Hi. Here’s my new blog. I’ve been at England Squad and I’ve been really improving in the gym but I’ve also been finding a few things really hard.
Fri 13 September, 10-5pm
I was tired today. My tkatchevs on bars were a bit dodgy.
Sat 14 September
My hamstring seems to be getting better. I did my free walkover back on high beam again! Yay! I think things are improving.
Sun. My day off and arghh our wifi is down at home!
Monday 16 September.
I’ve earned 25 points in the gym, so I got a prize! I waited until Monday to get it and got a unicorn mug. That will be my morning cup of tea mug ☺ 🦄
4-8pm. Guess what I did today! I went on the floor and did straight front straight front, round off flic full, round off flic double twists, round off 1.5 twist. ☺ I tried straight front straight front fulls but didn’t land them 😂 On bars I can do my double arabian (I know that’s what it’s called now!)
Tuesday 17th Sept
4-8.30pm I had a great session today. I did round off flic 1.5 twist punch straight front on track 👍 I nearly did 3 clean bars routines in a row. My vaults were good. I did on T trainer yerchenko straight through to my back. ☺
Weds day off
A volunteer from Dad’s work made me an amazing knitted phone case, of a gymnast, just for me! It was very kind.
Fri 20 September.
Mum and I drove to Loughborough. It was a sunny day but the traffic was terrible and there were lots of accidents and roadworks. It took hours to get there (210 miles) .
I did my homework in the car AND in the hotel. This is my life. This is the life of a gymnast.
I wanted to go into the hotel gym again.
I like watching on Youtube this video of 4 years ago. It was the Devon Levels, level 5. All my friends and me. We look so tiny! Look how far I’ve come. I wonder what I’ll have achieved in 4 more years. 🤔 ☺
Saturday 21 September.
England Squad weekend at Loughborough University. 🏴
After breakfast, and making a packed lunch for me to take, I had to go into the hotel gym again!!! 😉.
It was so busy at the University. There was an open day so lots of people were looking around.
I went to the gym. Kelly was there. I joined the other girls on the mats and said bye to Mum.
I had an okay first session. My bars were a bit dodgy but beam, vault and ballet were good. I was not just the only one who was not doing the control comp today, there were two groups who were not and two that were. I haven’t got my routines ready yet to do a control comp yet. I am still building back up from my hamstring problem. The control comp was for an international selection.
I had a good day today and at the hotel I was put in a room with three other girls. Hopefully it will all go well tomorrow and I’ll have a great good day tomorrow!
Sunday 22 Sept
Hello, I had a good first session and did some good shoots on bars and good leaps on beam. Hope that second session goes well.
I was messaging mum at break time. She was at Falcons with Bella helping out at a comp. I wanted to know how my friends were doing and wished them good luck and asked for Mum to send me photos and the scores. She did. I felt like I was there at Falcons, not 220 miles away! They did really well. Some of my friends from other clubs were there too.
At Squad we did a jazz dance and street dance style today.
After lunch my bars dismount and my beam free cartwheel flics were good. It was great fun. I had a really good day today. ☺
I made some really great friends at camp. ☺ 😍 We are going to message each other.
Kelly drove me home after training finished at 5pm. It was a long drive. We got back about 9.30pm. I was sooo hungry and had some homemade lasagne waiting for me. ☺ Kelly took some home too. I showed my family my new England Squad tracksuit, T shirt and red England leo. ☺
I then had to do more homework before I could go to bed. 😱 I was really tired.
Monday 23 September
I didn’t want to wake up at 7am. I was so tired today. 😢 I had to get up and go to school but it was hard. I just wanted to sleep.
I had a headache all day at school. I went to gym but I wasn’t feeling great and was so tired.
4pm. I did my running and an hour in the gym but my head was hurting so Kelly sent me home. I got home and went straight to bed and didn’t wake up until 8.30pm! I didn’t know if it was night or day. I felt better, ate some food and did more homework before going back to bed 🛏
I think I need a good night’s sleep then I’ll be better.
My vaults were good today. I also did on track my double tucks to a mat in the pit ☺ My tumbling went well too.
Thurs 5-9pm. I did shoots on my own tonight on bars ☺ 🎉
On bars I kind of did my dismount double arabians on my own. My floor wasn’t that great in first session, I just didn’t have bouncy legs. 😂 My second session was good.
Then I met my friends after gym for tea ☺ Yay.
Sat 12-5 we worked on a bit of our Greatest Showman routine for the gym Christmas show 😉 It’s all really secret.
I was able to go on a sleepover with my friends tonight, which was so nice.
Sun day off. My calf is a bit sore today and tight from when I hit it on my tkatchevs. My Mum gave me a massage and it helped.
Mon 30 Sept
A good day.
I did round off one and half punch straight full and three double tucks to mat in the pit.
I went back to see my physio today. Things are getting much much better. I have some upgraded exercises to do now, and she gave me a massage.
I then went to school and had to have a HPV vaccination. I was scared, as I don’t like needles, but I was brave and had it done. After they had done it, I felt really unwell. I felt sick and dizzy and faint. The nurses had to call my Mum to take me home to rest. I did not feel well and it was a reaction to the injection. I couldn’t train today.
Weds day off
Thurs 5-9pm. I think it was a bit of a frustrating day today, but I did try.
I listened to mine and Bella’s favourite tune. Dance monkey. Bella and I have made up dances to this. ☺
I can’t wait to watch the gymnastics, World Championships, that start really soon! I hope our GB teams do really well in Germany. 🤞 Good luck. 💪
I heard that our girls in Germany did brilliantly! We’ve qualified for the Olympics next year as a team, made the World Championship team finals, Ellie and Becky have made apparatus finals and my friend Alice Kinsella is in the all around final. That’s brilliant. Go girls, go Alice. I sent Alice a message.
Sunday. Ahhh a nice day to relax.
Monday 7 October 4-8pm. It was a difficult day for me in the gym. 😔 I am scared of something I need to do on bars. I just have to find a way to help me get over it, bit by bit. Mum, Dad and I had a chat.
(My favourite madeline cakes help make me feel better. ☺)
Tuesday 4-8.30pm. I was really worried and scared about bars. I talked about it in the gym and we worked out how to help me in my session. I did seven bars routines with spot. I was happy with myself.
The women’s team did brilliantly at the World Gymnastics competition today! They came 6th in the world! 👏 🎉
I can’t wait to find out how the men do and watch the women’s apparatus finals. Hope I can be part of a team one day.
Thank you for reading this and supporting me.