gym classes be­fore be­ing se­lected into WAIS’ Fliers gym­nas­tics squad at the age of five.

She has been a State team mem­ber for four years.

In 2016 she was in­vited to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at international events in Rus­sia, Paris and Mar­seille, along with a train­ing camp in Bei­jing.

At the 2017 Aus­tralian Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships, she won gold on vault, bronze on floor, fourth in all ap­pa­ra­tus and sixth in beam in the ju­nior international com­pe­ti­tion.

Clara said she hoped to con­tinue her strong form at the 2017 Aus­tralian Clas­sic in Gee­long in Novem­ber.

“I went to a na­tional camp last week in Can­berra, where it was re­ally cool to meet new peo­ple,” she said.

“We showed our rou­tines and trained with other coaches, in­clud­ing the new na­tional coach.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d471434

Clara Kolm: “(My goal is) to go to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

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