I’m ever so proud of Fran today, (though feeling very slightly guilty!) After only 3 months or so at gym they’ve pushed her up a class, into the Novice class, which is a by selection rather than a recreation class, (“Novice class competing general level for floor and vault competition for boys and girls” says the website). I feel bad because she has wanted to do gym for years and i pulled her out of one class for being too arsy (the gym not her) and did do it again for so long; hope i haven’t spoilt her chances. Anyway they tested her today and the jist afterwards was that they’d move her up, get her strength up and let her try competing, maybe even as early as November, and then they think she’ll go a good bit further than that and move into the squad at some point.
She, not surprisingly, is thrilled, although she would have loved squad straight away, but she needs more skills if she is going into it at 10 and i’m much happier if she keeps it as a hobby for now, as she’ll have to drop more things if she does more gym. There is no way we could add 8 -12 hours a week of gym to current dancing/music/Brownies etc, nor into our budget. I’ve been reassured by various people (thank you Sarah E, i forgot to reply but appreciated it!) including a friend from school who did British Squad training, that things are far less weight obsessed now, and this gym seems to have an excellent attitude, but i’m perfectly happy to take it gently. But she’ll adore the chance to compete and knowing she is being actively encouraged to go further and being watched will fire her enthusiasm. I watched her testing tonight and she can really haul up her performance when she needs to.
Maddy and Amelie are apparently considered good and being watched too, though we had tears from Maddy tonight which i don’t fully understand but think has something to do with her feeling ‘sensorily’ distressed by her leotard. Long time since we’ve had that issue with her. I’m pleased for them all and feel quite pleased too that this will lessen our dependence on dancing; i think gym may well suit them better.
So now Mondays have jazz at 4pm-4.45pm, then we have a snack, Gym for M and A from 5.30pm-6.45pm while F, J and i go to work or home and then Gym for F from 6.45pm to 8.30pm. I’m gonig to have to drive up and down one stretch of dual carriageway about 8 times in 3 hours. *snort*