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England Squad 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 and ups and downs.

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 ☺ 🦄

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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

Thursday 5-9pm

A volunteer from Dad’s work made me an amazing knitted phone case, of a gymnast, just for me! It was very kind.

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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.

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I wanted to go into the hotel gym again.

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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!!! 😉.

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It was so busy at the University. There was an open day so lots of people were looking around.

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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.

Tues 4-8.30pm

My vaults were good today. I also did on track my double tucks to a mat in the pit ☺ My tumbling went well too.

Weds off

Thurs 5-9pm. I did shoots on my own tonight on bars ☺ 🎉
Fri 10-5pm

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.

Tues

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. ☺

Fri 10-5pm

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. 💪
Sat 12-5pm

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.

Fliss x

Summer Training 2019 and South West Squad

Hello. It has been a busy summer of holiday fun and gym training!

At the end of July, just before I went to America on holiday with my family I was working on a few things. This is the new upgrade that I was trying to do…shoots on bars ☺

 

 

Mon 12 August. My first gym training back after my amazing two week holiday (best holiday ever!!! ) I am excited to be back. I think it might hurt though 😂 . I have been doing stretches and conditioning while I have been in America and we’ve been really active, walking lots and lots and swimming every day. My body looks tanned ☺
Gym 3-8pm.I did more than I thought I would be able to in the gym today! I did some real skills too. ☺

I had to take my earrings out because it’s the rules at gym. I can’t tape them anymore as I’ve had them more than 6 weeks. Tonight I couldn’t get them back in after doing long hours of gym. I was so sad. 😔 I think I have to accept that I just can’t keep my ears pierced if I want to do serious gym. 😢 I don’t know, maybe my body heals quickly? Maybe that is a good thing? I am sad but I can’t go through pain to get them back in everyday. I have decided that I can’t wear earrings again. I hope I can have them pierced again later in my life, and wear earrings again one day.

Tues 13 August
I am aching all over. I can barely walk!
Gym 2-8pm. I had to do really hard conditioning.

Weds 14 August day off
It’s the USA championships. Simone Biles has made history. It is incredible. I was watching it at 1am when I couldn’t sleep. She did a double double beam dismount. On floor she did a triple double, wow!

Thurs 2-8pm. I had really bad rips on my wrists. I needed lots of tape! I put lots of sudacrem on my wrists at bedtime. I think I worked hard today. I tried lots of things. Not all things were great but I tried.

Fri 10-4pm
Guess what I did today!!! A new dismount on bars! A tuck half double front. But…I have a big bump on my forehead from my knee hitting my head as I did it. Ouch!!! I think I have an egg on my head.
I did my yerchenko back on the vault run again.

Sat 12-5pm
Sun off

Mon 3-8pm A good session for me.

Tues arghh my hamstring is so so sore. It’s been a really difficult day 😢 . I couldn’t get up either 😔 I told Kelly my hamstring was sore.
Gym 2-8pm I had a massage from 7.30-8pm.

Weds off. I needed it!

Thurs 2-8pm. My hamstring was still sore but I managed to do things.

Fri. Our beach day! We only trained from 10-2, and we also went on the trampoline first too! ☺ Then we went to the beach for surfing, rounders, hotdogs and fun times with gym friends. It was a hot day. ☺ 🏖

Sat. I was tired when I woke up, but managed training 12-5pm and it was a good session.

Bank Holiday weekend. I had lots more beach time and fun with my cousins.

Sun no gym!

Bank Holiday Monday. I didn’t have time off training today! I was in the gym 3-8pm!

Tues 2-8pm. I did three bar routines over pit ☺ I managed to do my full jump on beam and practiced my round off flic mount to beam with blocks and mats. I liked this day. ☺

Weds off

Thurs 2-8pm My shoots on bars were good today ☺

Fri 10-4pm

Sat 12-4pm we finished an hour early 🎉 ☺ It was another good session.

Sun off

Mon 2 September 3-8pm. It wasn’t such a great day. 😔 Things just weren’t going quite right for me My hamstring was hurting too.

Tues 1-8pm

Weds 4 September. I went back to school today. I am now in Year 8. I was so excited to see my friends again. I didn’t have gym tonight so I could see a friend after school. ☺

Thurs 4-9pm. My first 9pm training finish! I made it! I nearly did my three bar routines in a row. I did my 10 free cartwheel flics on the low beam. This made me happy. I am getting there again.

Fri 10-5pm Yes, today I DID do my 3 clean bars routines ☺

Sat I had a day off, because I’m training on Sunday instead. It feels like a Sunday today though, with no gym😂

Sunday. South West Squad at Falcons 10am – 4pm. I’m feeling happy and excited to go, as I had to miss the last squad due to my back and leg injury. Two of my Falcons friends were invited to join us today too☺ It was a good day. I did my new bars dismount, tuck half, double front ☺

I am still trying to work hard to get myself back doing all the things I can, plus new upgrades. I did 29 upstart handstand basics on bars in a row this week!
Monday 4-8pm. Ouch, I’m going to have a bruised cheek and eye tomorrow from Kelly’s hand after a bit of a slip up by me on Bars. 😱 😂I did beam basics, and lots of vault and prep tonight. I didn’t have any time to rest. It was a good session otherwise!

We’ve got a new homework system at school now. I’m having to keep up with all my homework even more and squeeze it in whenever I can. It’s not easy, but I am trying.

Tuesday 4-8.30pm, but I had a massage from 8-8.30pm which was ouch, but good!

Weds day off. The tickets for the British Championships went on sale today! The comp is in April next year. We’re going to book as I should be there (hopefully if I’m well and fit)  competing again. 🤞🇬🇧 I’ll be a second year espoir.

Thank you for reading this and supporting me.
Fliss x

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

Injuries, pain and scans 😔 but now two lots of good news! 🦄 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Hello,

It has been 8 weeks since my last blog. I have had a lot going on and it has not been a very good time. I have had injuries and pain and been worried, but I am getting better now and excited about my good news! Here’s my blog.

