South African Gymnast, Shannon Gardiner and Coach Nina Everdosa will be representing South Africa at the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Photo: Sport Lens / Shannon Gardiner (Supplied)
South African Gymnast, Shannon Gardiner and Coach Nina Everdosa will be representing South Africa at the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Photo: Sport Lens / Shannon Gardiner (Supplied)

Shannon Gardiner To Represent SA At 38th World Championships

by | Jul 15, 2021

Senior Olympic Rhythmic Gymnast, Shannon Gardiner has been selected to represent South Africa at the 38th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships.

Gardiner will travel to the World Champs with her life-long mentor and TUKS coach Nina Everdosa.

The FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships is set to take place from 21-31 October in Kitakyushu, Japan.

 

Speaking to gsport, Gardiner said: “When I heard the news that I will be going to the 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, I literally jumped up and down for joy, to say I was happy is an understatement!

“Knowing you achieve one of your biggest goals that you worked so hard towards truly is the most rewarding feeing ever.

Gardiner reached the peak of her career in 2019, after an impressive performance at the Rhythmic World Championships but an injury at the SA Champs that same year paid up her career.

Gardiner reflects fondly on qualifications which saw her achieve her personal best.

“The qualifications went extremely well for me as I reached personal best and I was ecstatic with my marks as World prestigious events in Rhythmic Gymnastics and especially this year’s one, as the qualification standards have changed drastically and one from South Africa can go.”

This is Gardiner’s third World Championship to date and she admits being able to represent South Africa, at this competition is an honour and privilege, knowing it will help her gain even more experience for her next goal, the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“I am training exceptionally hard even during these uncertain times for the World Championships 2021 in Japan as it’s difficult with Covid 19 increasing in South Africa and world over with the regulations getting stricter but I don’t let it prevent me from my feel-good training. “I’m actually more determined to stay positive and see to my cup overflowing with health and energy rather than half empty.”

Despite all the hiccups Gardiner has faced, she continues to share her goals with us.

“My goal at the World Championship 2021 is to compete with high spirits realising we can rise above all problems we face and do it for my country, God and myself!

“Sweat, tears and hard work does pay off eventually. The only hurdle must overcome presently is funding but I am doing Rhythmic Gymnastics masterclasses and training younger gymnasts next month.”

“Thank you to my coach Nina Ervedosa whom I’ve trained with since I was six-years-old and to TUKS Gymnastics. I WILL DO THIS!” she concluded.

 

Photo 1 Caption: South African Gymnast, Shannon Gardiner and Coach Nina Everdosa will be representing South Africa at the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Photos: Sport Lens / Shannon Gardiner (Supplied)

 

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