Athlete Retirement: Zoe Tisdale

After 18 years in the sport, Western Australian Aerobic Gymnastics athlete, Zoe Tisdale, has performed her final straddle jump, calling time on her decorated career. 

Starting out at the age of eight at Star Mites Gymsports in Perth, Zoe followed in her sister’s shoes telling Gymnastics Australia “I believe it was [the Gymsport] best suited to me. I enjoyed being active and Aerobics was super fun.”

While the sport may have suited Zoe, it was her guts and determination that saw her rack up the frequent flyer miles and compete for Australia at many international events including the Suzuki World Cup on three occasions, two consecutive World Championships, the World Games, and numerous appearances at the ANAC International Championships . 

“In 2011 I sustained a scaphoid fracture and had two surgeries to repair it which were unsuccessful, and [had] the surgeon telling me I would never weight bear on my wrist again.”

Zoe proved the surgeon wrong, and went on to compete at the 2012 World Championships in Bulgaria where the AeroDance group she was a member of qualified for the 2013 World Games – the pinnacle of Aerobic Gymnastics - where they finished 6th. In 2017, Zoe realised a dream as an athlete where she took out the gold medal for AeroDance Senior Individual Women at the 2017 ANAC Championships in Phoenix Arizona.

“It still amazes me that I am the best in the world in this category.”

As she reminisces on her 18 years in the sport, Zoe would like to thank those who played a part in helping her to achieve her dreams. 

“To Trudi Nurse, you were my coach for the longest time and taught me an enormous amount to do with Aerobic Gymnastics and competing at an international level. To Karon Williams your support and guidance as a Technical Director and Head of Delegation was vital for the growth of Aerobics in Western Australia and Australia. To Karen Nordon, Liz Lyons and Pam Behan, you have all played pivotal roles in Aerobics in Australia. Lastly I could not have done any part of Aerobics without my incredible mother, father and sister. You have shared in my crazy dreams to represent Australia and to continue doing it for 11 consecutive years. To anyone who was ever told they were not good enough please don’t believe that, chase your dreams, be dedicated, work hard and accomplish what they said you couldn’t. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."

From everyone at Gymnastics Australia, congratulations on a wonderful career Zoe. We will miss your smiling face on the Aerobics floor but look forward to watching you develop into a coach, with your goal of one day representing Australia again in this new role. All the best as your continue your work as an Occupational Therapist!