Weds 17 April 11am – 3pm

I did 5 more tkatchevs today. That’s 8 this week I think!

My hamstring is sore. I think I might have over stretched it. I don’t know. I’ve iced it put a hot water bottle on it and Mum has given me a massage. I must not do any leaps for a week.
Thurs. My hamstring really hurts. I will not be able to do any running. I need to take care of it and keep doing ice, heat, massage I think. Gym 1-8pm. I warmed up on the P bars by holding myself up by my arms and air cycling! I might be able to do lots of bars today.

I did spins on beam, used the tee trainer on fast track, and on bars did two really cool tricks! I don’t know what they are called. 😂 I managed the whole 7 hours.

Our lovely physio said I must not run, or cartwheel or pull my leg in any way. I need to ice at different times.

Good Friday 19 April
As soon as I got up I was icing. Gym training 10 – 2pm. It was our Easter egg hunt in the gym! I only walked 😉 then iced again. I kept doing that through my gym session.

Kelly showed me a drawing that Jemma Drawing had done of me based on the British Championships photo. It’s cool.

I had Saturday and Easter Sunday off. I had fun with my family and cousins as we were caravanning and went to the beach and in the countryside. Yay ☺

Mon 10 – 2pm

Tues 4-8.30pm I went back to school after the Easter holiday. I was OK about going back. ☺ I couldn’t ice at school though! I think maybe my leg is getting a bit better? I am still not running though. I had to warm up on P bars holding myself up with my arms and cycling in the air. I tried a backward roll to handstand on the floor beam. It’s two days until my birthday 🎂!

Weds Day off. I made cakes to take to gym for all my friends tomorrow! Yum!

Thursday. It’s my birthday, and I am so excited! I am meeting my friends before school, then I’ve got school art club at lunchtime then parents evening after school! (They HAVE to say nice things about me 😂) I showed Mum the display that PE has on the wall at school.

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I then got to gym at 5.30 and stayed until 8.30pm. My British Champs song ‘I am a giant’ came on when I was on Bars! 🎉

I had lots of lovely messages for my 12th birthday! It’s been a lovely day.

Fri 10 – 5pm. I am still not running and I am being careful with my hamstring. I did lots of bars today.

Sat. Kelly was really poorly today, so our training was cancelled. Get better soon! So, I had a day off…to ice my leg!

Sun Day off

Mon. My left leg was still feeling sore. 😔 4-8pm.

Tues 30 April. I went to see my physio today. I realised that my back and leg really hurts. 😔 My lower back is inflammed and sore and it’s making my leg sore and tight too. I have to stop doing gym for a week and rest it and take medication and do special exercises and Mum needs to do lots of massage on me. I know that I need to do this to get better. I think my body has been doing so much with all my comps and Squad camp and training, as I’ve been doing lots of routines, and it’ss just been used so much. It needs a rest and to get better.

We had a chat to Kelly and we are going to work together with my physio. So I didn’t go to training tonight.

I am missing being at the gym. I know that at my level of gymnastics I am going to get some injuries and sore parts of my body, so I just have to do what I need to do and then I’ll move forwards again and do great things again.

Weds. I had more medication and exercises and massage!

Thurs 2 May. I wanted to go into the gym to do my physio exercises, see Kelly and see my friends. So I did! 4.30pm until 6pm. I only did my physio exercises, nothing else, but then Kelly said to visualise my routines on each piece three times, so I sat down and closed my eyes and I went through it all in my head.

Friday 3 May – Tues 7 May

I went into the gym just to do my physio exercises and some visualisations. I had more massage and ibuprofen at home too. My back is still sore 😔 I think it hurts a bit higher up now. But I must stay positive and hope with time, rest and doing the right things it will get better. ☺

Thurs 8 May. I just did my physio exercises in the gym again. My sister Bella started back today! It felt a bit weird but nice to have her in the gym with me again. I think it’s been a year and a half since she left . She worked really hard! Mum picked us both up after a few hours.

Fri I am still doing just my exercises, going to the gym to do them and doing my visualisations and taking painkillers. I hope it gets better soon.

I had a sleepover with my friends which made me happy.

Sat I went to gym 12-2pm to just do my exercises and to be in the gym. My back is still sore 😔 and I’m also getting a few headaches in the front of my face and head. We all think that I need an X-ray or scan as there might be something more seriously wrong with my back or some damage. I really want to know what’s wrong and then we can work out a way to fix it and have a plan on my recovery. I want to be doing gymnastics but I know that I can’t at the moment. I went to Bella’s glass art party, which made me feel better.

Sun Day off and no physio exercises

Mon I couldn’t see the doctor today so went into the gym to do my exercises and see my friends 4-6pm. Kelly said that I’d make a good judge as we were both scoring my squad mates and ended up with deductions that were nearly the same!

Tues. I saw the doctor today.

Weds 15 May. It’s been exactly 2 years since my major head trauma gym accident.

Thurs. I went into gym with Bella and Jack at 5pm.

Fri I saw my physio and my doctor today. We think I do need to have an xray or scan of my back and hip. Something is going on. I might have a stress fracture in my spine. I have less physio exercises to do as my back is still sore. I just need to know what’s going on and how I can more forward and do my recovery. 🙏

Sat 18 May.
Bella’s birthday! My back is really painful. I know something is wrong and I want to know what it is. I’ll do my exercises at home today and not go into gym. I am trying to stay positive and happy.

Sunday 19 May. I started my hydrotherapy programme today ☺ 20 lengths of the swimming pool. After 2 lengths I had to have 1 minute rest then go again. I could only do front crawl or back stroke, as I’m not allowed breast stroke due to the hip movement. It was good to have a programme and be aiming towards goals again. It was a sunny day in the garden to relax afterwards. ☀

Monday 20 May. I went into gym today to do my spin bike rehab therapy. 20mins on the bike plus my three physio exercises. I think my body needs to be doing some activity as it is so used to doing lots and lots!

