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Year Awarded: 2015
Sport: Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Paige James - Women's Artistic Gymnastics

Paige James was awarded The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program in October 2014 for the 2015 year. Her Mentor is Catherine Freeman OAM.

Paige James is an aspiring young Artistic gymnast who trains at the West Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) and is a current member of the Australian Junior National squad. She is of Indigenous descent with cultural connections both in West Australia, Wongi/Yamatji and Queensland –Bidjara.

2013 represented Paige’s breakout year. At the age of twelve she was selected as the youngest Artistic gymnast representing Australia as part of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival squad. This achievement also recognised Paige as being the first Aboriginal gymnast to be selected on an Australian team.

In February 2013, competing for Australia at the Perth Dreamlight International Challenge she was the silver medallist overall and also placed second on the floor. In June 2013, Paige competed at the International Year of the Child tournament in Leninsk-Kuznetskiyin, Russia. Apart from the opportunity to gain some invaluable international experience, she performed a stand out routine winning a gold medal on the floor, and backed up to take second place in the all-around category.

Unfortunately injury was to play a part in her gymnastics career in the latter half of 2013 with Paige having to train and compete on a modified program for the next 5 months.

Her first competition back was winning Gold on floor at the 2014 Victorian State Championships in March which she followed up by winning Gold on Floor and bronze on vault at this year’s National championships competing in the Junior International category. To cap it all off she was named in the 2014 Australian Junior National Squad.

Top 5 Performances of the last 18 months:

  • January 2013 - Representative on the Australian team, competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in January 2013.
  • February 2013 - competing for Australia at the Perth Dreamlight International Challenge (Silver medallist overall & silver medallist on the floor)
  • June 2013 - International Year of the Child tournament in Leninsk-Kuznetskiyin, Russia (Gold medal on the floor and silver in the all-around category)
  • June 2014 Australian National championships competing in the Junior International category. (Gold on Floor & Bronze on Vault)
  • 2014 member of Australian Junior National Squad.

 

Mentor:  Catherine Freeman OAM

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