The 16-year-old Victorian, affectionately known as Sasha, has just started her senior international career which has seen her make her Commonwealth Games debut, winning two bronze medals in the team and ball, World Cup debuts and claiming the All-Around Australian Title at the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

"Now that I get to exhale from it all and I think all these results are starting to sink in," Kiroi-Bogatyreva said.

"I feel very energised and feeling satisfied with my performances overall.

"I am very excited about the beginning of my Senior International career and can't wait to see what my coach has got planned for me," she said.

But the journey started almost 13 years ago when she was three and found the sport of rhythmic gymnastics in a unique way.

When was little her mother had her try various activities so at the age of three, her parents sent me to kinder gym and dance classes, but that was not what they were looking for.

So Kiroi-Bogatyreva ended up at The Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics Specialist Centre in Windsor, Melbourne's south, and have ever looked back.

She now has her eyes on making her Olympic debut at Tokyo in 2020.

 

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"I certainly have it as my goals and this year's results is my first step toward the Olympics," she said.

There are 26 places for Rhythmic Gymnastics competition in Tokyo and the competition for places is not only physically tough but mentally too but qualification has changed from Rio, which overhauled the issues involved with the process previously.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games teammate, Danielle Prince was the 2016 Australian representative in Rio.

Being a gymnast means being able to have a great balance especially being a teenager but Kiroi-Bogatyreva has a fantastic support system behind her to be able to juggle VCE Year 11, training and competition and a social life.