Tues. It’s my swimming rehab day! 20 lengths in the lanes with Dad tonight. Hopefully I’ll hear when I’ll get a MRI scan soon.

Weds day of rest.

Thurs 5-6pm in the gym to do my bike programme.

Tonight I heard some GOOD NEWS… I’ve been selected to be in the England Squad for 2019/2020 as one of the Espoirs! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🎉

Yay! I am so pleased and proud to be selected for England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 . I think I am the youngest in the squad, the only first year Espoir. 🎉

Well done to all the others who go in too! I just need to get my back better. 🤞 I hope I get a MRI scan soon. I am still doing my swimming programme, bike programme, and gym visualisations on the equipment and my physio exercises.

Sat. Kelly was away at a comp today so I went into the gym at 9am to help Lauren with Kelly’s babies, the Amethyst group. It was great! At 12pm I did my spin bike programme and other physio and visualisations.

More swimming and cycling this week

Friday 31 May. After my cycling in the gym and physio exercises Dad drove me to Exeter for an MRI scan. I was so happy that I now had a scan booked. I had a few scans of my back and hip. (I remembered having one of these scans after my head injury two years ago.)

I had to stay really still. I stayed so still that I fell asleep inside it opps! 😂 I had ear phones over my ears and they played music. It was like being a baby at bedtime and having a lullaby song sung to me to get me to sleep. So I went to sleep! 😂 I won’t know my results until Tuesday. I hope we know soon if there is a fracture in my spine or not and if there is any damage or not and how I can get better and get back to gym. I am hoping.

Sat. We went swimming again today and did my lengths. I think I’m getting much better at swimming now ☺ Guess what, after swimming…
My sister and I had our ears pierced!!!! I couldn’t have it done until after my MRI as you can’t have metal in the scan machine. We are so happy!!! Now we have to put tape on our ears when we go to gym 😂 I can’t believe that I have had it done. 🤪

Sunday. I should be at South West squad training today at Falcons but I can’t because of my injury, so it is a rest day at home.

Monday 3 June 2019 gym 4-5.30 spin cycling, physio and visualisation.

Tues 4 June. More swimming.

Weds 5 June. My MRI Scan results are back. It’s good news. There is NO stress fracture. Which is very great news. They say that everything in my back and hip looks normal and there is no damage to my spine. But I am still feeling pain and I don’t understand why. I hope we can now work out how to make my pain and tightness go away. I think my lower back has to act as a shock absorber for all my tumbles and all my landings on hard. Will I always have a bit of pain? !! Now we know that I am not going to damage myself any more, I can start doing lots more fun exercise and I can carefully build my body back up…but why is it hurting? I can get back doing some gym and dancing (I really love dancing too) and running and PE. I like athletics and I am quite good at that. Maybe I’m growing and that’s hurting me too?

It was fun doing some basic gym skills again today. ☺I did giants on metal and upstarts and preps on vault for yerchenkos.

The new hall of fame board is up on the wall at Falcons! That’s really nice. I am proud to be in the GB Performance Pathway Squad for 2019 and England Squad for 2019/2020. It is such a brilliant achievement for me.

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Fri. I had lots of physio today and massage, and then went to the gym. They think my back is hurting because of my nerves in my back and leg, and my nerves are making my leg tight, but we are going to get me better and I am going to do more now that I know my back doesn’t have a stress fracture. I am happy about that. With the help of everyone around me and the support of Mike, Kelly and my physio Megan we will work out my rehab programme, exercises and treatment plan and I will get back to normal and aim and try to get fit for GB and England Squad training next month. I really really hope so.

Now that I know my back doesn’t have a fracture, I can go to my brother’s aquapark party tomorrow and join in, carefully. Yay! (It’s going to be freezing!!!)

I have been listening to some older songs with Mum, and I really like Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer’.

That’s me! ‘Woah, we’re half way there, Woah, liv’ in on a prayer, Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear, Woah livin’ on a prayer’ 😂

Thanks for supporting me and helping me.

Fliss x

GB Performance Pathway Squad Training Camp, first one for 2019 🇬🇧 

Hello! Here’s my blog about the weekend.

Friday 12 April 2019

Mum and I drove up to Lilleshall in the afternoon. There was so much traffic and some incidents and fire engines so it took 5 hours. We came off the motorway and went the countryway to make it more pleasant, instead of all the traffic at Birmingham. We then suddenly arrived in the lovely grounds of Lilleshall. Most of the main buildings are old and it’s got very pretty gardens and grounds. 

We had a room at Lilleshall to stay the night, it was in a different building to where I’ve stayed before. It was really near the gym. We were told we could have tea in the dining room if we went straight away. It was cool to stay in the room with my Mum. ♥ 

I am really excited. It’s great to be back at squad. I want to try hard, learn new things, and show what I can do. I have new upgrades to show 😉 I can’t believe how much has happened since we were last here for my Compulsory Level 1 grade competition only two and half months ago (I won bronze AA 🥉!) I’ve had my Florida trip and comp, the English Championships 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 and the British Championships 🇬🇧. It’s crazy 🤪 

Saturday 13 April

We had breakfast in the hall at 8.30am. We had a quick walk around. 

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I then got ready. I liked this quote over our beds. 

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We checked out at 9.30am and met Kelly in the carpark, as she’d driven up to Lilleshall and left Devon very early! We also met my other three SW teammates. We went over to the gym at 10.10am and started training at 10.30am. Mum said that the parents were allowed to watch for 15 mins then Mum said they went to British Gymnastics offices for a talk and video and chat, then had a tour. Mum left after that to drive all the way home. 

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I was sharing a room with a friend I know from other GB squads. That was really nice. ☺ 

I had a great first day! I did 3 more tkachevs 🎉 and Kelly got this great photo of me doing my change to ring leap on the beam. 

