IMAGINE for a moment that it’s a summer Olympic Games year.
You’re an Australian team member and you are just about to walk out into the stadium for the opening ceremony.
You take a deep breath and start the march into the stadium amidst the flashing glare of cameras and under the gaze of millions of television viewers around the world.
Well, that’s the dream of one Hamilton girl.
Ten-year-old Miriana Perkins has already taken the first steps towards living her Olympic Games dream.
While she lives in Hamilton and continues to attend school here, she also trains with the Geelong YMCA Gymnastics Club five days a week.
The Geelong club is the closest centre to home that not only offers nationals, but also an internationals pathway.
Her gymnastic journey initially started with the Hamilton and District Gymnastics Club before she joined the Warrnambool Gymnastics Club.
“She moved to the Geelong club because that is the closest centre to home that offers nationals and they have the advantage that they do offer a branch of the AIS within the gymnastic club, which is the international stream,” her mum, Pauline, told the Hamilton Spectator.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, February 13, 2014.