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Annabelle Kovacs just leaped into life at Sauder as a new BCom, but this week she’s balancing business with sport representing Canada at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Turkey.

The gold medallist joined Sauder in September, fresh off of taking top honours at The Commonwealth Games with her team in Glasgow in July.  The 18-year-old has been working around the clock to get ahead in classes while training five times a week preparing for the Worlds, which began on September 21 in Izmir, Turkey.

She says her main goal in the competition is to deliver a performance that does justice to all the hard work she’s put into training. “I want it to be a routine I’m proud of, that’s full of confidence, passion and expression,” Kovacs says.

Once she’s back from the Worlds, the Vancouverite says she’ll have some catching up to do at Sauder, but is keen to do it, as she says school has always been a high priority alongside her gymnastics.

She’ll be taking a much-needed break from sport after a gruelling season of international competition, as she shifts her focus to the university workload. Kovacs says she’s eager to take on new challenges in what she calls an uplifting and welcoming academic environment.

“I can’t wait to see what my future holds for me at Sauder,” she says.