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We had tea in the dining room. I had chicken, rice and vegetables. 

I phoned home (E.T phone home 😂) before bedtime to tell my family how I’d got on and what good things I’d done today. 

Sunday 14 April 2019. 

We had to get up early! We were awake at 7am and went to breakfast at 7.30am. Then we could have 30 mins to chill before going over to the gym. I found it quite hard to be at my best in the morning. 😂 But I was much better after lunch! ☺ 

I had a fantastic experience and it’s such a great opportunity for me to learn from top National Coaches. I want to learn all I can. I really liked seeing friends that I already know and loved meeting new gymnasts and making lots of new friends. Everyone was really nice. 

The coaches we had teaching us for the weekend were great National Coaches. I find it hard to understand the dance teacher’s accent sometimes, but I try hard and somehow work out what she wants me to do. I like that she knew my name ☺ 

While we were there we were trying to find out and were able to watch some of The European Champs in our break. It was apparatus finals for GBR Alice and Claudia. They were both incredible. I can’t believe it, Alice won gold on beam! Wow, really Wow. 

We finished at 5.15pm after a full day. It was hard work but great! Kelly then drove me all the way home in her car. Thank you so much Kelly. I actually stayed awake for most of the journey this time 😂, and we got to chat. 

I can’t wait to go back to Lilleshall for the next GB Performance Pathway Squad training.

Thank you for reading this and supporting me as I keep trying to get better and better and move forwards. ☺ 

Fliss 

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Flying, double tucks, double twists 🤸‍♂️ and training after The British 🇬🇧 

Hello. It’s been four weeks since the British Champs and I’ve been having fun and working hard in the gym to get some new upgrades. Here’s my blog.
Weds 20 March. We are in a new training routine starting this week, so Weds is now my day off. It feels a bit strange.
Thurs. We train on this day now instead of Weds. It’s supposed to be 4.30pm – 8.30pm but I have to arrive half an hour later as I have something on at school. Dance! We made up a dance to Ellie Downie’s floor music today. 😍
Friday 10am – 5pm. My hair was crazy after my hard work today. I was really tired at the end of the day.

Mum made one of my favourite teas, spicy sausage pasta. I ate loads! As an athlete I know it is really important to eat well and have a balanced diet with lots of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins to feed my body and give me energy and strength. I also had yummy fruit salad. I really think about what I eat. I want to help myself be the best gymnast inside and out.
Sat 23 March 12-5pm. Arghh. I have a big fat lip. I cut my lip inside. I kneed myself doing basics in the gym. Doh.
We watched the Gymnastics World Cup on TV today. Mustafina from Russia was great, and she’s had a baby and come straight back!
Sun. A relaxing day off!!!
Mon 4-8pm. We had to write down our goal for the week. I did a full twist double tuck off bars with spot into pit today! I was a bit early on my twisting but it was my first try. 😂
Here’s just a photo of me on bars over pit.

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It was hard and sweaty conditioning, even in between my fingers were so sweaty!
This nice message was in the foyer today on the wall. Thanks Falcons.

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Tues 4-8.30 pm It was a good session. At school we had to write about something we love. I wrote about gymnastics 😂 😂 😂
Weds A nice chilled evening off.
Thurs. 4.30-8.30pm. A good session. I might be flying tomorrow! 😉 🤪
Fri 10-5pm I did some tkatchevs on bars with spot! I had to release the bar and catch it again.

It felt really good. I was a bit nervous to start, but I did fly! I practised my upgraded tumbles and my double back on track again. Beam was OK too.
Arghh in the last half an hour of conditioning I rolled my ankle. 😔 Ouch it hurt. It was really sore all night and I got upset. I iced it and put bruise cream on it. I hope it gets better soon.
But, I tried to think about my positive news today. Kelly did send my Mum these videos of my first flying experience. It was great.

Sat 12-5pm My foot hurt and I was a bit upset. I had to warm up on fast track and could not tumble or vault today. I did some double spins on beam though ☺ I was practicing my crouch spins on beam too.
Sun. A rest day with my family. ☺ It was Mothers day. I took the time to look after my foot and my Mum! 😂 .
Mon 1st April 4-8pm My foot was better today. I did lots of stretches this morning, I think that helped.
I did some more tkatchev practice on bars. It was my third day. It went really well. ☺ Only Kelly needed to spot me, so I only had one spot.

Guess what I did on track?! Straight front straight front DOUBLE twist! Yay. 🎉 After I did one of them, one of my favourite songs came on in the gym… Whitney Houston’s ‘I just wanna dance with somebody’. It was like my celebration song. ☺ 😂

Dad thinks I’d be good at long jump, but doing it in a different way as I travel so far. 😂

I put some Fisiocrem on my ankle and foot to help it before bed.
Tues 4-8.30pm
Weds 3rd April Day off
Thurs. I had double PE at school then the whole school had to do a cross country race. It was really tough. I came 2nd out of all the Year 7 girls in the whole secondary school. I could have come 1st, but I didn’t know where go, but 2nd is great too. ☺ I felt so tired and dizzy and had a headache at the end of school. I just wasn’t feeling very well. I couldn’t train at gym.
Fri 5 April 10am-5pm. I did lots of tkachev practice today. My shoulders were killing me! I needed a massage. ☺
Sat 12-5pm
Sun off
Mon 3-8pm. It was a good session. Mike had to help spot me on bars as Kelly had a really painful neck. I hit my heel on the bar so I think I will have a bruise. 😤
Tues 9 April. 10am – 5pm. I had a great first session. I have loads of news to tell you!!! I am so happy. I did two big skills today.
My first time on my own and I did it! I can fly 😂 I actually did a tkatchev on bars over pit on my own. It felt weird letting go then actually catching it and doing an upstart. I know what it feels like now though, so it won’t feel weird again. ☺

I also did my double tuck on floor. 🎉 This was the goal I set myself for this week. I did 3 tries. On two of them I over rotated so fell back, but that’s good as it’s better to over rotate rather than under rotate. My height was good and when I take away the mat I’ll be even higher. This is my good attempt.

