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Maria (Rie) Jansen

Maria (Rie) Jansen

92, Coroneagh Park

Rie started gymnastics when she was just 6 years old all the way through to 25 years old and was asked to perform in England.

“Once a year we all got together with other gymnastic schools in a paddock and we all did the same exercise together. We all had ribbons and it looked like a red, white and blue flag. My boyfriend wasn’t into gymnastics but I kept going and wasn’t going to stop because of him and even when I married him, still kept it going. My mother said I had to marry my boyfriend before going to Australia. I was asked to go to England to perform but didn’t because I got married and went to Australia. I was looking forward to it but it wasn’t to be.”