"AGB Says G'day To..." is a short-answer interview conducted with a rising star in the Aussie gym ranks. The questions are designed to let you know a little about their training and competition experiences so you can keep your eye on them in the future.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to the very first interviewee.
AGB SAYS G'DAY TO... BRITTANY BOFFO!
Brittany Boffo is an IDP8 gymnast from Queensland, a quiet achiever with an elegant style, who scored some serious hardware at Nationals last year. You might also remember her as being the Guinness World Record Holder for most 'body skips' completed in one minute. I sincerely thank Brit's mum and QAS coach Vladimir Joura for allowing her to participate.
**********************************************AGB: Hello Brittany and thanks so much for taking part. There are people out there excited to hear from you!
Tell us a bit about your gymnastics journey so far - Where/why did you start gymnastics?
BB: I started Gym at Murray Bridge in South Australia 2 weeks before my 5th birthday just for fun. I moved to the State Training center in SA while I was still 5. After a few years my family moved to QLD and I am now training at the QAS.
What have been your favourite competitions so far and why?
I have always enjoyed all my competitions but my favourite is probably Victorian States in 2009.
Which is your favourite apparatus to compete on? Which is your least favourite?
My favourite apparatus during training is bars and in comps it is floor. My least favourite is vault.
You have a very elegant style in your performances, do you do much dance training in addition to gymnastics?
I do dance/ballet once a week during training but I don't do any other training out of the gym.
How did it feel winning the National IDP8 all-around title last year?
I was very surprised to have won but it was cool. It wasn't only winning that was exciting but the whole experience of being with all the other gymnasts around the country.
How do you keep yourself motivated after a bad training session, or a routine that doesn't go your way?
I like to talk to Tianye [Boorman] to get my focus off the bad skills I have done in that training session. It works too!!!!!! Seriously though, I don't stress over it. I just keep trying until I get it.
What do your friends outside of gymnastics think when they see you do your skills?
They always ask me, "How do you do that?".
Which gymnasts do you admire most and why?
Nastia Liukin is my favourite because she is a really good gymnast and is a great role model. Since I was 5 I always wanted to do the skills Philippe Rizzo could do. I have since learned that girls don't do skills that guys do.
What are your hopes for 2010, and your hopes for the years to come?
In 2010 I want to do well in IDP 10 and hopefully continue on to Juniors. Long term I would like to represent Australia Internationally at world events.
Here are some 'random bits' Brittany would like readers to know...
Dogs are my favourite, especially our maltese cross called Wilson
My favourite food is Dad's pasta
Fave colour is fluro green
I love drawing
I don't like sea food!
Thanks again for your responses, Brittany, and best wishes for the coming year!