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Summer 2020 – First 7 weeks back in the gym after lockdown, England Squads and back to school!

Hello again. Here’s my blog about returning to the gym during the summer holidays after 4 months of lockdown at home, and then coping with going back to school as well!

It’s been seven weeks of trying to build things up again very slowly with my gymnastics, adding my hours carefully and getting used to new systems and programmes, but it’s been so good to be back in the gym doing real gymnastics again!

Monday 27 July 2020
We did a Zoom training session at home for 45 mins from 8.45am, as it was wet outside. I got all hot and sweaty. Then, I changed into my leotard (the first time I have put on a leotard for months!) and jumped in the car.

I met my squad friends at Falcons. I was so excited but a bit nervous.


The coaches need to take our temperatures at the door and no adults are allowed in. Every one has to social distance. I had to clean equipment and fill out a feedback form after my session. We did a two hour session. I was tired. We did easy skills and tasks, but it was hard! Rock hard! I feel that over lockdown I have kept myself really fit, doing cardio work (runs and cycle rides with my family) and lots of hours each day with conditioning and daily challenges! It’s different being in the gym though, but I think I have given my body the best chance to survive!

I went on metal bar and did some giants and a few other things. I thought I might only be doing up starts! 😂 Ouch, I hit my shins on the METAL bar! On fast track I did some roundoff flic straight backs. On high beam, I can’t believe that I managed to do a free cartwheel. Yay! That’s because I’ve been practicing on the floor and low beams during lockdown.

One thing I need to do is I need to try and remember that my attempts in the gym don’t have to be perfect. (But I want them to be perfect!) . I was so hungry and tired. I went straight home for a shower and poached eggs on toast! It was just want I needed, and then I watched some TV under some cosy blankets!

Tuesday. I am feeling achy today! 😂 My core is really sore.
We did training outside on the field 10-11.30am

Weds 9.45am – 12.45pm I was excited to get back into the gym! We did some outdoor running before two hours in gym then conditioning outside after. I was sweaty and tired.

Thursday 30 July. It was my day off from Falcons but not my day off 😂 I had an England Squad Zoom session in the afternoon. Ben from English Institute of Sport took a session with us – Strength and Conditioning workshop.
It was like a physics lesson too, about forces and stimulus. The forces through my body. He said that technique is’ King’ and we needed to prepare our bodies well for landings and take offs. I need elasticity for explosion!

I had to fill a rucksack with 10% of my body load and do exercises! We talked about lots of things and body parts like quads, hamstrings, calves and strength training.

I then had to put 20% of my body weight in my rucksack then squat, and then on one leg. It was very hard.



After my England Zoom, I went to the beach and met up with a few of my lovely school friends. The first time I’ve seen them since school closed in March. It was so nice. The afternoon was hot and sunny and it was fantastic to be in the sea!


Friday 31st July.
Mum and I ran to Falcons this morning with Dash. It was such a beautiful morning, but hot! I was sweaty.
We trained outside 9.30am then went in the gym for a couple of hours. I had a good session. I did my flic tuck on high beam with mats. ☺

Saturday – day off
Sunday – I ran to gym with Mum and Bella. In the gym we did 10-11.30am of conditioning and stretching.

Monday. I ran to the gym with Mum again. It was really nice. Training 9.45am-12.45pm. Guess what I did! Flic tucks on the high beam with only two mats underneath.
Tues 4 August. It was my day off, but my family and I went coasteering along the rocks at Hele Bay. I jumped off rocks that were soooo high. It was scary and a real challenge. But I did it! It was fun.
Weds – Ran to gym with Mum for training 10am-1pm
Thurs – We did our programme at home today.
Friday – I ran to gym with Mum and Bella. In the gym I did double backs on track! But I felt sick when I was on bars. It was really hot outside and I think I overheated, so I went home slightly early.

Saturday – day off so we went for a family countryside picnic.

