Tenac­ity takes teen to games

Central Leader - - SPORT - By BEN ROGERS

Gym­nast Brittany Robertson, 17, would have been tum­bling for joy when she got the news she had been wait­ing for.

The Re­muera res­i­dent has been named to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

‘‘ It means so much to me,’’ she says. ‘‘I am not only com­pet­ing for my­self but also for the coun­try. I know all of my hard work and com­mit­ment to my sport has been worth it.’’

The road to Glas­gow hasn’t been an easy one. Robertson suf­fered one shoul­der in­jury af­ter an­other in 2012.

‘‘My shoul­der in­juries re­stricted me from pretty much any train­ing for months.

‘‘They were very loose and un­sta­ble so I had to be very care­ful to make sure they would not pop out again.’’

Robertson re­turned to full train­ing at the be­gin­ning of this year and is now based in Christchurch with Com­mon­wealth team coaches Jozsi Ferencz and Svet­lana Sa­zonova.

Mum Gina Robertson is proud of her daugh­ter’s tenac­ity.

‘‘Most teenagers would have prob­a­bly given up but she was de­ter­mined to make the Com­mon­wealth Games team so since Fe­bru­ary this year she has fully re­cov­ered and been back at gym do­ing full train­ing again.’’

Robertson trains up to 30 hours a week which leaves lit­tle time for school work but the year 13 Dioce­san stu­dent man­ages to stay on top of her stud­ies.

Of course a medal is at the top of Robertson’s list but her main goal is to make the ap­pa­ra­tus fi­nals.

‘‘The floor is my favourite be­cause it is where you can re­ally go for it, put all your power into your tum­bles but also be ex­pres­sive and grace­ful with your dance,’’ she says.

Robertson hopes to make the Rio Olympics and next year she will be at­tend­ing univer­sity in the United States.

The gym­nas­tics team will leave for Glas­gow on July 14.

Medal chance: Brittany Robertson is off to Glas­gow to com­pete in the Com­mon­wealth Games.

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