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New Zealand's Sullivan Celebrates Success, College Scholarship
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International Gymnast Online kicks off its annual tradition of holiday-themed features on gymnasts from around the world who reflect on the current year and forecast the coming year. First up is New Zealand's Charlotte Sullivan, who earlier this year earned her country's first FIG World Challenge Cup medal.

International Gymnast Online kicks off its annual tradition of holiday-themed features on gymnasts from around the world who reflect on the current year and forecast the coming year. First up is New Zealand's Charlotte Sullivan, who earlier this year earned her country's first FIG World Challenge Cup medal.

"The most memorable moments for me in 2015 would have to be winning a bronze medal on beam at the World Cup in Anadia, Portugal, and also receiving a full-ride gymnastics scholarship to the University of Iowa,” Sullivan said.

Born May 31, 1998, Sullivan has enjoyed success at the junior and senior international levels. She placed seventh all-around at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games on Isle of Man, and ninth all-around in the junior division at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Washington.

Last year Sullivan was fifth on floor exercise at the World Challenge Cup of Doha, Qatar, and 11th all-around in the senior division at the Pacific Rim championships in Richmond, British Columbia.

Sullivan competed at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China, and this fall's worlds in Glasgow, where the New Zealand women earned one spot for the Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro in April.

Teammate Courtney McGregor has been designated as the New Zealand's female participant at the test event, which will serve as the second and final qualification competition for next summer's Olympic Games in Rio.

Sullivan, who is New Zealand's reserve gymnast for the test event, said she is eager to begin the next phase of her career at the University of Iowa.

"My goal for 2016 is to continue to improve my gymnastics and clean up all my skills for college,” said Sullivan, who trains under coaches Amanda Johanson and Toby Levine at Christchurch School of Gymnastics.

For the time being, however, Sullivan looks forward to a warm holiday week.

"I will spend Christmas and New Year's at home,” she told IG. "Each year we spend Christmas Day with my whole family. This year we are having it at our house. Hopefully it will be a nice, sunny day so we can go swimming.”

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