Sunday – It was my first four hour session 12-4pm. It was a really good session for me. ☺ I did my free walkover on beam, my forward giants on bars were better and some other skills. It was a very hot and sunny day. I felt good and I’m happy to be doing gymnastics skills again. I didn’t have any real fear today.

Mon 10 Aug 9.15am-1.15pm. We didn’t run to gym today as I thought my legs would not make the programme otherwise!
Ouch. I crashed on my flic mount on beam. I was really sad. I head butted the beam with my face and scrapped my nose and cut my lip and now I have a big swollen nose. It also bled. After that I didn’t go upside down but iced it. Hopefully I’ll look better in a day or two!
Tues – off. I had a really sore nose. It was so bruised. I wasn’t sure if I’d broken it. 😔
Weds off
Thursday – I couldn’t go to gym as my nose was still swollen and the pressure hurt when I went upside down. I was worried about hurting it too. It was upsetting.

It was another England Squad Zoom session today. 5-6.30pm. We were learning about nutrition and fueling our athletic bodies. It was interesting and a lot of information to understand. We actually cooked something too! Homemade chicken bites! Yummy. I think I realised that actually I eat really well already, and have the right foods.


Fri 14 August. 9.30am-12.30pm. I was happy to go to gym today, and it was a really really good day back for me! Yay!!! I didn’t feel scared. It was a good day on all the pieces. My nose was still a bit bruised but much better.
My giant fulls on bars were good. ☺
After gym we went to Croyde to stay by the sea in the caravan for a week. Yay! 🌊 I would still need to go to gym, but could come back to the caravan after.
Sat day off – It was time for fun on the water slide, in the rain!
Sun 10am -2pm
Mon 9.15am-1.15pm I was tired to start with but I got better!
Tues 18th August – day off from gym. I did a morning 4 mile run round the coast path with my family. It was great!


It was then a beach day with my family! It was sunny and hot. We did sea swimming, bodyboarding, had a fire and cooked s’mores. Then we went back to the beach and sea for more, and a BBQ til sunset. It was a busy day! Three beaches and lots of exercise in one day. It was exhausting but so much fun.
Weds day off. Rain. 😔
Thurs 12.30-4.30pm. A really good session for me in the gym ☺
Bars – I did three lots of the second half of my routine ☺I did Jeager preps.
Floor – I did three double tucks to land on a mat in the pit to level. ☺ I did some two and half twists to level mats.


Beam – my free walkover on the beam was better
Vault – I did some yerchenko open tuck turn onto mat in the pit.
Overall it was a good day on each piece. I’m feeling happy. I feel I am getting back slowly and carefully.
Sat off. A nice day to meet up with my friends. ☺
Sun 12-5. Arghh I am so tired. It was my first five hours session since coming back to the gym. My legs really ache.
My relations took me to gym today as my Mum was dancing for a filming day and Dad was working. I listened to some new floor music today, that might be mine!

Mon I felt really sad today. My gym friend decided that she wanted to leave gym. I’ll really miss her, but I understand. My body was really achy. I was also scared about doing something in gym and not having the pit available to do it in. 😔
Tues 25 August. 9.15am -1.45pm I felt happier today and I talked things through with Kelly and with Mum. I tried on our new competition leotard. It’s gorgeous!
Weds – we are still at Croyde caravanning. It was our surfing day and my day off from gym.
Thursday – Things didn’t really go right today. I just needed to say ‘oh well, never mind. Tomorrow is another day’.
I got my new Falcons competition leotard today! It’s beautiful and very sparkly!


Fri 9.30am-1pm A good day on all my pieces today! Whoop! ‘Tomorrow’ was another day!!!

We have managed to get all my medals up on the wall at home now, which is really nice. I feel proud.

