SHE couldn't have known it then but Marival D'Jamirze saw the rhythm of her life's journey when she was five.
"I was watching my brother Aleksey play roller-hockey at the state sports centre," she said. "I looked across and saw girls doing rhythmic gymnastics and I liked the look of it."
She liked it so much she started gymnastics.
There was a bit of pedigree there: her mother Irina had been a rhythmic gymnast in her youth but breeding is just the base.
Marival's innate talent and hard work have been what's vaulted her forwards, ever forwards.
She's just 16 and has already been to Montreal twice, Russia and New Zealand with Australian junior teams.
She has just returned from her Australian seniors debut and competitions in Romania and Israel.
And there's another major signpost on the journey.
Marival has been chosen as Australian junior elite rhythmic gymnast of the year but it's just a signpost, not the culmination.
"I've got a lot of improvement left and rhythmic gymnasts don't really peak until their 20s," she said. "I want to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and at the Olympics at Rio and to be an ambassador and promote Australia around the world."
Marival competes in four disciplines and hoops is her favourite.
Yes, she's cock-a-hoop about the journey's progress but the signposts have been built on devotion and discipline.
It means training at her Toongabbie school and several weekly trips to Croydon's Presbyterian Ladies' College under the combined tutelage of Deanna Shmarakova, Angelika Filipovich, PLC head coach Lisa Caton and PLC gymnastics co-ordinator Michelle Olsson.
"I love it so much," was the unnecessary explanation of coping with the weekly discipline.
That recent trip?
In Romania, as a first-year senior she competed in the Irina Deleanu Trophy against seniors including Olympians.
She achieved above the national squad-qualifying score and was awarded a medal.
In Israel, she was given the Miss Tournament title but the miss still has metaphorical miles to go.