HTAS Athlete Profile
Laura Edwards - Gymnastics
Laura Edwards competes in artistic gymnastics at Dynamo School of Gymnastics. It has been a tough year for Laura as a stress fracture forced her to withdraw from Olympic selection.
SHIOW: Please can you tell us about some of your achievements?
LE: I reached the all around final at Commonwealth Games and won a silver medal. I came 3rd in the 2010 World Cup in Portugal and I was a member of the GB team for the World Championships in Tokyo in 2011.
SHIOW: What has been your biggest challenge?
LE: My biggest challenge has been that this year I suffered a stress fracture in my foot forcing me to withdraw from the Olympic selection process. It was extremely difficult to deal with and was hard to stay positive but I have had lots of rehab and recovery now on the way back.
SHIOW: What are your targets for the future?
LE: My next target is to become fit again and make the team for 2013 European and World Championships.
SHIOW: What is your favourite sporting moment?
LE: Winning the Commonwealth Games silver medal with my team and as a spectator watching the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.
SHIOW: What are your top tips for aspiring athletes?
LE: Don’t give up if you have a set back or you start to find it hard, push through you’ll get there in the end!
SHIOW: What one piece of kit, equipment or food / drink could you not live without?
My hand guards because they are so important when I do bars and it takes me a while to get into new ones.
SHIOW: Who is your sporting hero?
LE: My sporting hero is Nastia Luikin, as I love her style of gymnastics and her elegance.
SHIOW: Who has most influenced your success?
LE: Debbie and Mr R, my coaches are the main reason I am where I am today. Without them pushing me and helping me to succeed I wouldn’t have achieved any of the things I have.
SHIOW: Which 10 words best describe you?
LE: Small, sporty, friendly, dedicated, committed, organised, easy going, focused, determined and fun.