Tanja’s Indigo Conroy takes gold at National Gymnastics Championships

Elka Wood 18 June 2019
Performing at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne on 3rd June. Photo: supplied

Indigo Conroy, left, Naomi Gibson and Ella Treanor performing at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne on 3rd June. Photo: WinkiPOP Media.

What do you do when you’ve sent one of your teammates flying into the air and when you look up, instead of flying gracefully through the air, she is tumbling towards your face like a sack of potatoes? Do you try to catch her or get out of her way?

According to up and coming acrobatic gymnast Indigo Conroy, 18, you try and catch her, even if it means getting hurt yourself.

Originally from Tanja in the Bega Valley, Indigo is now based in Oak Flats and together with her teammates Ella Treanor, 16 and Naomi Gibson, 13, she has just won gold at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.

Indigo laughs and says that the trio has had “some bad stacks” along the road to gold.

“You have to try to catch whoever is falling, otherwise they could really hurt themselves, you just do whatever you can do to break their fall.”

Amazingly, since she began training at Eden Area Gymnastics in Pambula at 11 years of age,  Indigo hasn’t suffered any broken bones or major injuries, “just the odd bruise”.

'Top' Naomi Gibson takes flight while Indigo and Ella wait to help bring her down. Photo: Facebook.

‘Top’ Naomi Gibson takes flight while Ella Treanor [left] and Indigo Conroy wait to help bring her down. Photo: WinkiPOP Media.

Gymnastics trainer Ben Moroney, of Pambula, met Indigo when she first started and still travels to Oak Flats every Wednesday to work with her and other budding young gymnasts.

Ben is nearly 70, has been training gymnasts for 30 years and reckons he can pick the kids who will compete at a national or international level when they first begin training.

“You see it right away. You give them something to go for and you see it in their attitude, they have to have the brains, it doesn’t matter about the body if the brain wants it.”

It was Ben who suggested that Indigo try Acrobatic-Gymnastics, which is always performed in teams of two or three and is based entirely on the floor instead of using the beam seen in traditional gymnastics.

Setting her sights on competing at higher levels meant Indigo needed a more rigorous training schedule and more options for teammates than Eden Area Gymnastics could offer so, at the age of 16, with her families support, she relocated to Oak Flats near Wollongong to train with the Oak Flats Albion Park Kiama Gymnastics & Acrobatics Club.  

A golden moment for Ella, Naomi and Indigo. Photo: Facebook.

Tired but happy: a golden moment for Ella, Naomi, and Indigo at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships. Photo: WinkiPOP Media.

The Oak Flats club is the best in Australia, according to Ben and won gold in five categories at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships.

“They consistently win more gold than any other club in Australia and the best part is that they train out of an old cowshed at the Albion Park showground. Once a year they have to pull all the training equipment out so they can have the chicken show there.”

Ben says he gets as much of a kick out of the kid’s success as they do and that his goal is to “get kids off the street and make sure they are too tired to make trouble.”

With four hours of training every afternoon and a five-hour session on Saturdays, Indigo is definitely tired but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Performing at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne on 3rd June. Photo: supplied.

Performing at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.  Photo: WinkiPOP Media.

“It’s a hard sport but it teaches you about life – that hard work pays off,” she says “I love achieving and competing and traveling with the whole team.”

The trio now has their sites set on the World Championships, to be held in Switzerland in May 2020.

And after that? Indigo is also completing an online course to become a personal trainer and plans to pass on what she has learned about physical conditioning to others.

“It’s amazing what the body can do,” she says passionately before heading off to yet another training, eyes firmly on her goal.

What's Your Opinion?

19 Responses to Tanja’s Indigo Conroy takes gold at National Gymnastics Championships

Carmen Falvey Carmen Falvey 2:51 pm 19 Jun 19

👏👏👏👏 Congratulations Indigo!

Nienke Haantjens 1:04 pm 19 Jun 19

interesting article. thank you Elka

Motria von Schreiber Motria von Schreiber 9:49 pm 18 Jun 19

great inspiring story - thanks About Regional for highlighting our amazing Indigo.

Isaac Van Haeff Isaac Van Haeff 8:20 pm 18 Jun 19

That’s so awesome........Congratulations Indigo! What an achievement you certainly are amazing 😊

Jo-Anne Jones Jo-Anne Jones 8:18 pm 18 Jun 19


Gail Hayes Gail Hayes 7:35 pm 18 Jun 19

Congratulations Indigo fantastic

Jane Gordon Jane Gordon 1:39 pm 18 Jun 19

Go Indigo! Excellent news. Congratulations to all of you 💫

Marianna Yp Marianna Yp 12:45 pm 18 Jun 19

Amazing physical strength and mental determination. Congratulations Indigo!

Well done also your parents who prioritized and sacrificed to facilitate these amazing achievements.

Honorbread Honorbread 12:12 pm 18 Jun 19

That is so cool. 👍 well done Indigo.

Maria Roncelli Maria Roncelli 8:56 am 18 Jun 19

Congratulations girls well done 👍🏼👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼💕💕

Jo Barron Shah Jo Barron Shah 8:54 am 18 Jun 19

Amazing, well done 🤩

Ally J Jones Ally J Jones 8:43 am 18 Jun 19

Congratulations Indigo & yr team such dedication.

Jennifer Buckett Jennifer Buckett 8:37 am 18 Jun 19

Congratulations. Wonderful achievement. 🌈🦋💕

Brooke Wood Brooke Wood 8:27 am 18 Jun 19

That's fantastic. Congratulations Indigo!

Mike Long Mike Long 7:41 am 18 Jun 19

Well done team, thanks for flying the flag high for the community.

Bronwyn Wright Bronwyn Wright 7:41 am 18 Jun 19

Absolutely Amazing. WoW!

Determination, hard work and great expression of energy and joy. Those delightful smiling faces.

GREAT photos!!

Thanks for posting.

Wendy Elliott Wendy Elliott 7:36 am 18 Jun 19

Congratulations. A great result for all the hard work.