25 October 2021
WA Sporting Hall of Champions: Gymnasts Lauren Mitchell to be Inducted After Incredible Career
Gymnastics great and the only Australian to win a world title in the sport, Lauren Mitchell will be inducted in to the WA Hall of Champions on November 1. She recently spoke with Steve Butler from The West Australian to reflect on her career.
Lauren recently received a call from the Hall of Champions selection committee chairman David Hatt, who announced she was to be inducted.
"It blew my mind because I was just returning a missed call to a random number", Lauren told the West Australian.
"It was a very cool honour and when I first got told, mum asked me if I could still do the splits. It probably took me about half an hour to warm up and I just got them for like a second."
Lauren has been a leader in gymnastics ever since she became an Australian Champion on the balance beam in 2007 and from then on, Lauren represented her country in numerous World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games. At the young age of 16, Lauren felt like she really did belong at the elite level and continued to excel in the sport, one competition at a time.
Then in 2010, Mitchell smashed Australian gymnastics history - winning four gold medals at the Dehli Commonwealth Games, becoming the first Australian to win a World Gymnastics Championships gold medal and became Australia's first gymnast to win three gold medals at a World Cup event. It was an absolute stellar performance in 2010, really raising the bar for Australian gymnastics on the world's stage.
Her love of the sport developed at a young age and continued to develop, telling the West Australian "the feeling of being in complete control of something and in complete control of your body. Knowing, when you throw yourself up in the air, where you are in space and being able to complete this amazing skill and land it. You can't replicate that adrenaline rush."
The Gymnastics WA community would like to congratulate Lauren Mitchell on yet another incredible achievement. We are incredibly proud of Lauren and her long list of achievements both as a champion athlete and a West Australian.