15 December 2014
SA’s Chris Remkes was the highest ranked Australian at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China, 3–12 October.
The sole South Australian in the Australian Men’s Team, Remkes returned as the highest performing Australian on Floor, ranked a more than respectable 107 out of 252 competitors, and placed 147 on the Vault.
The Nanning World Championships was going to be a steep learning curve for Remkes - just making the team and competing against the world’s best was always the first objective.
"I was speechless; no words could describe how I felt about making the team. What I looked forward to most was competing against the top gymnasts from around the world. And to soak up as much experience as possible which came along with the trip,” Remkes said.
Remke’s rise shows that experience is more important than results in the early stages of a professional career.
He started gymnastics at the tender age of five and has been a member of the Gymnastics SA High Performance Program (Gym-JETS) since 2008. He quickly made his way through the junior ranks and was crowned 2014 Australian Vault Champion.
Becoming the best at your chosen sport is the ultimate for any athlete, but what sets Remke apart is how he embraces the team, mateship and camaraderie above all else.
“My biggest inspiration is the teammates I train with. They have showed me the ups and down, as well as me experiencing them myself.
“There is a lot of encouragement and support within our squad, this I feel is why I love this sport a lot. I struggle with self-motivation, so without my teammates I wouldn't be where I am today and I am very thankful for that." Remkes said.
It is easy to forget Remkes is still a teenager, and just completed his year 12 studies at Hamilton Secondary College. The gymnastics and sporting world will hear the name Chris Remkes for many years to come.