Now in the second year of the BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Sport and Exercise degree, Alida will be heading out to Japan on 24 October to take part in the 38th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, which are being hosted in the city of Kitakyushu between 27-31 October.
Alida was born in Latvia, but came to UK when she was six. She began gymnastics training a year later, and trained in London for the next ten years before moving to Shoreham to begin working with a new coach there. She was then awarded a sport scholarships to come to study at Brighton.
Speaking about the incredible demands of her sport, Alida said: “Rhythmic Gymnastics is a very complex sport as it involves many physical and technical skills. We have to be physically fit with strength and flexibility in our muscles, as well as having high muscular and cardiovascular endurance. We have to have very good co-ordination and apparatus handling, and technical skills with the body which comes from practising ballet.