Iza is jumping to stardom
GYMNASTICS: The stature continues to grow literally for talented Gladstone Gymnastics' prodigy Izabeya Jones.
It comes as no surprise that the 14-year-old is this week's Yaralla Sports Club Junior Sports Star.
And here's why.
Izabeya represented Australia last year in China at world's with her 12-18 international women's group they were competing against 27 other teams all from over the world making it into the final and her trio placing sixth in the world.
Then on her return to Australia, training with her new partnership, Izabeya is now a base in level six women's pair.
She made it into the Queensland state team earlier this year and has just recently come back from the gymnastics championships in Melbourne where she was placed second in balance and second for dynamic and second overall in Australia.
Izabeya's passion for gymnastics began when she was a toddler.
"At the age of two I started kindergym and then I moved up to women's artistic intro program and then moved to squad,” Izabeya said.
"Then in 2013, I joined sports acrobatic and at the end of 2014, I was selected along with my amazing bases to be apart of Gladstone's first international 12-18 women's trio.”
Izabeya said that it was quite obvious when she knew she had made it in the sport.
"I would say when I was in a woman's pair level six (when) we placed second in Australia at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in 2014,” she said.
Aside from the competitive nature of gymnastics, Izabeya explained the other satisfying elements that it brings.
"I love acro and I love to compete,” she said.
"It's a great honour to represent Australia and seeing my family and friend's in the stands watching me especially seeing my dad's face after we competed our final routine in China.
"He was super proud that gives me joy.”
Unfortunately the sports acrobatics category of gymnastics are not a part of either the Olympics or Commonwealth Games, but Izabeya is hopeful it will be in the not-too-distant-future.
She has another aim in several years.
"I'm hoping to make the 2020 Acro World Championships,” Izabeya said.
The young gymnast offers some sound advice for anyone thinking in taking up the sport.
It also does not matter where they come from.
"To never give up on your dreams and to work hard at every training session,” she said.
"My motto is you train like you compete and you compete like you train.”
Izabeya said she will spend her $500 cash prize as the reward for being this week's Yaralla Sports Club Junior Sports Star.
"I will be saving it (because) this sport gets no funding, so it will most probably go towards my travel expenses for 2020 if I make it to the worlds,” she said.
AUST: 6th in world in Women's Group
QLD: 2nd in Aust for Balance; 2nd in Dynamic; 2nd Overall in Australia