When Paris Boyce-Bacon steps on stage to compete, she knows the next minute-and-a-half will be exhausting.
She smiles and puts in as much energy as possible into her aerobic gymnastics routine, mental toughness equally important as physical strength.
She has been collecting national and regional accolades since she began nearly two years ago, including second overall in both the solo and team format at the New Zealand National Aerobics Championships.
She also placed first overall in the Auckland, Tauranga and Taranaki Aerobics Championships as well as the College Sport Auckland Aerobics Championships.
Her success in her sport led to her winning the 16 Sportswoman of the Year title at the Counties Manukau Sport Franklin Junior Sports Awards and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, which she said was a thrilling achievement.
“I was very surprised, because the calibre of the kids in the younger categories had been amazing. To hear that I had won, it was very amazing and I was very proud I could represent Rosehill College at the awards.
“It’s all the hard work I’ve put in through the years has paid off, I’ve had great support from Rosehill and my parents.”