National Spotlight Series
Lorelai Koller and Rome Uata
A successful National Championships saw Lorelai and Rome take a clean sweep of gold medals in the Level 6 Mixed pair event, claiming the top position in Overall, Balance and Dynamic. An impressive result for the pair as they balance school, friends and gymnastics.
When did you first start gymnastics and why?
Lorelai: I started gymnastics when I was around 4. I loved to do cartwheels and handstands so started a gymnastics program at school. One day I went to Sydney Gymnastics and Aquatic Centre for a swim lesson. On my way out, I popped my head into the gymnasium, and said to Mum “I want to train here”. It was so big, I was so impressed. I had a trial class for gymnastics, but the acrobatics coach spotted me and asked me to trial for acro. I started acro and have not looked back since.
Rome: I started gymnastics in 2017.
How often do you train?
Lorelai & Rome: I train 4 days a week for a total of 12 hours.
Do you do any other sports or types of training?
Lorelai: No, but I do like to dance in my spare time.
What is the best experience you have had in the sport?
Lorelai: Getting to go to comps and showing other athletes what our team can bring.
Rome: The best experience I have had in gymnastics was getting my highest score.
What was the best thing about National Championships 2019?
Lorelai: The best thing about National Championships 2019 was getting to interact with the WA team and our other NSW team members.
Rome: The best thing about Nationals was that I got to socialise with other people.
Who would you thank the most for helping achieve your goals at National Championships and why?
Lorelai: All my coaches and my family for supporting me and believing that I would do well.
Rome: My coaches, family & friends.
What is your goal for the next 12 months in Gymnastics?
Lorelai: To move up a level and get harder skills.
Rome: To become the best of my ability.
What has been the hardest thing to overcome so far in Gymnastics and how did you get through it?
Lorelai: The hardest thing was going to comp and trusting myself to do well.
Rome: The hardest thing to overcome was getting new skills & we got through it by training hard.
What do you do outside of the gym?
Lorelai: School, friends, holidays, gym – that is my life.
What do you love about gymnastics?
Lorelai: I love getting pushed to do my best and making friends. I also love the teamwork that is involved.
Rome: I love gymnastics because I meet new people and everyone in acro is like a family to each other.