THE Little family in Busselton will be donning their green and gold in support of 18-year-old Olympic gymnast Emily Little.
The family are hoping the whole town will get behind their star and cheer her on when she steps on to the world stage.
According to Roy Little, Emily’s older brother, the lithe Olympian has been training for this moment since she was six.
“The first time she joined gymnastics, when she was five, she seemed to have a grasp on it, while the other kids were trying to do cartwheels Emily was back-flipping.
“We have a few Olympics parties planned and we have a Foxtel box ordered and on the way so we can watch her live.
“Mum and Dad are heading over to London, and we have other family coming down from Perth to all get together and watch Emily on TV.”
Matilda Little, Roy’s daughter is five and just fitting into one of Emily’s early competition leotards.
Clara, Roy’s wife, says the kids are excited about seeing Aunty Emily on TV.
“We were in the supermarket the other day and Matilda was reading a Women’s Weekly because Emily was in it, I think a few people thought she was a bit young to be reading it.
“Matilda seems to be more interested in ballet at the moment and there’s no gymnastics school in Busselton.
“The gymnastics will be on around 11pm our time, so Matilda and our son Harry will have a sleep, then get up to watch the Olympics, it’s a pretty exciting time and something they shouldn’t miss.”
The Little’s are hoping Busselton will get behind their family star.
“In Australia gymnastics isn’t a big sport, and the athletes aren’t always household names, but they train hard and deserve the recognition too,” Roy said.
“Every bit of support from home helps, and they have a strong team, so it should be a good event to watch.”
The Opening Ceremony on Friday and will be shown on WIN at 12.30pm on Saturday.
Emily’s event starts on Tuesday night.