Gymnast flips her way to success

Team Australia: Patricia Chaleunphon (at left) with her gold medal-winning team at the 2018 International Aerobic Championships.
Team Australia: Patricia Chaleunphon (at left) with her gold medal-winning team at the 2018 International Aerobic Championships.

Patricia Chaleunphon is on top of the world.

The 13-year-old Blair Athol girl has just come back from the US, where she picked up a gold medal with her aerobic gymnastics team.

The Broughton Anglican School student spent 10 days representing Australia in the 2018 International Aerobic Championships.

Patricia said her time overseas was incredible.

“I had the best experience in my life getting to meet many aerobics superstars from all around the world,” she said. “Competing on a huge stage was exciting.

“I wouldn’t have made it this far without the support of my family, especially my grandparents.”

Patricia’s mum Kathy said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter.

“We are extremely proud parents as this is her highest achievement,” Chaleunphon said.

“If feels rewarding that all her hard work has paid off.

“Patricia trains four times a week, for three hours a day, under the strict guidance of her amazing coach Patsy Tatian.”

Aerobic gymnastics involves completing high-intensity movies and patterns in sync with music.

Chaleunphon said Patricia started gymnastics “just for fun” but grew to love the sport and want to achieve more.

“This championship was her first step as a new teenager in becoming independent and taking care of her own responsibilities,” she said.

“The most important thing was knowing her duty as part of Team Australia.”

Patricia stayed in a “grand resort and spa” in Arizona and enjoyed visiting a huge water park.

She was extremely proud to bring home gold for Australia.