Jordana, 11, fights off bone infections to rule gymnastics
NOT many adults can say they have battled through bone infections to become the best in their field, but 11-year-old Jordana Madden can.
Jordana was one of six girls from the MyDynamics and Fitkids Club Buderim who travelled to Bendigo in late September to compete at the Aerobic Gymnastics National Championships.
In its three-year history the club had never bagged a gold medal until this year when all six girls earned podium finishes.
Jordana added a gold medal to the club's three gold and three bronze medal tally, making it the most successful outing for the girls.
Jordana took up the sport only 18 months ago and spent eight weeks out of action in the build-up to the nationals after having her bone scraped.
Club owner and trainer Eileen Fowler said Jordana had a work ethic that would put most adults to shame.
"She still came to training (despite the operation) and just did upper body work," she said.
"She doesn't stop at training - she gets in and does all of our strength work without anyone having to push her.
"She does all the acrobatic tumbling in-between routines and she's learning four routines at a time.
Since returning from injury, Jordana is undefeated in all tournaments.
If you're wondering what aerobic gymnastics is, Eileen describes it as "dynamic aerobic dance and acrobatic tumbling combined with dance to upbeat music".
It's similar to cheerleading, but faster and with fewer performers.