Fighting to get fit, GB 🇬🇧Performance Pathway Squad and my first ever England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Squad!

Hello. The last six weeks have been all about trying to get myself fit and my body better in time for my national squad weekends. I knew it would be a big aim and challenge, but I had to believe in myself and that it could happen, and try really hard. Here’s my blog.

June 2019
I think things are now on the way up for me in the gym. I have a good programme for my rehab, and I feel like I can move forward again.

It’s been hard outside of the gym though as my Grampy has been very very ill in hospital and my Granny also fractured her foot.

I think my injury can get better and It’s good to be in the gym more. I’ve been dancing at school lots, and cycling, and having a massage every week (to help me recover). I am going to really try to be fit enough to get to GB and England Squads in July.

It was tiring when I did my first full day of 7hrs training, but I made it! On fast track I did straight front straight front fulls. Double tucks to mat.

On Sat 22 June I had a day off as it was the Gymstars comp at Falcons all weekend and I wasn’t competing. That was a nice break!
I’ve been training Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat as normal and having physio sessions too. I am improving but I still have a tight hamstring because of neural tension. My back pain is better. I am now working towards my big skills again.

Mon 1 July It was my school dance show today. I loved it ☺

Tues 2 July 4-8.30pm It was hot at school and I was a bit tired. I wasn’t really feeling very energetic when I went into gym but I got on with my core exercises before we all started. Guess what I did today?! Roundoff flic then two and half twists on fast track ☺ twice. If I’d done it a third time I would have got a ticket to put in the summer training raffle jar, to win a leotard! – as it would have been a new skill.

Weds 4-8pm I trained today because I’d missed Mon.

Thurs 4.45-8.30pm I did some good things in the gym today. I got my giant fulls back on bars, flic tuck on beam with only one mat.
Fri, gym again 10am-5pm. It’s a busy week for me. I am feeling a bit tired and it’s still quite hot weather. I had a really good first session. I did my giant fulls again on bars, several double tucks on fast track. Flic tucks on beam.

I’m trying to get my fitness back and strength and flexibility back. My aim is to get to GB squad at Lilleshall next weekend then England Squad at Loughborough University the next weekend. I’ve got quite a bit of travelling this month!!! 😂

Sat and Sun I was so 😴 tired

Mon, 8 July. It was another hot day. I left early as I had another physio appointment with Megan. I am improving. I have more flexibility now without pain. 4-8pm gym. I did over pit on bars giant full giant blind forward top. My flic tucks were good on beam.

Tues 4-8pm then massage.

Weds. My school report came out today. It was really good and said about being really impressed by the way that I cope with the demands of my gymnastics training and having huge respect for the determined way in which I ensure that it does not interfere with my progress in school. This makes me feel very happy 😊 I’m pleased that I’ve kept up with all my work even though I don’t go to school on Fridays because of gym training. I’ve had a great first year at secondary and made loads of new friends. 😍

I’m thinking about GB Performance Pathway Squad. I think lots of the other girls will now be a bit more advanced than me, but I know I’m on my own path and still getting over my injury. I’m preparing for my camp and getting things ready.

Friday 12 July
Dad drove me up to Lilleshall. It took a long time in the traffic, but it was good to be back at the National Sports Centre.

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The only sad thing is that I am missing my sister Bella’s dance show this weekend and her very special dances and duet with the teacher. I can’t wait to watch the DVD. My family say we will make it a proper night, with popcorn!

Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July – GB Performance Pathway Squad training 🇬🇧

Dad left me there with Kelly. It was my second camp of this year. I was sharing with one of friends again. ☺
The national coach asked the GB physio to see me, while I was there training. I have another exercise to do as well as my other ones now too.

I saw my friends and made new ones, they were funny.

It was hard work but I won a prize for the quickest shuttle runs. 🏃 I was given a signed photo of Ellie Downie. She’s so amazing!!!

I tried a new skill from the high to low bar called shoots. I got a few bruises on my leg. It was good though!

Kelly brought me home and we got back by 9pm.

Mon 15 July, 4-8pm training.

Tues 4-8pm, then a massage with Sam. It was a good gym session. I needed to order my England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 kit tonight. ☺

Weds day off

Thursday I was a bit late to gym as I was on a school trip away. 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Fri 19 July. Mum drove me to Loughborough, which was a long drive. Some of the motorways were closed and there were accidents and traffic It took us 5 hours. It was nice Mum and me time though.

At the hotel I shared a steak with Mum. Yummy. Then I had my favourite pud pud, Eton mess. Really yum!

My hotel had a gym and I couldn’t walk past the door without going in for a quick go 😂 I’d like a gym at home! 💪 😂


Sat 20 July – Sunday 21 July England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Squad training camp.

I just had to do handstand walks in the hotel corridor 😂

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More gym!


After breakfast on Saturday we drove to Loughborough University and arrived at 9.30am.

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We walked around the Uni a bit as we’d not been there before. I hoped they had a pit in the gym else I wouldn’t be able to do lots of things, and I needed a fast track!

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Kelly was there in the gym waiting. It was a very blue/green colour! But they had a pit and a fast track! Yay! 🎉 ☺

It’s a bit different at this squad as I don’t really know many of the England Squad girls and they are all older than me, at least by one year and upwards. I’m the only first year espoir, and there are junior and senior girls here for the training. I know I’m the youngest but maybe I’m not the smallest? 😂 I tried to sit with everyone to start with and to try to make friends. I was really excited about camp. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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Mum left to drive home. She said she was listening to the song, ‘I wish you well’ by Sigala and Becky and thinking of me. It’s a good dance song! I now love this song and keep playing it.

There were the USA Women’s Rugby and I think the England Women’s Rugby teams training on the astro while I was there.

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I shared a room with three other girls in the hotel.
The camp went quite quick. There was a competition and I surprised myself that I could do 7 clears in a row on bars 😂
My shoots on bars with Kelly were good.

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There was lots of traffic and roads were closed on the way home, but we got back by 9.30pm.

It’s good to be in England Squad as well as GB Performance Pathway Squad. ☺

I have a day off training tomorrow, I can rest. ☺ Then there are only three more training days until our BIG family holiday together…I am soooo excited.

Thank you for reading this and supporting me.
Fliss x

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