These last five weeks since starting gym, I’ve kept fit by running (to gym or on my days off! 😂) , board boarding in the sea, kayaking, coasteering (jumping off big rocks into the sea) and cycling too. All with members of my wonderful family. 😍
Sat – Day off – We had such a lovely walk today.
Sunday 30 August 12-5pm, 5 hours of training. It was a good day. ☺
Bank hol Monday. A day off gym today, so I went for a 8 mile cycle ride to keep my cardio up, and to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors with my family. We met up with some more family and had a yummy BBQ. ☺ 🚴


Tues 4-8.30pm. My first night time training for months! It felt so weird.
There were other gymnasts starting and finishing at my times. It was dark when we came out. I was hot in the gym today. It was an OK session, I was a bit tired at the end.
Weds Day Off – we went kayaking again.


Thurs 5-9pm
Fri 12-4 Training with Kelly on my own
Sat day off
Sun 12-5. A GREAT day in the gym! I did on Vault for the first time a yercheko straight to a mat in the pit and on track a straight front double twist. Yay!!!
Back to school next week. Think I’m going to get very tired! I can’t wait to see my friends.

Week 1 back at school – September 7-13th. I went back to school after 5 and a half months! Trying to cope with school and my gymnastics training has been tiring but ok. I am still building up my gym hours, but I managed 21 hours in the gym this week, as well as school so I’m pleased. Friday was my half day at school and half day in the gym this week. It’s been good at school and good in the gym. Mum and Dad have supported me and always bring me hot food to eat in the car after training late at night! I’m always in need of some food!

I just hope that we are able to continue as the coronavirus is still worrying. Let’s all hope that everyone can stay safe and still do the things we love to do. From tomorrow though, we are not allowed by law to meet up as a group of more than six. I’ll miss seeing all my family. We will just need to speak on the phone and over Zoom.

Monday 14 September. I had tummy ache this morning. It was so hot during the day as it was 28 degrees in the afternoon. My tummy ache got better but then I had a bit of a headache. I needed to wear a crop top and shorts for my four hours of training tonight.

I had a bump on beam tonight. Ooh I have a sore graze on my thigh from a jump that didn’t quite go right.

Yesterday we had conditioning testing in the gym. I did really really well! I was amazed at the score I got! Maybe all my hard working during lockdown and the summer in the gym helped?

Tuesday 4-8.30pm. It was a good session (my leg has a big bruise!) and my bars went well.

Thank you for reading my blog and supporting me.

Fliss x

Lockdown as an elite gymnast during weeks 8-18. Now after 4 months it’s back to the gym!

Hello. It’s been eleven weeks since my last blog and now a total of 18 weeks in lockdown! I can’t really believe it. During this time I have done so much running, cycling and hours and hours of conditioning every day, daily challenges and lots of online school work. I’ve been so busy everyday. I feel fit and strong, and so excited to be getting back in the gym to do ACTUAL gymnastics after four months. But I need to take it slowly as I don’t want an injury and I think it might be a bit difficult and take time to get my skills back. I think the beam with look very high! I will stay positive and motivated. ☺

During four months of lockdown I have:

Cycled 170 miles 🚴, Run 150 miles 🏃, done about 90 daily challenges, held a Handstand Hold (without moving) on camera for 2 mins and completed 10 Straddle Levers (without coming down) on camera 💪. I am proud of what I have achieved in this strange time.

I have made a poster collage of my memories during lockdown.

I have four key words – Patience, Determination, Positivity and Family.

Here’s some of my activities and thoughts during the last eleven weeks of lockdown.

Week 8

Weds 13th May. The Government eased lockdown a bit, and so now we can drive to the beach. Yay!

My sister and I learnt the routine set by Nicole artistry, the Quatro dance, in our garden, which was fun to do together. It took us about an hour.

One of my daily challenges was leg holds on the bar, which I did for almost 1 min.

My Dad through work entered into a ballot and we won some special tickets to go to a picnic in the garden at Buckingham Palace, but because of the coronavirus it was cancelled. It was such a shame. I might have met the Queen!

More cardio! Run, run, run…

Week 9

I am starting to get a bit fed up as the coronavirus situation seems to be getting worse and I want to get out of this. ‘I’m a gymnast get me out of here!’ I don’t want time off gymnastics. It’s frustrating and going on so long. I don’t want it to be like this until Christmas.

