What started out as a bit of fun jumping on the bed, has turned into Kye Costa becoming the youngest member of the Gymnastics NSW team for the upcoming 2019 Australian Championships.
The West Hoxton resident, who trains 20-hours a week at the Gymnastics NSW High Performance Centre in Rooty Hill, is not your typical nine-year-old. For one, there is his dedication to his sport which saw him win gold in both Individual Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline at last year's National Clubs Carnival. He also won a bronze and a gold medal in the same events at the Senior State Championships in April. No mean feat when you consider he had to learn six new routines in six weeks to be eligible to qualify.
But for every jump and flip the Hoxton Park Public School pupil does in preparation for his first NSW appearance, he knows all to well about the twists and turns of real life.
His 11-year-old old brother Noah has been diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, which is recognised as one of the rarest forms of cancer.
Kye has fundraised for Camp Quality and Fibrolamellar Cancer Council through his Go4Gold Campaign to raise awareness for children and families living with Cancer.
"Cancer does not rule ones life. I want to continue to strive and turn a traumatic experience into a positive everyday by living and most importantly never ever giving up," Kye said.