Miss A took part in her first gymnastics competition today. She’s been going to gymnastics classes for almost a year now and absolutely loves it. She has progressed through the levels and now does 1.5 hours every weekend. I have seen such a difference in her flexibility and ability from not being able to do a handstand with straight legs, she can now control her body a lot more. I think doing Ballet and Gymnastics together has helped her core strength to assist her in both activities.
I didn’t realise until we arrived today that Miss A was going to be taking part in a display as well as the competition, which was a lovely surprise.
Hubby was filming the routine on his camcorder and kept nudging me to get shots that he wanted, but my bridge camera takes so long to focus sometimes on auto that I didn’t end up taking as many photos as I might ordinarily do because I wanted to enjoy watching Miss A rather than watching through the camera lens.
The routine was brilliant (even if I do say so myself), and then it was on to the competition which consisted of five different challenges including, beam, vault, conditioning, bar and floor. Miss A was called out to be the first to compete within her group which I thought would be very scary but I think it actually helped her to focus on what she needed to do rather than watch everyone else and let the nerves set in.
I know Miss A’s weaknesses are focused around upper body strength, so I know she was worried about going on the bar. Today the bar was different and higher than the one she is used to seeing in class, but I was so proud of her as she did so well (until she managed to cover herself in chalk before the next challenge of the beam).
Despite her little glitch of the chalk which she did because she was showing off with her friends (I was watching), she did amazingly well and made me very proud.
Every child attending today got a medal, and I think Miss A was rather proud of herself if you look at her face as she was presenting ready to receive her medal.
I’m so glad she took part today as the exam conditions, nerves and excitement have done so much for Miss A’s confidence for competing at another point in her life.