Laura Trapnell (10KL)

Congratulations to Laura Trapnell (10KL) who won two medals at the Australian Gymnastics Competition held in Melbourne last week. Laura won silver for her hoop routine and bronze for her clubs routine. This is an amazing effort. Rhythmic gymnastics involves a number of routines including rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. It is an extremely skilful sport and demands many hours of training each week all year round. Well done Laura, we are proud of your achievements.

WA Rhythmic Gymnast Gains Silver and Bronze at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships (Post Newspaper article)

Laura Trapnell (15) has just flown back from Melbourne after competing with girls from all over Australia at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships. Laura was thrilled when she won a silver medal for her hoop routine and a bronze medal for her clubs routine.

"I couldn't quite believe it when my name was announced. It was the most incredible feeling. It felt like a dream!" Laura said.

Laura also won certificates for placing 5th in ball and 6th overall.

Prior to Nationals Laura was selected on the State Team and was also the Level 8 WA State Champion winning 5 gold medals.

Rhythmic Gymnastics involves a number of routines including rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. It is a skilful sport and demands many hours of training to gain enough points during the qualification competitions to be selected on the WA Team.

This is Laura's sixth year representing WA at Nationals. She has been performing Rhythmic Gymnastics since Year 1, age 7 and now she is 15 in Year 10 attending school at John XXIII College in Mount Claremont.

Laura started Rhythmic Gymnastics because she really wanted to do something with the hoop as she loved hoola hooping in pre primary. Laura asked her Mum if she could go somewhere where she can learn tricks with the hoop. After searching on the internet up came Rhythmic Gymnastics and she immediately fell in love with it. Nine years later Laura continues with the same passion and dedication for the sport.

The training regime is full on with at least 12 hours a week which happens all year round plus many hours to attend competitions. There is a very tight balance trying to fit school work and training sessions into her weekly schedule. But it is what she loves and Laura wouldn't want to live her life without it.

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Laura Trapnell (15) competing her 4 Rhythmic routines at the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships. (Photo by Winkipop Media)