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Paris Chin - representing NZ in Rhythmic Gymnastics

Tracy Taylor —

Paris Chin 13PZS is currently competing overseas with the NZ Rhythmic Gymnastics team.

It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions for Paris regarding this year's tour. Paris' departure was delayed three times due to a number of issues. Initially in January it was a lack of MIQ spots and the uncertainity of being unable to return to NZ, then in early February it was Russian visa issues and the overseas omicron covid surge. Then as she was preparing to travel on the 2nd of March, the Russian borders were compromised in late February due to the Ukraine conflict.

Paris' tour changed from a three month stay, originally based in Russia to train and compete, to a shorter one month tour that totally excludes Russia, and now she is concentrating on competing with no intense training. Every time she had organised a new tour schedule and rebooked tickets, she came up against another hurdle. Paris has missed competing in Moscow, Estonia and Poland due to safety and border concerns. And now, the World Cup event in Pesaro, Italy, 01-03 April, has been postponed until June 2022 and Gymsport NZ has cancelled this Italian event for Paris as the date is now too late in the year for her to attend.

However, after all this, Paris finally departed NZ for Greece and has attended the following events:

Aphrodite Cup, Athens Greece 11-13 March

World Cup, Athens Greece 18-20 March

Grande Prix Marbella, Spain 25-27 March

FIG Sofia Cup Tournament, Bulgaria 1-3 April

Last week, Gymsport NZ granted permission for Paris and her coach to extend their tour by another week to allow Paris to enter one more competition in Bulgaria before returning home. This will allow Paris to make absolute full use of her time on the international circuit.

Paris is now due to return home 13 April and we wish her well with her last competition and a safe trip home!