Name: Talia Folino
Level: Senior International
University: Long Island University, New York
Motto: Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard
Most admired sportsperson? Aly Raisman
Favourite music? Pop and RNB
Favourite movie/TV shows? Lucifer, Grey’s Anatomy, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, One Tree Hill
What is your pet hate? Slurping
If you were famous who would you be and why? Beyonce, because she’s an empowering woman and an amazing singer, I wish I could sing!
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Don’t compare your life to others, everyone’s journey is different, just trust the process.
When and why did you start gymnastics? 3 years old. My parents put me in because I was always jumping around.
First gymnastics club? Endeavour Hills Leisure Centre
Who is your current coach? John Hart
What is the most important thing your coach has taught you? To take everything day by day and not to worry about things you can’t control.
Favourite thing about Waverley? The supportive coaches and having such a great facility to train in.
Biggest challenge you’ve overcome so far? Breaking my toe in 2018 and coming back to make the World Championships team in 2019.
Favourite apparatus? Floor
Favourite skill? Double layout on floor, or Tkatchevs on bars
Most difficult skill to learn? Yurchenko double twist vault
One skill you would most love to learn? Double lay full on floor
Proudest gymnastics achievement? Making my first World Championships team in 2017, and competing my Yurchenko double twist on vault at Nationals in 2018.
Check out some of Talia’s routines from previous competitions!