Interview with Brennon Dowrick: Olympic Gymnast
Q. Do you enjoy your sport?
A. I enjoy gymnastics most of the time. Sometimes it is very frustrating
Q. What inspired/made you choose to do it?
A. As a young child I found it to be the most challenging of sports.
Q. What sport do you enjoy watching?
A. Most sports - especially formula 1 racing.
Q. When did you begin you sport?
A. At age 7. Started at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) at age 12.
Q. Who do you most admire?
A. Gold medal winning gymnasts and Greg Norman - I love Golf.
Q. What impact has your training and devotion to sport had on your family?
A. My family has to be very supportive of training and it is difficult for
my wife when I have to travel as she has two young children to look after
Q. Have you had any setbacks in your sporting career?
A. Lots of injuries!
Q. What are some obstacles that could arise?
A. Injuries and lack of dedication and determination to succeed.
Q. How much training and effort does it take to get to Olympic standards?
A. About 12 years of 6 days a week training - and that is just the start!
Q. Are there any sacrifices that must be made in order to become a successful athlete?
A. Social time with friends, family, limited holidays, no big nights out
- but it is worth it.
Q. Do you think that the Olympics still hold their tradition values, etc, today?
A. Yes - gymnastics is not a sport with a lot of drug use. The Olympic
Games are the pinnacle for athletes.
Q. Do you think that the 2000 Olympic Games will be a success?
A. Definitely - a once in a lifetime event.
Q. What would be the typical day of an athlete at the Olympic Games?
A. Breakfast, light training, rest and the competition followed by drug testing!