The NZ team consists of just one person - 15-year-old Stella Ebert.
Gold Coast 2018 will not only be Ebert’s first Commonwealth Games, but her first senior international competition. Ebert’s hometown is Auckland, where she trains at Xtreme Rhythmix under coaches Marnie Sterner and Erica Thorby.
The past two years saw Ebert take first place overall in all of her domestic competitions - including as a junior in senior competitions last year - eighth place at the Pacific Rim Championships (USA) and Emeralds Cup (Greece), and three bronze medals at the Junior Commonwealth Championships.
Ebert is the current national rhythmic gymnastics champion. When she is not training or competing, she enjoys photography, baking healthy snacks and watching her favourite YouTubers.
If Ebert can claim an unlikely medal in Australia, she won’t be New Zealand’s first rhythmic gymnast to stand on the dais. Angela Walker scored a gold in the women’s rope competition at Auckland 1990, in front of her home crowd.
Amazingly, Ebert won’t score the record as our youngest medallist either. Fourteen-year-old artistic gymnast Nikki Jenkins also won gold at Auckland, shocking not only the country, but herself in winning the women’s vault competition.