The Riverine Herald : 2018-11-28

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018 MONDAY• WEDNESDAY• FRIDAY WWW. RIVERINEHERALD. COM. AU 5482 1111 $ 1. 30 HEY, I CAN SEE MY HOME FROM UP HERE ‘ adapt — she won. ‘‘I wasn’t really expecting to get that kind of result so soon, but I was ecstatic with getting to where I did.’’ Though she admits the challenge was a major shakeup. ‘‘We have a different set of requirements on what we need to do as compared to the lower levels of tumbling, the degree of difficulty is a lot higher so it changed how we prepared, but thankfully it paid off.’’ The nationals weren’t all — there was success at a state championship, and being named her club’s athlete of the year. ‘‘Overall, this has been one of my best years,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s been great in the past to make it to the level I have, but to actually start delivering some success at that level means so much more, so I’m really proud. ‘‘And I won’t complain about winning,’’ she laughed. But eyes are now firmly fixed on the world championships. ‘‘Honestly, it would be my first time so getting to compete at that level is a bit daunting, but I think it would be an incredible opportunity to prove what I can do.’’ Words: Andrew Johnston Photo: Luke Hemer LATISHA Painter is having a dominant year. There isn’t much the young tumbler hasn’t done. And it’s all in working towards a single goal. She wants to take on the world. ‘‘World championships are in Tokyo in 2019, and that’s where I have set my next big challenge,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve never been overseas before, so to get there off the back of my achievements in the sport that I love would mean a lot to me.’’ It has taken a lot of hard work to get to where she is in her 10 years of competing. And 2018 may well have been her most successful individual season in the sport. ‘‘I’ve been involved in a lot of competitions throughout 2018, it’s been a pretty busy time for me between the training and the competing.’’ But 2018 has been all about the nationals. She competed in the senior international women’s category for tumbling. ‘‘It was my first year in that section as I have always been held out by age restrictions, so it was a challenge to step up and compete in something that I have never been in before.’’ It didn’t take long for the 21-year-old to CRACKERJACK! LOCAL GOLFER LIVING THE DREAM STARTS PAGE 12 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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