Looking ahead to Tokyo: Tyson Bull

As 2020 came to a close, the excitement and possibilities of 2021 had Tokyo bound, Tyson Bull ready to conquer the world. 

Enjoying some much-deserved time-off, Tyson made the most of the opportunity to recharge and reset ahead of what will be a mammoth year.

“I had a very relaxing and much-needed break, I flew home to Melbourne to spend Christmas with my family, who I hadn’t seen in 6 months,” Tyson explained. 

“After that I flew up to Brisbane to spend New Years with some friends and old teammates.

“The big push before Christmas is tiring mentally and physically, so having the chance to take a few days off, refresh and hit the ground running this year has been great.” 

As New Year celebrations took-off, Tyson took a moment to reflect on the year that was 2020, noting that “initially it was very demoralising to have the Olympics postponed, but it was actually a very productive year in my career.” 

“My mindset has been to use the extra year of preparation to close the gap on where I was in 2019 and the top 3 gymnasts in the world. 

“I’ve taken some big steps forward; now it’s time to turn that work into competitions.” 

As Tyson’s mindset creeps towards July 23, he is determined to prove he is one of the top Horizontal Bar gymnasts in the world. 

“I can’t wait to get back on the competition floor with some upgraded sets and put the last year of work into action.” 

For Tyson though, the preparation ahead of the Olympics will be different to the norm given the uncertain nature of events and boarder restrictions. 

“We have a few Senior Camps lined up. There might be State Championships where I can get in a few trial runs on new skills, then Australian Championships in May all things going to plan.

“It would have been nice to get some international experience before the Games, but it’s too risky and not worth the potential two-week quarantine on the way back.” 

Be sure to stay tuned through 2021 as Tyson and fellow Tokyo-bound teammates heat up their preparation as they eagerly await to represent their country on the highest stage.