Routines, BBC TV filming and first competition of the year with PBs ☺

Hello again. Here’s my new blog about my gymnastics over the last six weeks. I’ve been training really hard and working on my competition routines.

My idol Simone Biles has a new vault! It’s the same as mine 😂 but she does a DOUBLE pike not a single pike! 😂
https://www.wthr.com/article/watch-simone-biles-will-blow-your-mind-new-vault

Sunday 9 Feb
It was South West Squad 10am-4pm. It was a really windy day. We met Kelly at 7.30am to drive us to Bristol Hawks gym for training. It’s a gym on three different levels. I saw Claudia Fragapane training!
Oh my days it was so stormy at Bristol. It was Storm Ciara.
I had a good first session and did 3 clean bar routines and 2 circuits and 1 floor routine and did some half ons on vault, then in second session I had beam and extras. The vault run wasn’t long enough for me to do my normal vault. We got home safely through the rain and wind of the storm and got back at 6pm. There was a yummy roast beef dinner and cookies waiting for me. 😋

Mon 4.30-8.30pm. It was still really windy and stormy.

Tues 4-8.30pm

Weds off.

Thurs 5-9pm It was a good session. I’ve got a control comp next Thursday.

Fri 10-5pm I tried some jeager preps today, but I say them like ‘geegers’ ! 😂

Sat 12-5. Uh my legs were tired today. I did some more jeagers with Kelly and Paul, and caught one with their help. ☺

Sun day off

Mon Half term, so no school!
4.30-8.30pm. A good day for me. My double tucks were good and my beam routines, and I did clean bars routines. ☺

Tues Devon Squad 10-2pm at Falcons

Weds off

Thursday 10-4pm with control comp in the morning. A clean control comp ☺
BBC Spotlight asked if they could come and film me in the gym. The reporter came at 1pm and stayed until 3.15pm, I think. I was so tired but I tried to do some skills on floor, beam and bars. I couldn’t say much though as I was really tired! My brain wasn’t working 😂 He spoke to Mum and coach Neill too.

Fri 10-5 I was tired. Guess what I did today! I caught some Jeagers with help again. ☺
I was on TV today on BBC Spotlight. Thank you Seth for filming me.

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Here is a link to the film. The password is Flissgymnast

Sat 12-5pm then a sleepover in the gym! We did games, watched a DVD and had pizza and there were lots of us!
Sun off

Mon I had a very bad head ache at school, and all day. I couldn’t train so went home to bed.

Tues 4-8.30pm

Weds 4-7pm An extra day training as I was ill on Mon. It was weird being in the gym today and there were lots of people I do not usually see. It was quite nice to be with others. I think I maybe helped a few friends with some skills by showing then how to do them. ☺

Thurs 5-9pm

Fri 10-5. Another control comp in the afternoon! It was OK, I did come off beam though.

Sat. 12-5pm It was exciting today! My new leotard that I designed for the British Championships has arrived from Rocsa. It’s really sparkly and quite different to my last one. ☺ I really like it.
I went to watch the show my Mum was in at the theatre. It was amazing.

Sun. I relaxed by going swimming with my friends.

Monday 2 March 4.30-8.30pm. Ouch I fell on my shoots on bars today and landed on the bar on my chest. It hurts. I think I will have a bruise.

Tues My chest is really sore today 😔 At gym I managed some apparatus but it was really hurting on bars and I was sad 😢 . I went home.
The rest of the week’s training (Thurs, Fri, Sat) was OK, but my chest was still a bit bruised and sore.

On Sunday I needed to make my number for the Miss Quatro 2020 Witch of the West. competition on Friday. The theme is animated movies, so I decided to do mine about Aladdin. It’s going to be a lamp with the genie coming out of it and jewels on my number, 64. I bought lots of gold spray paint!

This week’s training has been routines and conditioning. Everyone is taking about the coronavirus. We are having to wash our hands all the time, and before and after gym.
Thursday 4.45-7.30pm. We ran through our routines and corrections and Kelly did my hair into plaits.

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Friday 13 March.
Miss Quatro 2020 Witch of the West competition day. We drove Kelly and my friend up to Melksham early in morning. It was 2 and half hours drive. I was feeling OK and ready to do the comp. 💪
Beam was my first piece. I slipped on my warm up doing my dismount and fell on my head. My beam comp didn’t go to plan, as I then had three falls. I still scored 9.95 (even with 3 marks deducted for my falls.) Difficulty ‘D’ 4.7 Execution ‘E’ 5.25 😔
I don’t want to put my beam video on the blog. I realised afterwards that it was Friday 13th 😱 😂
Next was floor. I competed my double back and my two and half twists for the first time. My landings were good. ☺ I scored 12.8 which is good. D 4.3 E 8.5


Then it was rest before then going to vault. We only had one vault. I did my yerchenko. It went quite well. I scored 12.3. (D 3.5 E 8.8) ☺


Last was bars. I got my handstands. My score was 11.1 (D 2.9 E 8.20)


Today, I wasn’t happy about beam, but Kelly told me that I got Personal Bests (PBs) on floor, vault and bars. So I am really pleased! My execution scores were high on these three pieces. I got a gold ribbon and bronze ribbon. It was a good start to my competition season. I hadn’t done a comp for a year due to injuries.

Today I came 6th AA and came 2nd on Floor and 2nd on Bars. ☺ 👍

We stayed and cheered on my Falcons friends in their competition after mine. They did well.
I met a lady who came up to me and said that she reads my blogs and that I was brave today to keep going on the beam. It was lovely of her to speak to me. Thank you. 🤗
We drove home in the evening. It was a long day.


Saturday 12-4pm. We were all a bit tired so we could all finish an hour early. Yay! ☺

Now we don’t know what will happen over the next few months. Maybe our English and British Championships will be cancelled. That would be such a shame, as I feel ready for them and have worked so hard with Kelly to get all my routines, but we all have to think about our health and looking after each other.

Sunday off. I can relax!

Monday 4.30-8.30pm. Today while training we heard the news from British Gymnastics that national competitions have been cancelled from now until June. So, there will be no English or British Championships 😔 This is really disappointing.

Guess what I did today… I could try my new skill, and guess what I did, I caught my first Jeager on my own! Yay!☺ 🎉

Hope everyone stays safe.

Thank you for reading this and supporting me on my journey.
Fliss x

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