A National level gymnast, who just won gold at the Trans-Tasman Championships, this young lady has a head o her shoulders and attitude that many adults would be jealous of. Her desire to improve and love for life is absolutely infectious

Name: Aphra
Age: 15
Sport: Gymnastics
Favourite Apparatus: Floor, as I get to do powerful tricks
Nickname: The Energiser Bunny

What’s So Special About Gymnastics To You:
It’s so much fun. You get to learn and do all these cool tricks, plus it’s so much different to everything else. I really enjoy competing with all my friends and also making new friends from different clubs

What’s Been Your Biggest Accomplishment So Far:
I just recently competed for Australia in Invercargill, NZ, at the Trans Tasman Tournament. We came 2nd overall in team, and I came 1st in Individual, Bars, and Beam

What Drew You To The Academy:
Mum told me about Nick’s story, and it seemed like something that could help me improve myself by improving on my mental and physical strength

What Do You Love About The Academy:
It’s such a great environment and culture. It’s fun, supportive, and I’ve made new friends

How Has The Academy Helped You So Far:
I am so much more powerful and explosive. Plus my flexibility has come a long way. Everything really! It’s made different things at gymnastics so much easier for me too

What’s The Biggest Mindset Shift You’ve Had Since Joining The Academy:
I’ve learnt to never, ever give up. Regardless of the circumstances I am in. I also now believe that I can achieve anything and can truly fulfil my dreams if I work for them

If You Could Be Any Superhero, Who Would You Be:
All of them combined into one Super-SUPERHERO! Oh, just with a killer floor and beam routine…

P.S: Aph’s high-five skills used to be rated a 2/10 at best, but now she’s right up there with the best in the world