I grew into my love of gymnastics
I first began a proper gymnastics class at the age of 5 and for a shy girl like I was this is a scary place to be. Older children dismounted the bars and sprinted towards the vault at full speed. These big girls towered over me and had an intensity in their eyes that was intimidating. I didn’t wish to be like them yet, I still wanted to hold my mum’s hand and return to the comfort of my recreational gymnastics class.
Gymnastics wasn’t a joy in my life at first but gradually under the care of some lovely coaches and surrounded by many new friends, I began to bond with gym life. As I picked up new skills and climbed up the levels I enjoyed the sense of achievement every time I reached a new goal.
Being a gymnast isn’t easy but if you choose a good gym, spending many hours there each week is made fun because of the energy the coaches put into helping you, with an honest passion and a clear understanding of what gymnastics is about. The friendships and support of the gymnasts growing alongside you will push you past any difficulties and you’ll know that no matter what you have to face in life outside the gym that there will also be somebody willing to help and give you the spirit and courage to achieve your dreams in anything you do.