Hi, my name is Fleur, I am 15 years old and together with Teagon (12), I compete in an Acrobatics Gymnastics Women's Pair in the 11-16 Age Level. We are current Australian National Champions, 2017 - 2018 National Squad members and we have been selected into the Australian Team for the Acro World Age Group Competitions in Antwerp, Belgium in April 2018. I am so very excited that I get to represent Australia! I have worked very hard to achieve that dream. Unfortunately the sport is fully self-funded, even representing Australia at the World Championship. That's why your donation to help me go to Belgium is so very much appreciated. Donations over $2 via the Australian Sports Foundation are fully tax deductible.
7 years ago, starting at an age of 9, and performing in a trio, I competed at different levels in the NSW State competitions. Since October 2016, I perform in a pair together with Teagon, she is the 'top' in our pair and I am the base. And since 2016 we have had our eyes on one goal: the World Age Competitions in 2018. And to get there, a lot of training is required: 4 times a week after school and Saturday mornings, for 3.5 hrs each time, around 17 hours a week in total; and even during school holidays.
2017 is the first year that we competed at a level where there are National and International competitions (International age level 11-16, women's pair) and in February 2017, at State Trials, we achieved a qualifying score for the National Championships. Due to injury, we could not compete at the NSW State Championship, but in June, at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, we became National Champions! and also straight away achieved a qualifying score (52.3) for the 2017-18 Acrobatic Gymnastics National Squad.
In November 2017 we competed at the World Age Championship trials, the selection event for the Australian Team and WE MADE IT !!! We again achieved the top score (and another PB of 54.7), made the Australian Team and we are now going to the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Competitions in April 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium!!!!!
Acrobatic Gymnastics is not a well funded sport. Even representing Australia at the World Age Competitions (Belgium, April 2018) is self-funded. Travel, accommodation, entry fees, and even the Australian team uniform (tracksuit etc), a total of $4500, is paid for by the gymnasts themselves. And then there is the mandatory AIS camp in January (self-funded, $500). To prepare for the World Age Competitions, our club is also participating in an international tournament in Las Vegas in February 2018 (also self-funded, estimated at $4000 ). There are a few government grants available but they nowhere near cover the cost of the gymnast and a parent to travel with the gymnast. My goal is to raise $5000.
With this fundraising program I am trying to generate enough money for these trips for myself and with a bit of luck, for one of my parents to accompany me. Please help me reach my full potential in Acrobatics Gymnastics and donate; even the smallest donation helps. Thank you !