"I want to be the best. It makes me feel good when I am
achieving something. If you do not do all the work you would
never get the feeling. When you achieve something, it gives you
a boost to your self-esteem."
She has improved in style and presentation over the
last few years, and has ditched a conservative bun
for a trendy ponytail a la Elena Vitrichenko. One of
the more expressive members of the Australian
team, her dynamic routines are occasionally
marred by inconsistencies in her execution.
Johnston uses her supple lower back to her
advantage during arches and acrobatic elements,
and has recently been seen performing a rare
single pivot in a back flexion position.
Johnston is now already into her third year of senior
competition and is set on competing in the 2000
Olympics in Sydney. She performed well in 1997,
placing 5th overall at the Four-Continents
Championships and representing Australia at the
1997 World Championships in Germany. In 1998
she won three individual medals at the 1998
Commonwealth Games, showing us how this
talented athlete is gradually developing into one of
Australia's most promising rhythmic gymnasts.