Dargaville gymnast Grace Christey has a spring in her step and for a good reason.
The 11-year-old Dargaville Intermediate student is the first Northlander to be selected to represent New Zealand at the Association of National Aerobics Championships International Aerobic and Youth Aerobics Championships held in Arizona this year.
Coach, Ashleigh McCaw, said the announcement was ‘very exciting’ for the other aerobics members to see someone training towards this type of event.
“We hope that the community will get in behind this young athlete to support her with achieving her goals and being a role model for up and coming athletes in our region.”
Grace has been a member of the aerobics club based in Whangarei called Active Attitude for four years and started her training at the Dargaville Gymnastics Club held at the Community Hall. She has been involved in aerobic gymnastics for the past three years.
She says her favourite thing about gymnastics is: “The fun of competing and overcoming all the challenges it provides.”
She has also represented Northland at three National Championships and travels to Whangarei twice a week to train with her Active Attitude Aerobics Academy teammates.
Ashleigh says Grace has “an amazing work ethic and is a pleasure to coach and be around.
“Her constant search for improvements in her performance has helped her to get this far and will be one of her strengths going into her next phase of training for an international competition.”
Ashleigh encourages anyone who would like to support Grace to email firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with any funders in the community who would like to support youth development.