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Lidiia Iakovleva was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Lidiia was born in Petrazovodsk, Russia and it was there she joined Petrozavodsk Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. Initially she danced, but rhythmic gymnastics was gaining popularity in Russia and her parents suggested she might enjoy this. Lidiia fell instantly in love with the sport. Moving to Australia with her family at age 7 (2010), she continued gymnastics and was coached by her mother, Iuliia Iakovleva, firstly at Premier Gymnastics then at Aspire Gymnastics Academy.

Success began in 2013 at the National Championships where she placed third in the international seven junior division. She went on to earn a consecutive bronze medal in 2014 in the international eight junior division.

Iakovleva felt an extreme development in her performance after she attended a training camp in Russia. The training camp was tough and taught great discipline, it was a turning point for her gymnastics.

The experience brought her confidence and self-belief, it was there she realised that she wanted to pursue a career in rhythmic gymnastics. Her newly acquired skills she’d learnt in Russia, helped her rank first at the Sydney selection trials for the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships. At the Championships she placed fifth in the All-Around competition, she also claimed a bronze medal in the Clubs Final.

The same year, Iakovleva competed as an International Junior for the first time at the National Championships. Her fantastic performance earned her first in Rope, Hoop and Clubs. The following year, at the 2017 National championships she triumphed ranking first overall.

At the 2018 Australian National Championships, she ranked first overall after winning gold in all four of her finals. Shortly after Nationals, was selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Youth Olympic games in Buenos Aires. At the competition she ranked 22nd individually and third in the multi-Discipline team event.

2019 was a big year for Lidiia as she became eligible for senior competition. She finished fifty-ninth in the all-around at her first senior international competition at the 2019 Pesaro World Cup. Shortly after her senior international debut, at the World Challenge Cup in Kazan, she finished forty-seventh in the all-around and the Australian team finished 30th and she finished sixty-fifth in the all-around at the 2019 World Championships.

Lidiia won the gold medal in the all-around at the 2021 Australian Championships which shortly followed by a gold medal at the 2021 Oceania Championships in Gold Coast in the all-around and received the Oceania Continental Championships quota spot to the 2020 Olympic Games.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Lidiia’s Olympic debut, she finished twenty-third in the qualification round for the individual all-around.

Aside from her promising gymnastics future, Lidiia has a bright future ahead for life outside of sport with aspirations of becoming a doctor. She also aspires to assist other athletes by way of providing Free Online Training Classes to over 500 Gymnasts all around Australia and New Zealand during the 2020/2021 Covid-19 lockdown.

“Being a successful SAHOF Scholarship Applicant will go a long way to contributing for my preparation towards my future short-term and long-term goals. Rhythmic Gymnastics in Australia is a sport that is mostly self-funded, the parents and the athletes need to fund almost all trainings and competitions costs. As expected in elite sports this comes up to very large amounts of money as they include several costs i.e., physio, massage, training, camps, travel, accommodation, apparatus equipment, competition entry fees and Leotards. Receiving this Scholarship will help play a big role in my preparation for the 2022 season financially. Having this Scholarship and SAHOF on my team supporting me will only make my team stronger and help me achieve my goals set in 2022.” – Lidiia Iakovleva on being selected as a 2022 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.



  • 2016: Pacific Rim Championships, USA – Clubs Final, bronze
  • 2016: Australian Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Nationals – Champion
  • 2017: Australian Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Nationals – Champion
  • 2018: Australian Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Nationals – Champion
  • 2018: Youth Olympic Games, Argentina – Multi Discipline Team Event, bronze
  • 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Ranking of 19th in clubs
  • 2021: Oceana Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships – Champion
  • 2021: Senior International Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships – Champion



Bio credit to Gymnastics Australia


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