Teenager tum­bles into in­ter­na­tional gym­nas­tics academy

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger [email protected]

Teresa Iac­carino has three loves — travel, ad­ven­ture and gym­nas­tics.

All three are in store for her when she at­tends the renowned gym­nas­tics school Gym­nas­tikho­jskolen I Ollerup in Den­mark next year.

The Ar­gos Gym­sport Tau­ranga coach has been awarded a schol­ar­ship worth at least $15,000 to at­tend the pres­ti­gious Dan­ish academy with a spe­cial fo­cus on gym­nas­tics.

Teresa, 17, was the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant to re­ceive the year-long Ollerup schol­ar­ship. Gym­nas­tics New Zealand puts out ap­pli­ca­tions on be­half of Ollerup of­fer­ing one schol­ar­ship for coaches in New Zealand. Asix­month schol­ar­ship has re­cently been added.

Gym­nasts all over the world en­deav­our to be ac­cepted into the school, the ul­ti­mate gym­nas­tics school for Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries.

The ap­pli­ca­tion process in­cluded a ques­tion­naire, ref­er­ences and a Skype in­ter­view. She found out she­was suc­cess­ful two weeks ago.

The gym­nast from Cher­ry­wood says the op­por­tu­nity is per­fect fit for her.

“I don’t have a clear idea for my fu­ture and I am­ready to go on a new ad­ven­ture and I re­ally love gym­nas­tics,” she says.

She also loves travel and has al­ready vis­ited Italy, Hawaii, the US and Aus­tralia. This is her first trip to a Scan­di­na­vian coun­try.

“It­was fire­works go­ing off in my head when I first found out I was go­ing. I just wanted it so badly. I put so much ef­fort into my ap­pli­ca­tion and trained so hard. It’s some­thing I wanted so much,” she says. Teresa has trained with Ar­gos since she was old enough to walk. Her brother and sis­ter at­tended be­fore she was born.

She has done artis­tic

gym­nas­tics and spe­cialised in tum­bling, tram­polin­ing and aer­o­bics. She trained­with Ar­gos right up to se­nior level artis­tic gym­nas­tics (level seven). At one stage she was train­ing 20 hours aweek. She cur­rently spe­cialises in tum­bling. Her great­est ac­com­plish­ment has been re­ceiv­ing the sil­ver medal twice, at two na­tional cham­pi­onships.

Tere­saw­ill travel to Den­mark in August next year. The schol­ar­ship­will cover her tu­ition and ac­com­mo­da­tion for the year. She will stay in a hos­tel and will un­dergo in­tense gym­nas­tics train­ing (from 7am-6pm), and learn of in­ter­na­tional youth leader ed­u­ca­tion, coach­ing, team build­ing, su­per­vi­sion, event plan­ning and man­age­ment.

Therewill also be par­tic­i­pa­tion in lo­cal and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Ar­gos head coach Emma De­whirst says they are all de­lighted to hear of Teresa’s schol­ar­ship.

“The schol­ar­ship is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for her and will build on her abil­i­ties as a coach,” she says. “The girls Teresa coaches ad­mire and ab­sorb her pas­sion for gym­nas­tics. You can re­ally see this in the re­spect they have for her and they value her knowl­edge across the sport.”

Teresa is look­ing for­ward to be­ing sur­rounded by like­minded gym­nasts.

She is also one of the Bay­leys Dancers, per­form­ing at sports games.

Dis­trib­uted to Tau­ranga, Beth­le­hem, Pyes Pa, Wel­come Bay, Mount Maun­ganui, Pa­pamoa, Te Puke, Te Puna, Omoko­roa, Katikati, Waihi Beach, Waihi and Whanga­mata

PHOTO/An­drew Warner

Teresa Iac­carino has been awarded a 12-month schol­ar­ship at Ollerup.

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