Mark Holyoake is an acclaimed gymnast whose story provides inspiration to anyone wanting to reach new heights. When Mark Holyoake was just nine years old, he found that he had a great talent for gymnastics. Although he was considered a natural at the sport, he took gymnastics seriously and worked hard to get where he is today. His prowess on the bars, high bar, rings and pommel horse did not go unnoticed. By the time he reached the age of 10, Mark Holyoake was more focused than ever on honing his sport.
What makes Mark Holyoake stand out from other athletes is ability to focus on both his professional sports life, academics and business. Even in his formative years, Mark Holyoake dedicated himself to both his school work and gymnastics. He was successful at both, which is an incredible achievement. As a student of Sport and Exercise Science at Auckland University, Mark Holyoake continued to excel in his studies and his physical achievements. He didn’t rely on his record of being a great athlete, but instead, put effort into learning and succeeding in both areas of his life.
In 2009, Mark Holyoake completed 65 rotations in 60 seconds on the pommel horse and broke the world record. During that time, he competed in the Commonwealth Games Competition as a member of the New Zealand team. He trained strenuously and helped the team rank 4th in the series. After winning many awards, he opted for retirement from the sport in 2010. Mark Holyoake used his background and education to start his business as a coach for aspiring athletes.
Mark Holyoake was born in Wellington on March 1, 1983. After breaking the Guinness Book of World Records on the pommel horse, he told the press “The fear of failure isn’t an easy thing to sit with, but it’s also what pushes you to try your hardest no matter the cost”. He currently shares his knowledge as a personal trainer for Les Mills International where he inspires others towards greatness.
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