Amelie had a competition at gym today. She’s had a slightly difficult time lately; several coaches and changes of squad in a few months although luckily she was inspired rather than demotivated by a drop in squad from A to B and has loved where she has moved to. She did lose a previously piece of cake move though in the process, which was a shame and it hasn’t come back yet. It’s so annoying when you know their body can do it but their head can’t!
Luckily for Amelie she not only had a decent day on her own account today but also got that slice of luck which can go either way in a competition; sometimes it isn’t all about how you do, it’s also about how everyone else does 🙂
I say that only because I try to always be brutally honest – I am, of course, immensely proud of her 🙂 She did well. I know she wanted badly to prove that she’s a good gymnast and although she didn’t wipe the floor with anyone, she did very well. And she looked gorgeous (thanks Rosie!)
She started off on vault and did as good as she can, which is not brilliant but a darn sight better than it used to be 🙂 She seems to struggle with hyper-mobility in her elbows and shoulders a bit and it is taking some time to get the strength to overcome it. She didn’t get placed on vault, unsurprisingly, but doing the best she could, which I always think is about as much as you can ask of an 8 year old. (11.4 for posterity).
On bars she did predictably come off on her squat on, which was such a shame given she did it reliably for months before her move to the A Squad but most of the rest of the group (of 12 in her age group) were doing a low tariff routine and she got lucky indeed, getting 9.05 (where do you get 0.05 from?!?!?!) and managing a 1st on that. The gods were smiling for Amelie 🙂
Beam next – looked beautiful on there, completely gorgeous.
Unluckily came off on her forward roll, having landed it on the warm up and got 4th with 10.1
Lastly floor which she did beautifully considering she learned it 3 weeks ago – few bits to tidy up but really not too much. Hopefully her coach was pleased with her – I loved watching it 🙂 She sneaked 1st on floor too, a mere 0.05 above 2nd with 11.75 😆
She got Bronze overall which was great. Hopefully it will really inspire her to work even more and to pull it out on those two things that didn’t quite go as they might today because if she had, she’d have cleaned up. So proud of her 🙂
Of course, the worst thing about being a gym mum is the fact that as soon as they master something and you breathe and think “thank goodness, no more tears over THAT!” they are on to some new and seemingly impossible move. But we’ll worry about that tomorrow 🙂