By Sally McGlew
FOR Sienna Williams, a recent trip to the Gold Coast enabled her to strike gold, winning a national title for trampolining.
In May Sienna attended the Australian Gymnastics Championships where, at the age of 13, she was awarded the Youth International Under 15 female National Champion trophy.
The Ellenbrook youngster started her gymnastics career aged seven, and since then has been jumping ahead of the competition in leaps and bounds.
It is the first time a West Australian representative has won gold since 1994.
Training with the HighFlyers Trampoline and Gymnastic Academy, Sienna Williams has been working on her gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling skills.
Her mother Denise Williams said her daughter had started development squad trampolining five years ago and has advanced through to compete competitively “through incredible hard work and commitment”.
In 2018 Sienna attended the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne where she was awarded Under 13 Female National Champion, at the age of 10.
In 2019, she returned to the Australian Gymnastics Championships, again held in Melbourne, and she was awarded a silver medal for her routine.
She joined the development squad under head coach Elliott Stratton who said her progression had been amazing.
“She is competing at the international division in the highest level of competition for her age and eight weeks before the championships she injured herself,” he said.
“Many gymnasts take months to recover.
“But she was committed and recovered in time to compete.”
Stratton said Sienna competed against 12 other girls in under 15 division in her division.
“Sienna is only 13 years old and she’s training 9-12 hours a week, obviously that’s a big deal to work that hard and miss out on other social obligations because she’s so dedicated to her sport.”
Stratton said setting goals for Sienna this year included tracking down the world championships in future years to get some Australian qualifying skills and entering the world age group championships.
“Obviously we can’t do that at the moment but when travel opens up it will be something we pursue,” he said.