The world champion can get thrown around a lot these days. The dictionary defines a champion as one who excels all others. Lauren Mitchell is an Australian gymnastic champion. Her gymnastics career started out at her local PCYC. Since then, Lauren has gone on to achieve amazing success. Her sporting motto is “Success is the sum of small efforts, added up every day”. Because of her consistent application to the sport she loved from the age of 6, Lauren is a World champion and Australia’s most decorated gymnast (that is not an easy title to claim). The sport of gymnastics is one that requires your everything. It takes many years to build the strength, agility, and flexibility that makes gymnastics such a beautiful sport to watch. Let’s take a peek at her athletic accomplishments.
A Sporting Legend
Lauren’s sporting career started at the tender age of 6. At that age, Lauren started gymnastics because it “looked fun”. From there she moved to The Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) for high-performance athletes. Training here meant that by 2007 she was ready to compete on the world stage. In Stuttgart for the World Cup, she achieved silver and bronze medals for Beam and Floor. This was just the beginning of an exemplary career.
This proud Australian teenager then moved onto the Beijing Olympic Games and later achieved the remarkable in Madrid, Spain by winning the World Cup final on the Beam. Her successes continued to roll in because by 2009 she successfully took out the Australian All Around title and as a result was selected for the World Championships team. Her brilliant achievements meant that she achieved that rare distinction of winning two medals in the same competition – placing her in legendary status as the only Australian to do that.
Lauren’s stellar performances continued throughout 2010. The Commonwealth Games in Delhi secured gold and silver medals. Her moment to really eclipse all others happened at the World Championships in Rotterdam – making history no less (like the champion she is) by becoming the World Champion on Floor. Let’s take a moment and think how much dedication and focus a win like that must take. Can you imagine the competition? Just wow! Another two silver medals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, shows us what a fierce competitor she is.
Her story is inspiring the next generation of gymnasts. We can’t wait to see what comes next for this champion.
Join the Fun
Is there an aspiring young gymnast in your life? Why not take them to a gymnastics club – you’re sure to find one at your local PCYC. Getting the kids to join their local PCYC for their comprehensive gymnastics program is the first step to who knows where.