Paige James

                                                                     

James has forged a path for many young Indigenous Australians to compete in gymnastics, becoming the first Indigenous Australian gymnast to compete for her country.

With a support cast that includes Cathy Freeman as mentor, as well as Nikolai Lapchine and Martine George coaching her, James has set a solid foundation on her goal – which is to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

James had a good run of results in 2012 and 2013, winning the National All-Around title in IDP 8 in 2012, as well as becoming national champion on the Floor. She was able to take out second in both categories in the 2013 Perth International, while her performances at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival yielded a 19th in the All-Apparatus final, and fourth in the Team final.

Her breakthrough International gold medal came in the Year of the Child tournament in 2013, where she won gold on the Floor. 

Paige is currently training to increase her difficulty and consistency for when she turns senior and hopes to contribute to the Australian Team.

 

QUICK FACTS

Birthplace: Perth, WA
Occupation: Student - Year 11
Nickname: PJ
Sporting motto: Fight, Strength, Belief
Most admired sportsperson: Michael Walters
Favourite sports team: Fremantle Dockers
Favourite music: Kasabian, Violent Soho, Alt J, Angus and Julia Stone, Gorillaz, Wombats, Sticky Fingers
Favourite movie: Too many to name!
Five words that best describe you: Supportive, sporty, persistent, funny crazy
Have any of your family been elite athletes? My mum played water polo and my dad played high-level AFL
Best piece of advice ever received: Fight through for everything, never give up
How do you relax when you're not in the gym? Seeing my friends and family really helps me relax and have fun in between training sessions

TRAINING INFORMATION

Age began gymnastics and reason for starting: I started when I was 6 because I was always trying flip off coaches and washing lines, so my parents thought they would enroll me in to Jednorog to learn how to do things properly. 
First Club: Jednorog Gymnastics Academy
First Coach: Donna Grocott
Current Club: Western Australian Institute of Sport
Current Coach: Nikolai Lapchine, Martine George, Joshua Fabian and Reagan Watkins   
Best apparatus: Floor
Favourite skill: 1 ½ step to round off flip 3/1
Most difficult skill to learn: Bars
Favourite aspect of being a gymnast: Always being fit and strong and pushing my body to it's limits
Strengths as a gymnast: Power

OST SIGNIFICANT

Best National Performance: Floor at 2014 National Clubs
Best International Performance: Competing in Russia
Best Gymnastics Moment: Competing in Russia and being picked to represent Australia for the first time

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Year Jun/Snr
Team
AA
VT
UB
BB
FX
2016 Senior
2nd 21st
5th
- - -
2015 Junior - Did not compete - - - - - -
2014 Junior 2nd 7th 3rd - - 1st
2013 IDP 10 2nd 5th 4th 1st 8th 4th
2012 IDP 8 1st 1st 9th 3rd 3rd 1st
2011 IDP 6
2nd
10th
4th
5th
20th
14th

INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Year Event
Team
AA
VT
UB
BB
FX
2015 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, AUS
4th
19th
17th
20th
17th
17th
2013  Perth International, AUS
 2nd
2nd
10th
6th
5th
2nd
2013 Year of the Child Tournament, RUS
-
2nd
-
-
-
1st

MAJOR EVENTS HISTORY

Commonwealth Games: N/A
World Championships: N/A
Olympic Games: N/A