This has been a really big memory day for me. I am very pleased. If you believe in yourself you can achieve anything. It’s a Terrific Tuesday. I will keep positive. I just need to keep working on these upgrades when I go to GB Performance Pathway camp at Lilleshall this weekend.
Weds. A nice day off for me. It was Devon Squad today, but I was allowed a day off, as I have so many hours training this week and GB Performance Pathway Squad all weekend at Lilleshall. So…it was beach fun!!! 😍 🏖

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Thurs 2-8pm. A great session, and I did another Tkatchev! ☺ I needed to make sure I took all my kit from the gym as tomorrow I travel to Lilleshall.

I’ve been catching up on all the news about the European Gymnastics qualifications. We had 3 GBR girls in the top 5 (Alice, Ellie and Amelie) but only 2 can go through as it can only be 2 for each country. I think that is a shame. It should be the very best that go through to the finals no matter what the country. I feel sorry for Amelie. I hope I can watch some of the routines on TV when we are at Lilleshall 🤪 I hope I’ll be competing at the Euros one day. 🤞 😍
Bye for now.
Thanks for reading and supporting me.

Fliss x

🇬🇧 British Championships 2019! 🇬🇧 My first ever experience competing as an Espoir.

Hello again. Here’s my diary blog of my very first British. ☺ 

Tues 12 March 4-8.30pm. I had a good session and I ran through all of my routines in our Falcons gym tonight. I am ready to go! 💪 I will try and go clean at the comp. 

Weds 13 March 2019

Kelly did my hair early in the morning!

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Then Dad, Mum, Jack, Bella and me drove to Liverpool. It took 5 hours and it was quite an easy journey. In the car I sent a video to Nile Wilson to say that I was thinking of him and sending him a get well message and and hoping he’d be at the British again soon, and that I was about to do my very first one! I am sad he is injured. (He sent a video message to me when I had my head injury, so I wanted to do one for him.)

We parked our car in the city centre and walked to the Albert Docks to our hotel. Our room was lovely and so close to the M&S bank arena – it was only a couple of minutes to walk. My bed was by the window. Wow! I had a wonderful view of the Docks.  Look! Our hotel was a converted warehouse and I really liked it.

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I am cool as a cucumber and looking forward to the comp. 🥒 ☺ 😂

Thurs 14 March 2019 – BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 🇬🇧 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Espoir, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

I was in the second round, so we arrived at the arena about 10am.

We got my accreditation lanyard, and met Kelly.

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We walked into the very big arena. Wow! I found out that when it is full 11,000 people can be in there!

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We sat and watched the first round. I think all the GB National coaches were sat in the row right behind me 😂 Beth Tweddle also came and sat right behind me. 😂 I hoped that my routines could be good in front of them.

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I then went to register with Kelly.

I got to reveal my special new UNIQUE leotards that I designed and Quatro made. I love them! Thanks Quatro for my short sleeve warm up and long sleeve comp leo. My family said they really really sparkled and looked fabulous. My gem design was like a Scorpion. We thought it was like I could have a sting in my tail 😂 I love the pink yellow and white colours and think it suits my skin and my hair (it suits me 😂) so I wanted to get a design with these.

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After the general warm up and apparatus warm ups we had to start the comp by coming out onto the stage with lights and music and our names being read out. I was starting on vault so had to line up backstage. 

When I came out at the beginning, Mum and Dad said that the announcers said my Ayres name wrong. I didn’t actually notice as I was just trying to see through all the smoke and try not to fall down the steps! I really couldn’t see that well but I waved to the crowd OK. ☺ 🖐️

 

 

We competed at the same time as the Under 12 boys.

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One of the Falcons coaches, Gemma and her school gymnasts came to watch me. They were cheering a lot. 🎉

The scores have a D for difficulty E for execution and there are deductions and bonuses which are added to make the total score.

I found that the arena and equipment took a while to get used to so warm ups weren’t great. It was a huge place. The bars seemed a bit slippery. I practised my straight front straight front full on floor but it wasn’t working right, which I was a bit disappointed about, so we decided not to put it in my floor routine.

My first rotation was Vault. We all had two vaults.

 

 

 

My scores were V1 D:3.5 E:8.55 deduction 0.1 Total 12.050

V2 D:3.5 E:8.65 Total 12.105. My best vault.

Bars was next. I fell once on bars, which I am annoyed about, because I thought I might have just made the bars final if I could go clean on the day. After the English I put in my stalder to increase my difficulty. I just had to go for it! I had to go for all the handstands. Oh well. My routine didn’t go quite to plan, but I still did a good job. I know I can do it.

 

My bars scores was D:2.8 E:7.25 Total 10.050

Then it was Beam.

I fell once on beam, on my flic tuck, which was a shame. I actually landed it but lost my balance a bit. My skills were nice.

 

 

 

My scores on beam were D:4.2 E:7 deduction 0.1 bonus 0.2 Total 11.3.

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That picture is me doing my free walkover, taken by a professional called Alan Edwards. I really like both photos. ☺

Then it was floor. My floor was good.

 

 

My scores were D:3.4 E:8.35 bonus 0.2 Total 11.950

My vault score and floor scores were higher than the English Champs, which makes me smile.

Even though I did have falls, which was frustrating for me, my routines were good and neat. There were many very very good gymnasts in my Espoir category. I was also against girls that are 12 and 13 years old.

I am proud of myself today. It wasn’t perfect but I had fun.

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In the end I came 30th out of 47 gymnasts at my first British.

On floor I was 16th. My execution score was high 8.35

 

I was happy with my competition floor routine. I performed it well and got a high execution score. Mum and Dad said it looked stunning.

Mum said that Mike arrived in time to watch my comp and Adam and George saw my floor.

