Samsonvale’s Jordan and Holly Cushing are excelling in their chosen sports.
Jordan and Holly Cushing share the same dream – to represent Australia together at a Commonwealth or Olympic Games.
And if recent results in their chosen sports are any indication, the siblings from Samsonvale could be wearing the green and gold sooner rather than later.
Holly finished second overall in the women’s International Development Program Level 6 competition at the recent Australian Gymnastics Championships.
Representing the Lawnton Academy of Gymnastics, her silver medal performance included victory on the vault apparatus.
Holly, whose bedroom walls are adorned with posters of
Australia’s senior gymnastics team, said she was happy with her performance in Sydney, given she finished 19th at her first
national championships last year.
“I didn’t know that I was going to come second,” said Holly, a
former ballet dancer.
“I want to make it to the Olympics in the future.”
She trains at the Queensland High Performance Centre for 30 hours each week, hitting the mat at Chandler every day of the week except Sunday.
There she is trained by
Irina Joura and Vladimir Zakharov, the former coach of ex-Olympian and Clear
Mountain local, Lisa Skinner.
The 11-year-old is so dedicated to her sport that she left Mt Samson State School to attend a school at Belmont, to be closer to her training venue.
Jordan has already compiled some impressive results since
starting in tae kwon do three years ago.
He has competed overseas and has his sights set on fighting in
the junior world championships.
“I got chosen to fight in New Zealand and got to fight over
there, but I didn’t come home with the trophy,” he said.
“I got to the finals and lost to the champion who is pretty
The 13-year-old also finished won a silver medal at the Gold
Coast Open, one of the country’s biggest tae kwon do tournaments, after being
beaten in the final by the boy ranked third in the world.
“I heard that he’s been to Egypt to compete before and I was
hoping if I was good enough I could go overseas and maybe one day go to the
Olympics,” Jordan said.
Jordan, who has aspirations of achieving his black belt this
year, is coached by Damian O’Flaherty at Factor
10 Martial Arts at Strathpine.
Xanthe Cushing says her
children shared a dream of representing their country at the same international
events later this decade.
“They have both talked
about the 2016 Olympics, because they’ll both be qualifying age, but also 2018
(Commonwealth Games) at the Gold Coast because it’s at home,” she said.