WHEN Gympie gymnast Teagan Cleary started training at the Gympie Gymnastics Club over 10 years ago, she set herself a goal to become a Level 10 gymnast.
Her determination was evident for all to see at the club and no one has doubted her work ethic to make it happen.
Now, at the age of 18 and having graduated from high school last year, Cleary’s dream is becoming a reality after passing her Level 7 assessment in Moreton Bay last month.
“I was so happy when I passed Level 7,” she said. “There were feelings of relief and joy.”
The elation Cleary felt replaced nerves as she underwent her assessment in front of a panel of discerning judges on May 9.
“It’s always been a big goal of mine to reach Level 10 and now I am getting up there,” she said.
“It means a lot more now so that’s why I was feeling a little nervous.”
As a Level 7 gymnast, Cleary is the club’s highest ranked member. It’s an honour she carries with pride.
“I feel really proud about that,” she said. “I’ve worked very hard for it.”
Training consumes a lot of Cleary’s energy, and it’s common for the young star to be hitting the mats more than 15 hours a week. It’s a training regimen not for the weak-willed.
Making life even more challenging for the gymnast is fitting her personal training in around her coaching duties with the Gympie Gymnastics Club and her traineeship, also done through the club.
Looking ahead, Cleary has a clear vision of where she wants to be at the end of the year.
“I hope to pass the Level 8 assessment at the end of the year,” she said.
Beyond that, Level 10 is looming as a distinct possibility towards the end of 2011.
Cleary has hopes of one day achieving a Certificate IV in Fitness and Personal Training, which will open up plenty of opportunities in the industry.
But for now, training remains a top priority as cracking the Level 10 mark is tantalisingly close.