Lots of our friends were watching it live on the BG Score app. They could see the live streaming and me on the screen. Mum said she was getting lots of messages telling her people at home were so excited watching! Thank you everyone.

What an experience for my first British. Thank you Kelly for getting me here. I will keep working hard, and I know what skills we are going to work on next. I am proud that I am the first Falcons female gymnast to ever qualify to compete at the British. ☺ I am determined to make next year and will keep being positive. I hope to make some finals next time. 

After the comp, we went and got some food in Pizza Express just outside, and saw some Falcons friends who came to watch and said how great it was to watch me.

We then watched and cheered on the Falcons boys Adam and George in the U18 comp. They were awesome! Adam got several medals, and George placed well. We were still there at 10pm! It was a long day! I got a T shirt of the British Champs with has my name on the list on the back. 😍

This is what our hotel wardrobe looked like! A gymnast’s wardrobe. 😂

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Once my comp was over I could enjoy the rest of my weekend here watching gymnastics, exploring Liverpool and more gymnastics!…And 3 days off gym for me!

 

When I get back in the gym I am going to be out of routines!! Yay. I’ve been doing them for months and months and focusing so hard. Now I get to do new skills and try things out. I have had competition after competition, four comps (Compulsory 1 at Lilleshall, Presidential Classic at Florida USA, English Championships at London and British Championships at Liverpool) all in the last 6 weeks!!!! It’s been crazy, and exhausting. I have travelled a lot! I can have fun time in the gym now and learn new things, it’s like play time 😂 My GB Performance Pathway camp at Lilleshall is 3 weeks away, so maybe I can try new skills then too. ☺ 🇬🇧

 

Friday 15 March

It was a day to chill and explore and go shopping in Liverpool. There were so many shops! I like shopping☺ I couldn’t buy too many things though as I am saving my money. Oh my days, I did find my favourite shop ever, Lindt. I love Lindor chocs. They are my treat to myself whenever I can!

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We saw lots of gymnasts around. Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, our Falcons competitors Adam and George and my Falcons gymnast friends Rosie and Bella that came to watch. They said they were all watching me on the live stream yesterday and think I am amazing and my floor was stunning, which is so kind.

 

Sat 16 March.

We met Falcons friends Maddie, Charlotte and their parents outside the arena in the queue and also Ryan. Ryan was competing in the Men’s seniors.

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It was a fantastic day. Ryan was incredible! We were shouting and screaming. He got a bronze on vault!

 

Giarrni was awesome. We spoke to him in our hotel in the morning. All the boys and girls seniors were all awesome. I loved Alice Kinsella, Kelly, Claudia, Georgia-Mae, Amelie and many more. We met Nile Wilson who was there supporting.

 

We saw Kelly Simm and Georgia Mae Fenton in our hotel. My sister got selfies! 

 

 

Sunday 17 March.

We watched all the apparatus finals all day.

I felt annoyed with myself that I hadn’t made a final (bars), but I will make it next year. 💪 🤞

 

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I think it’s terrible that not enough people watch the boys. On Thursday and Sunday lots of people left after the girls had finished.

 

In the Masters finals on Pommel Adam was against Max Whitlock MBE. Adam also did Rings. Ryan did Vault. They were brilliant and were on TV. Bella and I were in the background near the end of the women’s vault run in the front wearing yellow tops, next to our friends, waving at the cameras at the end of the vaults. Several of our family and friends said they saw us on TV.

We drove back home after the Masters. It took 5 hours to get to north Devon. We got back at 11.15pm.

Mon 4-8pm training. I was tired!

I just can’t stop watching Ellie Downie’s floor. I absolutely LOVE IT. It makes me so excited and tingly. I love the music, the dance choreography (it’s really put together well), the gymnastics. All of it 💞 Wow. How has she come back like this? I want to watch it over and over again. WATCH!

 

Claudia Fragapane’s come back from her injury is also amazing! Wow!

I have been watching the videos of my own routines. I can watch the recordings of the judges cameras on BG score app. It makes me feel excited and happy that I actually look good! I can see how my skills look instead of how they just feel to me. I am annoyed I came off bars and beam because all my elements were really nice.

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Tues 4 – 8.30pm. Kelly said I had worked really hard today. Guess what?! I did my double back on track tonight. Yes! I am really pleased. 💪 🎉

 

 

 

 

I shall keep learning and being positive and determined. ☺ I have lots to do.

Thank you for reading this and supporting me.

Fliss

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My Four Year Compulsory Level Journey to get to the British Championships 2019!🇬🇧

Hello, welcome to my new blog. On Wednesday I will travel to Liverpool to the British Gymnastics Championships. I can’t believe that I have earned my place. It’s amazing. I am excited, scared, nervous all at the same time. It’s such a big competition. I really want to be there, and I am going to be there! I feel very proud to be going and competing. My family and I have been thinking about my gymnastics journey to get there. It’s taken four years of competing and passing my Compulsory Levels, 4, 3, 2, 1. I’ve had to do four years of compulsory level national finals. It’s taken me hours and hours of training, with many ups and downs, but I made it! Kelly Park, my coach, has been with me all the way.

Here’s my National Results from the last four years, and my videos. I thought it would be fun to look at my routines and how far I’ve come. 💪 ♥

May 2016 – Compulsory Level 4 – Stoke on Trent

7th AA (All around)

Range and conditioning 4th, Bars 7th, Beam 9th, Floor 11th, Vault 12th

I was part of the South West Team with my friends and we came first. We were the BRITISH TEAM CHAMPIONS.

 

May 2017 – Compulsory Level 3 – Stoke on Trent

7th AA

1st Bars – I was the National Champion.

2nd Range and Conditioning

My Falcons team mate Kayleigh competed too.

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Then, on 15 May 2017  (I will always have that date in my mind) I had my major gym accident. That’s when I fell on bars and suffered major head trauma. I had a fractured skull, bruising of the front of my brain, and a bleed on my brain. I had to be taken in an ambulance all the way from north Devon to Bristol Children’s Hospital for one week. When I went home I needed 3 months recovery to heal (I could only do some conditioning) before I could properly start to train again, and go upside down.

