Inspirational Ben returns to Pirie

INSPIRATIONAL: Former Pirie gymnast Ben Venus, right, with Ashton Pollard and Tyler Hudson.

INSPIRATIONAL: Former Pirie gymnast Ben Venus, right, with Ashton Pollard and Tyler Hudson.

WITH more experience under his belt, former Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy gymnast Ben Venus returned to his former home to inspire the organisation’s group of athletes.

Now a Level 8-9 gymnast, Ben is part of the Tea Tree Gully club and has already competed as part of the state team.

Returning to Port Pirie, he said he was hoping to do some training and catch up with friends. 

He spoke with The Recorder about his own aspirations as a gymnast and praised the local academy for its influence on him.

“As an athlete I want to keep going as far as I can,” he said. He said he aspired to be a national coach.

While his achievements in the sport have soared to new heights, so has his dedication. He now spends 20 hours a week on gymnastics.

Coach Lee-ann Nayda said they were proud of Ben and his achievements.

“He has been such an inspiration to our young gymnasts,” he said.

“They are waiting for that ultimate gymnastics facility that we’ll be going to.”

“Let’s hope we can breed another Ben Venus.” 

Nayda said Ben’s return to the academy showed a great deal of respect towards them and that she could see him going further than his aspirations – even as high as the Commonwealth and Olympic games.

“Let’s hope he can achieve his goals. He’s got his supporters here,” she said.