Egypt’s Rythmic Gymnastics Champ
Sara Rostom, a Rising Star
- Tell us a little about yourself
I’m 18 years old, I go to Girard School, and it’s my last year of high school. I started rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 5, which is a little late because normally people are supposed to start at 4. I train 6 times a week, 4 hours a day. I personally play with 4 instruments, the ball, the rope, the ribbon and the clubs. I started at Alexandria Sporting club, and then at the age of 12 I started going to “el montakhab”. I’m also the oldest individual player in Egypt.
- What are the achievements you’re most proud of?
I’m currently 1st in the national championship, and 1st in Alexandria as well. I was ranked 2nd of Africa, during the 13th African Championship. In the world championship in Izmir in 2014, I was ranked 33rd. I’ve been 1st place in the national competitions for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
- What is your inspiration and what pushes you to continue?
What motivates me the most are the good achievements I’ve made. I’m also known for having a great flexibility, which is always an advantage. Everyone has a goal, and mine is to reach the Rio Olympics in 2016. To get to Rio, I have to be the 1st of Africa, which is currently my main goal.
- What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My future is not entirely based on rhythmic gymnastics. I plan to go to college and have a career of course, but I will never stop my passion. I will keep it besides college or work. As for my professional future I’m still very indecisive. In 10 years, I see myself as a judge in gymnastics, working and also training rhythmic gymnastics.
- When was your hardest moment?
A few months ago, I left for Russia for a month. It was so hard keeping track of school, managing training and studying. I haven’t been going to school for the past three years and I take private lessons as I used to have “el montakhab” trainings at 8 am every day. Even if managing my time was hard, nothing ever stopped me from training.
- How does it feel to train with and by your sisters?
We are 3 girls, and the 3 of us are rhythmic gymnastics players. My older sister, started, and when our parents saw she was successful they pushed my younger sister and me to join her. In Alexandria Sporting Club, my older sister is my trainer, and my little sister, who’s 6 years younger, just started last year at “el montakhab”. My older sister is now an Olympic judge. She was a member of the jury when I played during the 12th African championship. We also played against each other, it was hard to have a competition between two sisters, and there is a 3 years gap between us.
- Tell us about rhythmic gymnastics in General
First of all the dress code depends on the choreography or the dance. We go to camp to prepare the routines, for 2 or 3 weeks. I went to Russia 7 times for different camps. During training we invent the choreography and in camps they arrange, change or fix it. For now, my sister produces my routine. My favorite routine is the one with the ribbon. The judge decides based on various aspects, for example if my feet are perfectly elevated, or if the steps are exactly synchronized with the music, or if the choreography ends in the right time.