Champion jump started her career at one

CASSIDY Ercole started jumping on the trampoline when she was only one, finding the rhythm at a young age to become a top gymnast.

The Wakeley girl recently won the 2013 Gymnastics NSW Junior athlete of the year award.

Her mother, Amanda, said her daughter was devoted to her sport.

"You have to love what you do and Cassidy loves her gymnastics," Amanda Benson said.

Cassidy, 12, who is in year 8 at Westfields Sports High School, trains before and after school.

"I train 33 hours a week," Cassidy said.

"I get out of bed at 5.50am and train before school, then I go to my classes and I am back after school and then finish training at 6.30pm."

She said she thrived on the hard work and effort required to be a good gymnast.

"I like my gymnastics and it's the only sport I do," Cassidy said.

"I enjoy the discipline and all the routines in gymnastics."

But Cassidy doesn't have far to go for her gymnastics training and schooling.

The Sydney West Gym Sports facilities are on the Westfields Sports High School grounds. The gymnasium is owned by Belinda Vine and is run independently from the school's sporting programs.

Cassidy is coached by former Ukranian Olympic gymnastics coach Viktor Lutayenko, his wife, Nina, and their daughter Mariia.

Mariia Lutayenko said Cassidy was talented.

"To be a good gymnast you must have discipline," she said.

"Cassidy puts in the hard work."

Cassidy, who has won many state and national titles in her age group, often still jumps on the trampoline at home just for fun.

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