After the exciting news of Talia Folino winning “Female Gymnast of the year” I thought it would be a great opportunity to share more about Talia, what a typical training week looks like, her goals, challenges and tips for digging deep!
Read on for our interview.
I have had the privilege of working with Talia Folino and other elite junior gymnasts through the VIS and Waverly Gymnastics Centre over the past 2 years.
I am continuously proud of the dedication, determination, passion and hard work these girls demonstrate!
When did you start gymnastics?
I started gymnastics when I was 3
What does a typical training week look like for you?
I train 30 hours a week which means I'm up at 5:45 most mornings and I don't get home until 7pm, then I go to school in between both my sessions.
What has been your 3 proudest achievements so far?
My 3 proudest achievements in gymnastics has been representing Australia in Jesolo Italy, winning Female Gymnast of the Year and coming 1st on vault, bars and all round in Junior International at the Australian Championships in 2016.
What are your ultimate goals?
My goals for this sport is to make a Worlds, commonwealth games or the Olympics.
What are you 3 favourite things about gymnastics or being a gymnast?
The best thing about being a gymnast is your really competitive (in a good way)
I love being a gymnast because you have such good support from everyone and you learn so many things.
What are the biggest challenges you face as an elite gymnast?
I've faced so many challenges throughout my time in gymnastics. I have injured myself 2 days before I was meant to leave for France and compete for Australia, I have had to sacrifice holidays, parties and food to be an elite athlete.
What role or importance does nutrition play on your training and performance?
Nutrition plays a huge role for me in gymnastics because it helps me fuel my body and give me energy to train the amount of hours I do and keep my injury free as much as possible.
What's your favourite meal and snack?
My favourite meal is a nice steak with vegetables and my favourite Snack is probably chocolate.
When things get tough what do you do to find strength/dig deep and push through?
When things get tough for me I always think back to why I started gymnastics and all the things that gymnastics will be able to do for me in the future if I push through the hard times now.
What do you believe are the main characteristics for a successful gymnast?
The main characteristics for a successful Gymnast is strength, flexibility, a good attitude, dedication and the ability to focus even when hard.
If there was no gymnastics, what can you imagine doing with your time?
I can't imagine my life without gymnastics but I think I would be focusing on school and maybe going out to parties.
What is the best or most memorable tip or lesson you have learned from Amy?
The most memorable tip I have learnt from Amy is making sure your fuelling your body with all the right foods so I have enough energy for training and recovery.
Do you have any unique/weird/interesting habits or traditions you do before or on the day of competition?
(e.g. I use to think I had to eat baked beans the night before I ran!)
I don't really have any weird or unique things I do before competition but I like to listen to music so I don't stress as much.