Lakes Grammar – Edan takes Gold

Edan Shorten knows what it takes to face big challenges.

Edan leap on beamYou see, Edan lives with anaphylaxis to eggs, dairy products, tree nuts and peanuts. Even trace amounts of these foods can threaten her life. This condition, however, does not slow her down or stop her from being a champion. This Year 6 student from Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School, loves gymnastics and has become very good. “State champion” good in fact.

During the Easter school holidays, Edan competed at the NSW Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Championships in Level 7, Division 1, in the National stream of competition. Apart from achieving a personal best during the meet, Edan finished 6th on Vault, 4th on Floor, 2nd on Beam and 1st on Uneven Bars. Her combined overall score across the two days gained her 1st place overall and selection in the NSW WAG team to compete at the National Championships in May. Edan said, “Feel how heavy my gold medal is, it’s just like one from the Olympics”.

Coincidentally this year, the National Gymnastics Championships are held the same week as Food Allergy Week (May 17-23), an awareness initiative of Anaphylaxis Australia. The symbol for raising food allergy awareness is to paint one fingernail, but as a gymnast, Edan is not allowed to wear any fingernail polish during competitions.

The painted fingernail represents the one in 10 children who will develop a food allergy in Australia. As a caring community Lakes Grammar – An Anglican School are going to encourage their Junior School students to paint one of their fingernails blue in support of Edan as she represents NSW and to remind us all to care for those with food allergies.