May 2018 – Compulsory Level 2 – Stoke on Trent

I scored 57.625 and passed! The pass mark was 55. I was so pleased to have achieved this, after my accident.

26th AA.

 

February 2019 – Compulsory Level 1 – Lilleshall National Sports Centre

3rd AA – BRONZE MEDAL!

1st Range and Conditioning

3rd Bars

3rd Beam

4th Floor

My score was 63.15, and the pass mark was 55!

 

Here are some photos taken by professional photographer Jim Wileman, and my comp videos taken by my Dad for each piece each year.

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On Friday it was International Women’s day. Mum and I were talking about it and I said that I thought the most important thing that women have done for our country is earning women the right to vote, these women were known as the Suffragettes. Thinking about gymnastics though, I think Beth Tweddle was amazing. She really fought hard, achieved great things and got female British Gymnastics to be known. I want to be strong and inspire others too, if I can.

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This is how people can follow the British Championships if they are not actually there.

https://www.british-gymnastics.org/news-and-events/news/latest-news/8175-how-to-follow-the-2019-gymnastics-british-championships

I’m really liking the song ‘Giant’ by Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Boneman. I think this is going to be my British Gymnastics song…’I am a giant. I would be nothing without you holding me up, now I’m strong enough for both of us. We’ll be breaking boulders underneath our feet.’

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Thank you for reading and watching this and helping me on my journey. 🤞 

Fliss

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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 My first English Championships and I bring home a medal! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

On Thursday Mum, Dad and me drove to Redbridge Sports Centre in Essex. It took 4 and half hours in the car. It was a long drive. I did all my maths homework in the car and emailed it to my teacher 😂 The life of a competing gymnast! 😂 I still felt like I had a cold and cough. We met Kelly there. Podium training started at 4.15pm. It was a chance to run through my routines, which is the first time there has been podium training for a comp of mine. There was brand new Gymnova equipment! We were the first group in so we were the very first to use it.

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I had a good session, and felt ready. Kelly did my hair then we went to our hotel. We saw some other coaches and gymnasts there too.

Friday 1 March 2019

My first English Gymnastics Championships. I am an Espoir gymnast now so compete against two year groups which are 11 year olds, 12 year olds and 13 year olds. I know many of the first year Espoir, many are my friends, but I don’t know the second years. There were 3 rounds of gymnasts today in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Espoir Category. I was in the first round and we got to the Sports Centre at 7.30am. It was quite quiet there then. 😂

 

 

After our warm up upstairs, we came into the arena to warm up on the apparatus. Then we had to march in for the competition. It went dark and we had lights and music while our names were read out.

 

 

My first rotation was Vault. I only had one vault. I went clean. The judges didn’t put their hands up to say they were ready for me to go. I didn’t know when to go, I had to look at the big screen to read my name and the GO next to it! On all the other pieces the judges put their hands up.

 

 

Then it was Bars. My warm up was a bit wobbly. The bars seemed slippery. My routine went well. I went clean. I didn’t think my bars was really really amazing, but people kept telling me it was really good!

 

 

 

Then we went to rest rotation.

Then Beam. My free cartwheel and free walkover was nice. ☺ I was happy with that.

 

 

 

Then Floor. It felt like my floor at the gym.

 

 

 

My last rotation was rest again.

After the first round of about 30 gymnasts I was placed first AA, first on bars and third on beam.

I was happy I was in the first round to get my routines done. There were two more rounds of gymnasts to go. 🤞 🤸‍♂️

We then stayed with Kelly and watched the other two rounds all day!!! 🤪 🤪 At the end of the afternoon Mike, Ryan, George and Adam arrived from Falcons. It was great to see them. They were going to do their podium training after our comp.

We also saw Ellie Downie, Kelly Simm, Claudia Fragapane, Amelie Morgan, Phoebe Jakubczyk and Alice Kinsella. They are amazing Senior gymnasts 😍 They were signing autographs.

Alice is my British gym idol. I used Kelly’s phone to get a selfie with her! ☺ 🎉

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At 8pm it was the medal presentation ceremony. I didn’t know the final results before we had to march in with the boys that had competed that day too. There were 97 girls, so we had to line up in two lines in front of each other. There were so many of us!

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Oh my days, I came 6th AA. I also came 6th on Beam and got a BRONZE 🥉 medal on Bars. I am really happy. I want to say a big thank you to Kelly for helping me.

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.gymdata.co.uk/events/scores.aspx?type=individual&eid=913&coid=1

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We left at 8.40pm and went to get some food and then drove 2 hours to Swindon. It was such a long day. I slept in the car as I was so tired. We stayed in a hotel for the night.

 

Saturday 2 March. Good luck to the Falcons boys at the English Champs today and tomorrow. I am now in the car while Dad drives us back to Devon. I need to get back in the gym at 12pm to keep training. The life of an elite gymnast 😂 😂 🤸‍♂️. Only 10 days until The British Championships!!! 💪 🤞

 

 

https://www.british-gymnastics.org/news-and-events/news/latest-news/8168-schedule-announced-for-2019-gymnastics-british-championships

 

Thank you for reading this and supporting me in what I do. 🤸‍♂️

Fliss x

 

My amazing Falcons journey in Florida!!! A roller-coaster of a time 🇺🇸 , but now it’s the English Champs 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ! 

Tuesday 12 Feb… .Whoop. It’s here! I have been crossing the days off my calendar on my bedroom door for days and days and now I am so excited because I’m going to Florida with my Falcons team! I am so excited!!!

