BYT: Maia Fisher
PUBLISHED: 16:49 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:49 24 July 2017
Super bendy Maia Fisher of North Chingford on being a champion gymnast
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Maia Fisher, I’m 10 years old and I’m in Year 5 at Bancroft’s School in Woodford Green. I enjoy all sports, including netball and hockey, but gymnastics is my main passion and I train at two different clubs; Flipstars at East London Gymnastics Centre and Casablanca Gymnastics in Loughton.
Where do you live and what do you like about it?
I live in North Chingford and I love it here as we have the Golf Course at the end of our road. I love going there to practice my backflips and aerials. I also enjoy walking up to Butlers Retreat to climb the big trees and then have an ice lolly!
Tell us about your family
I love being with my family. There’s my mum, dad, older sister Amber, and my dog Oscar. My sister goes to the same school as me but is two years older. My mum’s from Yorkshire but my dad grew up round here and so most of my dad’s family live quite close to us.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you over the past year?
I’ve had quite a few competitions this year, one of which was the British Gymnastics Eastern Regions Competition, in which I won first place for tumbling. But they made a mistake with the scores, so I only found out after we’d left the competition. Because I’d missed out on my podium place, my school took me to the Olympic Stadium and let me stand on the podium and wear a real Olympic medal. That was pretty amazing! But what I’m most looking forward to later this year is performing at Disneyland Paris with my Casablanca squad, where we will be part of the Sunday parade.
Who are your biggest influences?
For gymnastics, I enjoy watching Amy Tinkler’s floor routines and I am a big admirer of Becky and Ellie Downie too. I also love watching Maddie Ziegler dance and am always so inspired by her routines.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I’d like to be playing a sport at county level, whether that’s hockey, netball or gymnastics. My big dream is to be in the Olympics.
How do you relax?
When I get home from school, I go into our front room and put some music on, to dance and practice. I love watching Dance Moms; as the dancers on that show are amazing.
What makes you smile?
My dog Oscar always makes me smile and so do my friends. I have really good friends who make me laugh a lot.
What is your worst habit?
Cracking and clicking my bones and joints. I’m double jointed (hypermobile) so I always need to crack different bits of me. My mum absolutely hates it as she says it makes her stomach turn.
What music motivates you?
Pop and chart music is my favourite type of music as I find it the best to dance to.
Do you have a claim to fame?
My mum has a copy of a very old family tree, which shows that we are related to a former Lord Mayor of London called John Wilkes, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London in the 1750s. There’s a big statue of him in London