Preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month, 2012 Australian Olympian Larrissa Miller told IG she surprised herself by earning a berth to the Games after a strong showing at the Australian championships in May.
“I felt like everything just came together in the last month or two leading up to nationals,” said Miller, who turned 22 on July 12. “But if you had told me six months ago that I would be on the Commonwealth Games team, I would have called you crazy!”
Miller, who resumed training last November, won her first Australian national title when she placed first on uneven bars at the Australian championships in late May. She is training full-time at Waverley Gymnastics Centre in suburban Melbourne, where she lives with her sister and her sister’s family.
“At the moment I'm not studying or working, because I had such a short time frame between moving to Melbourne and Commonwealth Games trials,” Miller said. “Gymnastics is my main priority so I wanted to put all my time and energy into training, and not have to worry about other commitments. I train twice most days — morning and afternoon — and usually come home and rest or baby-sit my nephews between sessions. Supporting myself financially has been and will be one of my biggest challenges moving forward, now that I am out on my own.”
Miller said managing in the real world is a transition that, despite its occasional obstacles, is making her more self-reliant.
“I didn't realize how dependent I was on my mum!” Miller said. “I really miss my parents, but I'm also enjoying being more independent. I have never been much of a cook, but I'm having fun experimenting with new things, and I'm definitely better than I used to be. I can't say that I'm good, but I'm getting there. I feel like I'm learning a lot about a lot of different things, which I like. It's nice to know that I can do things for myself, but if I'm ever in doubt, my mum and dad are just a phone call away.”
Miller said she is not limiting the extent of her thus-far successful comeback in the sport.
“There are still so many things that I would like to try in gymnastics,” she told IG. “Some things may work out for me and other things may not. I really believe that I can do more. I love discovering what I am capable of and pushing my limits. So that's what I'm going to do — just keep pushing and see where it takes me.”
Note: IG’s Australian subscribers can read the full interview with Miller in the Australian digital supplement to the July/August 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine.
International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Australian gymnasts includes:
Alysha Djuric profile (July/August 2014)
“The Lowdown from Liddick” – comments from Australian team coach Peggy Liddick (June 2014)
“Catching up with Allana Slater” – profile (April 2014)
Georgia Godwin cover photo (March 2014)
"10 Questions with Naoya Tsukahara" - interview (September 2013)
"Aussie Long Shot" - Daria Joura profile (July/August 2012)
"10 Questions with Olivia Vivian" - interview (March 2011)
"Golden Surprise" - Lauren Mitchell cover story (January/February 2011)
Coach Peggy Liddick interview (January/February 2011)
"Late Bloomer" - Amelia McGrath profile (October 2010)
Lisa Skinner chat (September 2010)
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