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ACG Strathallan gymnast to represent NZ in Washington

Published Thursday 14th of April 2016 04:41:39 AM

A quiet and reserved demeanour hides what must be a persistent and determined nature of a highly competitive gymnast. ACG Strathallan Year 11 student Grace Schroder has recently won the selection competition to represent New Zealand at the Pacific Rim Championships to be held in April in Washington, USA. Grace isn’t new to competing internationally, with her first international in Singapore at age 12. She has since competed in Australia and the USA. Grace says, “I’ve been doing gym since I was six and I now feel quite attached to it. I’m steadily meeting goals and am focused on making the Commonwealth team for 2018.” Sport at this level isn’t for the faint-hearted and requires every ounce of organisational ability, juggling 20 hours of training a week with school work. Grace makes it happen somehow, squeezing homework in her lunch breaks and in weekends. There are not a lot of hours left outside school and gym, but Grace knows that this is what’s required if she wants to get to the Commonwealth Games. Robin Kirkham, Principal of ACG Strathallan says, “Grace has more to organise between her training and school than the average student. She’s not only a fantastic gymnast, but is a diligent and caring student. We are as supportive as we can be and hope to enable her to pursue her goals.” The Pacific Rim Championships is the first competitive event of the year and she’s already looking forward to it. Grace says, “The great thing about competing overseas is the experience. The gymnasts are different and the judges are different.” It’s these crucial elements that are vital to developing Grace’s skills as a gymnast. The more international exposure she can get at this stage will strengthen her ability. With this in mind she is also hoping to this year trial for the Europe Tour, which runs a junior competition alongside the Olympic-level gymnasts in Germany and Russia over three or four weeks. - See more at: http://www.acgedu.com/nz/strathallan/home/blog/10006-student-success-9/acg-strathallan-gymnast-to-represent-nz-in-washington#sthash.fStTbepf.dpuf
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