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Weds 13 February 2019. I had to get up at 2am, as we left the house at 2.30am to go to the Falcons car park to meet the rest of my friends and coaches to get on the coach to London. Mum didn’t even go to bed as we didn’t want to miss it. 😂

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It was a long coach ride to Gatwick Airport. We then flew to Orlando in a big aeroplane. Everyone at home told us that we flew over north Devon and they saw our plane! It was a 10 hour flight. I sat by the window. The flight was OK. I coped with it. I watched Mamma Mia ☺

 

 

 

 

 

Our villa was so cool!  It was big enough for all of us, with a pool and games rooms. The villa pool was great. I took two blow up unicorns in my suitcase for us all to use there. ‘Be yourself unless you can be a unicorn’ 🦄 😂

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Thursday 14 Feb. The first place I went to on my American journey was Animal Kingdom. When I got into Animal Kingdom me and my gym family went straight to the safari, I saw many different animals like: elephant [baby elephant], hippo, giraffe, flamingo, different types of birds, lion, tigers, rhinos and crocodiles. After that we all went to the Yeti ride.

When we finally got through to the ride after a long wait stuck in a queue I went on the ride next to one of my friends. I started to panic because it looked like it was going up very high and that was my first proper roller coaster in the park. After I got off the ride I was so happy because it was so so so fun and I would do it again any time.This ride was one of my top favourite rides.

After that we went to watch the Lion King show and that was FANTASTIC. I even got to help them out and join in with the lovely ending song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After all this, we decided to go back to the villa, relax and have some food.

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Friday 15 Feb 2019 Competition day for me at the ESPN World Wide Sports.

It was The Presidential Classic. We even met up with an old friend who used to go to Falcons!

It was a humongous arena to compete in. Wow!

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I was competing at Level 9. I felt kind of  OK but my comp didn’t really go to plan!!! 😔 Oh dear. I was so tired and my legs weren’t that powerful.  I had a headache. I had some falls. 😔 😔 It just wasn’t my comp at all It’s not the end of the world though. I have to take the rough with the smooth. I will move on. I did come 13AA.

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We had three days of going there for all our boy and girl competitions. We supported each other.

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Once the competition days had finished we could relax and have fun. We went somewhere near the villa for some water time.

Monday 18 Feb. Hollywood Studios day!

Dad can’t believe that I went on the Tower of Terror. I think he’s proud of me. 😂

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The Rockin’ Roller-coaster was so much fun. It was one of my favourites. There was loud music, and I liked going into the band’s recording studio on the way to the ride. We had to make sure our heads were right back in the seat before it started as it went super super fast. It did loop the loop which was fantastic! 

My other Florida favourites:-

The shopping was amazing!!! I would have liked to buy so many things. I want to go back and buy all the things I couldn’t get. It was so nice. I will save up all my money!

Our car was cool. It was a 7 seater car and we sang songs in it.

You must get into the parks first thing in the morning. In Hollywood Studios we all ran really fast to the catch the Slinky ride first before all the other visitors.

Other things I remember.

The car parks cost lots of money, 25 dollars! We needed money to go on the private roads with less cars, called toll roads.

Some of the park queues were 2 hours long! We played Uno card games. 😂

The ice cream was goooooood!

You needed to use your fingerprint and card to get into the parks. It was useful to have our cards on our lanyards round our necks. 👍

Tuesday 19 Feb. Magic Kingdom. I liked this park too. The Log flume ride was so long and so great! We went back in the evening to see the Fireworks. These were really fabulous.

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Wednesday. Shopping!!!

 

 

 

 

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Then we had to fly back. The airports were really strict on security. The flight home was overnight and was OK.  The coach got back to our gym at 1.30pm on Thursday. I saw Mum, Jack and Bella waiting for me and spoke to Dad on the phone, as he was still at work. It was so lovely to see them. ♥ I said a big Thank You to my Falcons coaches, Mike, Kelly, Katie, Paul and Kacey for looking after me and giving me a great time in America.

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I went home for an hour

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then went back to gym to do conditioning and stretching for 1 and half hours!  I found it hard. 🤯 My throat really hurt and I had nearly lost my voice.

I really wanted a roast dinner. I craved it so much. 😂 We had my favourite roast pork and I ate lots. I then started to type my blog on the computer, it also helped, as I didn’t need to talk! I had an English cup of tea and dipper! I felt really tired but I needed to try and stay awake until proper bedtime.

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I also had loads of fruit salad, which I really wanted. Yum!  I really craved fruit! 

I slept for 13 hours and then slept again in the morning for 1 hour! My throat was so sore and my chest was wheezy, but I knew I had to get into gym to train for 4 hours. I have the English Championships next week!!! I survived.

I saw our school magazine, Park News. I am in it! ☺

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In the Falcons entrance area there is a really nice Welcome Home wall and a new display of hall of fame and past achievements!

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This is also up in the gym which I haven’t put on my blog before.

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Falcons have made a film of the fun bits of our trip to Florida! 

 

I am tired and have jet lag (I know what that is now 😂) my throat is sore, I have a cough and wheezy chest but I needed to train as normal once I got back to England. I had a day off on Sunday and felt a bit better.

Mon 4-8pm I am still struggling with my chest and throat but I managed routines.

Tues 4-8.30pm. I’m still not feeling totally well, but I will be able to rest tomorrow after school and try to get really better.

I’ve seen the new advert for Nike. I love it!!!!  It has brilliant female athletes in it who have achieved amazing things. It’s got my gym idol Simone Biles in it too. Please watch it

 

…I’m crazy like them 😂

I write notes on my whiteboard to myself every night. I read it in the morning and it helps to motivate me in the morning for my amazing day that lies ahead. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything in the world.

I am off to London on Thursday for the 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 English Championships. I compete on Friday. 🤸‍♂️

Just like the Nike video, let’s show what crazy can do. 💪 💪 💪 🤸‍♂️ 🦄

Ohhhh….and today this arrived!!!

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My Quatro leotard for The British Championships. I am so excited!!! Thanks Quatro! I’ve designed my very own leotard and they’ve made it for me. You’ll have to wait to see it. ☺

Thank you for reading and supporting me every step of the way.

Fliss x