Gymnast’s national focus

_CE12681aStrength, flexibility and balance are all part of Milly Puckeridge’s routine. The Year 5 student at St Ambrose Catholic Primary Concord West is a 2015 Australian Gymnastics Champion, after winning the Junior 11 to 16 acrobatics dynamic category of the event with her NSW trio teammates Kate Barry and Allegra Muga.

Milly, who has practiced gymnastics since age 6, is now part of the national squad. In December she will trial for a spot at the 2016 World Gymnastics Championships to be held in Putian, China, in April.

“We have two routines, one balance and one dynamic, where you get thrown around and get to do cool stuff in the air,” she said. “We do a routine for two minutes. I get a bit nervous, mostly for balance because I feel like I’m a bit better at tempo.

Milly trains four days a week in gymnastics to hone her strength, flexibility and balance. She also puts those skills to use as a member of the NSW Institute of Sport’s Diving program.

“Both are similar, because you do sommies [sommersaults] and things,” Milly said.

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