Hollie Dykes


Hollie Dykes began gymnastics at the age of 4 at the Gold Coast Gymnastics Club in Queensland, before being talent scouted and moving to the Australian Institute of Sport at the age of 7. Identified by Head Coach at the time, Ju Ping Tain, she received a scholarship a short time after relocating to Canberra.

Moving up through the development system, she quickly made a name for herself in Australia, by finishing not only on the All-Around podium for 3 consecutive years (2003-2005) at Australian Championships, but also winning medals on every apparatus for those 4 years. Super impressive, gorgeous lines, and perfectly pointed toes and straight knees, she executed her skills with ease and was a joy to watch. 

Plagued by injury in her first year at the senior level, Hollie made the 2006 Commonwealth Games team where she had her breakout international performance. She won a gold medal with the team, as well as a bronze in the All-Around, however the competition did not go as planned, she had numerous uncharacteristic mistakes, counting a fall on each of the 4 apparatus'. Regardless of the large mistakes, she impressed the world with her beautiful execution. 

Hollie was the first to score a 16.000 in the "new code" of points, when she did a near perfect routine on beam at the 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships in Hawaii; she was regarded as one of the best beam workers in the world heading into the World Championships later that year. 

Once again, the World Championships in Denmark (2006) were full of mixed results for Hollie. While the team finished an increidble 6th place, and in the All-Around compeition she did 4 clean routines, to end up in 6th place. However, she unfortunately fell on Beam in qualifications which kept her out of what would have been a finals berth.She returned to the World Championships the following year (2007) this time in Germany, she helped the team qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games, but sadly fell on Beam again, and missed the finals.

Following the 2007 World Championships, Hollie Dykes sadly announced her retirement from the sport just 8 months before the 2008 Olympic Games. Hollie will always be remembered for her beautiful gymnastics and an incredible career. 


Birthplace:  Gold Coast, QLD
Occupation:  Real estate administration assistant
Nickname:  Hol
Sporting motto:  Great opportunities come to those who make the most of the small ones
Most admired sportsperson:  Roger Federer
Favourite sports team:  Brisbane Broncos (NRL)
Favourite music:  Alternative/Rock
Favourite movie:  So many I can't choose!..Any psychological thriller


Age began gymnastics and reason for starting:  4 and a half -Mum took me for fun
First Club:  Gold Coast Gymnastics Club
First Coach:  Shu and Lee
Current Club:  Australian Institute of Sport
Current Coach:  Ju Ping Tain
Best apparatus:  Beam
Favourite skill:  Onodi on Beam
Most difficult skill to learn:  Jaeger on Bars


Best National Performance:  2005 National Championships
Best International Performance:  2006 World Championships -6th AA
Best Gymnastics Moment:  2006 Commonwealth Games team gold - standing on the podium with all of my teammates!


Year Jun/Snr
2007  Senior  3rd  5th =7th  7th  2nd 10th 
2006   Senior - did not compete   -
2005   Junior  - 2nd  =1st  1st  1st 
2004  International 10 2nd  2nd  1st  2nd  1st 
2003   Junior National 3rd  3rd  1st  2nd 
2002   Junior National


Year Event
2007  World Championships, GER  11th 155th  52nd  44th  30th 
2007  Australia v China, AUS 1st 
2007  DTB Pokal World Cup, GER  -  -  - 6th  1st 
2006  World Championships, DEN  6th 7th  46th  17th  27th  23rd 
2006  Shanghai World Cup, CHN  - 5th  4th 
2006  Pacific Alliance, USA 2nd  3rd  4th  5th 
2006  Commonwealth Games, AUS  1st  3rd 2nd  1st 
2005  International Challenge, AUS  1st 1st  4th  2nd  2nd 
2005  Australian Youth Olympic Festival, AUS  2nd 2nd  4th  3rd  3rd 


Commonwealth Games:  2006
World Championships:  2006, 2007
Olympic Games:  -