‘Hard road’ to return


Almost a year after having surgery on her ankle, Rebecca Fisher will represent New Zealand at a world aerobics competition.

Fisher tore lateral ligaments in her ankle in June last year, had surgery in November and spent the following four weeks in a cast.

To make matters worse, the injury happened a week before trials for a world championship event.

“All that hard work just spiralled away,” Fisher said.

Determined to return to aerobics – and, hopefully, better than ever – she spent months working on mending her ankle and was recently selected to represent New Zealand at the Sport Aerobic and Fitness World Championships.

For many, a serious injury would be career-ending, but Fisher did not let it stop her from achieving her goals.

It had been a “hard road” getting back into aerobics and her ankle was still not completely back to normal.

“[It is] still quite weak, but it does not stop me from doing anything,” she said.

Fisher has a background in gymnastics – she competed for 10 years – which she credited as being the backbone of her success in aerobics.

Despite taking a three-year break between sports, gymnastics “definitely” helped with the transition to aerobics, especially performing jumps, she said.

When she is not competing or training, Fisher teaches aerobics classes in Northeast Valley.

Fellow aerobics athlete Jade Fielding was also selected to represent New Zealand.

The pair had to submit a two-minute video each of their routine and were judged on their skill level and potential.

The Sport Aerobic and Fitness World Championships will be held in the Netherlands in October.

To give to Fisher’s Givealittle page, go online to https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/rebeccafisher.