Australian gymnast Maddi Leydin currently leads the voting to win a $10,000 sports scholarship, with the voting ending Monday morning in Australia.
Leydin is a finalist for the Colonial First State Sports Boost along with Matthew Penny (athletics), Mack Horton (swimming) and Lauren Perry (cycling).
Maddi Leydin (Australia)
Leydin told IG she is thrilled by how the gymnastics community has rallied to help push her into the lead.
"I am stoked by the support I have received from the gymnastics community, family, friends and their extended networks," said Leydin, who trains under coaches Misha Barabach and Tracey Penaluna at the Victorian Women's High Performance Centre. "I really can't believe how many people have voted for me and encouraged others to vote and share the link on Facebook."
Leydin was also a finalist for the award in 2013, after winning the senior all-around title at the Australian championships. At the this year's championships in May, Leydin claimed second all-around behind Georgia Godwin.
"I was happy with my performance at nationals," she said. "Despite limited preparation I managed to place second all-around, won bronze on bars and came fourth on beam."
Leydin currently holds a narrow lead over Denny in the online voting for the scholarship. If she wins the competition, Gymnastics Australia also will receive $15,000 in funding.
"Winning the sponsorship grant would be awesome," she said. "It will be used to cover the expenses associated with coaching, medical support and the equipment that is required to help me achieve my goals. Gymnastics Australia will also receive additional funding, which is fantastic as they have been a great support for me throughout my career so far. Hopefully this exposure will also help to encourage younger gymnasts to keep working hard in the gym and chasing their dreams."
Voting ends Monday in Australia, and Leydin is hoping for a last-minute surge to help secure the award.
"The support has been incredible but the voting is really close," she said. "So we still need all of the votes we can get. Please vote!"
Click here to vote on Facebook to support Maddi Leydin and Australian Gymnastics.
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