Christie to make dream a reality eight years on from Glasgow 2014

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XXII Commonwealth Games at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Birmingham (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) (AAPIMAGE via Reuters Connect)

Eight years after attending Glasgow 2014, Louise Christie will fulfil her Commonwealth Games dream having surpassed all expectations in 2022 writes Alec McQuarrie.

The 21-year-old rhythmic gymnast picked up two silvers and a gold in May at the British Championships, before making her major championship debut at Europeans in Tel Aviv.

It’s been a long road for Aberdeen’s Christie ever since she started gymnastics at age five and not without its challenges, particularly with high Team Scotland qualification standards.

But after qualifying for the Europeans and managing top six finishes in a couple of international events, the Beacon Rhythmic gymnast is set to realise an ambition almost a decade in the making.

With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games set to inspire people and communities across the country this summer, Christie hopes sharing her story will give others motivation to get involved in sport and turn their dreams into reality.

“At Glasgow 2014 I just remember it being an amazing atmosphere,” she said. “Especially when the Home Nations came on, the crowd just went wild.

“That’s when I knew I really wanted to go to the Commonwealth Games myself. I didn’t really expect eight years later to be in this position.

“It’s been difficult. The selection process wasn’t easy. Even at the start of this year I didn’t know whether it was going to be achievable and that was hard to accept.

“So, when I found out that I’d been selected it was surreal and I think until I get into that village and out onto the competition floor it’s going to be hard to accept that I’ve actually fulfilled this dream.”

This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will compromise of over 250 athletes, and having secured her place on the squad, Christie is looking for medal success.

The Robert Gordon University fourth-year student finally made her breakthrough in 2019, collecting a bronze medal on her British Championship debut before the pandemic put paid to her plans.

But 2022 has seen her return in style, with a triple medal haul at the British Championships and a trip to Israel for the Europeans.

“The European Championships were amazing. I just want to do it all over again. I enjoyed every part of the experience.

“Although I did have a couple of mistakes, I was so proud of how I did.

“It was my major championship debut so I couldn’t really be happier with the performances, and it’s given me a bit more confidence going into the Games.

“At British Champs to come away second overall exceeded my expectations and then also to win the ribbon competitions was amazing.

“The clubs medal was the icing on the cake because I hadn’t been selected for Europeans for clubs.”

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