I learned about not giving up on what you want just because you didn 't get it the first time, or because it is going to be a harder than you thought. If I fell off of the balance beam at practice, or at a competition, I would get back up and keep trying. I ended up A big part of gymnastics was trying new things. There was always some new flip or move that we hadn’t tried, and our coaches liked to make the girls on the team guinea pigs in leotards.
I remembered my father told me “ you better get ready because this is some real shit”. My body started to feel different, I wasn't feeling scared I was feeling adrenaline running all over by body. I couldn't wait for those roping skills and techniques to come to me, I had to work real hard. Those skills didn't come overnight. It was all the hours I spent in the arena practicing ,roping poles, bushes, dogs or anything I could see I would be able to rope.
15 years of experience as an aesthetic group gymnast has taught me self-discipline and teamwork skills because a successful group has to demonstrate a sense of cohesion. Furthermore, this has prepared me for managing my time efficiently - to balance the time between studies and other pursuits. Three years ago I had the chance to start working as a rhythmic gymnastics trainer at the gymnastics club Janika. Such an incredible working experience with young children has developed my organisational skills (e.g. arranging meetings with parents and dressmakers) and taught me to take the responsibility for others. What is more, rhythmic gymnastics and dancing in theatre plays have taught me to analyse myself as one has to be fully aware of their body and mind while performing.
That summer I placed 3rd in Freestyle and Greco and that was on the first tournaments that I had wrestled Greco. Freestyle had improved my wrestling greatly after that summer season. I did football in the fall. The modified team was huge the team had at least 60 kids on the team.
It started out as a normal saturday afternoon. My mom made grilled cheese and I was getting ready for my dad to take me to gymnastics. I had my pink and black leotard on, and I was putting on my sneakers. We got in the car and my dad dropped of some packages at the post office and we got stuck in a bit of traffic. I was late to gym. I probably missed all of our stretching and running. I knew this would be a hard practice. The second I walked in the gym I had my coach ask why I was late and I told them my reasoning. “We just started conditioning” Michelle would say. “Do a 5 minute quick stretch then hop into conditioning with Maylee.” I did as she said and I started practicing with my teammates.
Inspired by that moment, I joined a track club and became captivated by the pole vault. The spectacle of flying two stories through the air seemed like the perfect challenge. Despite living in a sport-centric town, no local pole vault coach would teach me at my age. So every week my dad and I drove 2 hours to train at a special club.
Who would have thought that someone could go from being injured while in an active combat, to being a professional paratriathlete? Well, Melissa Stockwell did just that. In her younger ages, she loved her country to the extent of wanting to be in the army when she grew up. While knowing that she wanted to do that, she also kept in mind that she needed to be more athletic. Therefore, she began gymnastics at a younger age and also undertook many school activities.
In middle school, gym class wasn’t one of my favorites classes however I refused to fail it. For my final exam in gym class we had to run around the gym track ten times. When I first did it, I could only complete four laps and I had to walk the rest of them. I began to practice just running around so it would become a norm so I wouldn’t get tired anymore. I wasn’t mad and upset that I couldn’t complete the task the first time.
I practiced with the team to make sure I was perfectly aligned with my row and made movements altogether with everyone else. At the end of the when the top three were being announced our school had won over 8 events including the one I was in. I had proved many of the upperclassman wrong and would consistently do this throughout that season of
Due to the long practices, the members are usually exhausted, but proud of each other and how hard they have worked. “I feel like everyone can definitely improve, but in the end every practice is worth going to,” commented Jessy. “All the adrenaline we build up from practices goes into competitions so it’s worth it in the end,” added sophomore Coco
Each time we would practice in the building on mats. The reason we practiced on mats was because you could get hurt if you did not. Every day we hit the mats! Most of my first year all we did was practice. I loved my first year cheering!
We started extremely early in the year and practiced for at least 10 hours a week. Obviously at the time I thought it was too much, and I never wanted to practice. I knew I had to push through all of the late nights and muscle soreness, and I am
When I was 12 years old, I made it onto a cheerleading worlds team. Essentially, if my team got a bid, we would get to go to the Cheerleading Worlds competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World. I am a part of the competitive cheer community along with 3.3 million other athletes in the U.S. alone. My teammates and I were ecstatic and could not wait for this moment to compete. Our team name was the Cheer Eclipse Comets. This was my tenth season doing competitive cheerleading.