Mon 18th May – my sister Bella’s birthday. We went to the beach!

Weds. I did such a fun daily challenge today! My Dad and I made up a pairs routine dance, and my sister helped too. It made me laugh so much 😂. It is good! ♥

Another daily challenge this week was one at a time calf raisers over a step. I did 108. Ouch, it killed.

I had some zoom sessions with my gym friends.

I am learning to skateboard! It’s really good for my balance and it’s exciting and fun.

Week 10 – Half Term

Monday was bank holiday and it was very sunny and hot, so we went to the beach for tea and a swim. My daily challenge was squat trusts leg lifts and chins.

Tuesday. Today the challenge was to create perspective gym photos. This was cool.

This week we have cycled in the countryside a lot! I am so glad that I get to do this with all my family.

My sister and I are logging all our runs for the Devon School Games (Virtual School Games) and we want to reach at least 40 miles in 4 weeks. Because of our ages, Bella would get a Gold certificate and I would get a Bronze. I am doing hours of hard conditioning too, so I don’t need to run any more than that!!!

Saturday. It was a gorgeous day today and we got up really early and went to the beach with our breakfast and lunch. It was so quiet and the sea was really blue and calm. We went in the sea and played games, and it was so nice.

Today I was finding my challenges really hard. I have a target to reach but I am frustrated as I can’t beat my score. I just can’t do it at the moment. I need to try again tomorrow.

Sunday. I tried again with my handstand hold and managed 1min 57s. That’s not bad! I find that I need to count the time in my head and not look at the timer as it gives me something to do and think about in order to pass the time. 😂

Week 11

The postman came and I received a certificate in the post! It was such a surprise. Thank you Falcons. ‘ Cardio Queen’

I had to create a poem all about gymnastics. I quite liked doing this. Here’s me speaking my poem.

I was feeling a bit sick one day this week, but I still did my daily challenge!

Saturday 6th June – This afternoon my Mum, my sister and I did some ballet together. It was really nice. We learnt Nicolesartistry’s challenge routine. Nicole posted our routine on her Instagram.

I also did some yoga balances with my sister.

Each weekend I am doing conditioning testing and trying to beat my point scores each week if I can. I am challenging myself to try to!

The testing involves straddle levers, handstand hold, sit ups, chin ups, leg dips, upper body and lower body and leg lifts. The bars we made in the garden are so useful!

Week 12

Every week I am taking a picture of my splits and all my leaps, to see if I can improve.

My knees are a bit sore, as I think my quads are tight. I need some massage! Mum will massage me, and I have also bought a massage gun, which is really useful to keep my body well.

For one of the daily challenges I had to hold a handstand on the floor bar. I did 10s. Another challenge was tuck lifts.

Another was handstand walks in the room. I walked for over 1 minute.

I think it’s going to be a bit scary back in the gym trying to get my skills again. I know it’s important to do conditioning but I want to do more than conditioning now. I want my gymnastics skills. I want to get the feelings that I used to feel doing them again! I want to see my friends. I miss hugs. I just have to keep myself busy doing fitness and making up lots of dance routines. At least my family can give me big hugs.

I have so much school work to do. Sometimes I am working late at night to get it all done. I always finish everything I am set as my education is very important to me.

Sunday. To cheer me up we went on another really long family countryside cycle ride, which was really really great. We even bought some yummy strawberries along the way. They were perfect. I LOVE strawberries. I would have strawberries instead of sweets!

Week 13

The #DevonVirtualGames running event has finished now. Bella and I completed 40 miles of running in 4 weeks. I got a bronze certificate.

It was my brother’s birthday on Tuesday, so we had a fun day.

I achieved my 10 straddle levers on camera again! Yay! Whoop whoop.

One daily challenge was to get from my knees to a pistol squat. It was hard!

On Thursday 18 June, I joined in with a dance workshop on Zoom with Danuisa Francis. She represents Jamaica at international gymnastic competitions.

Afterwards I taught the routine to my sister.

This week I did some more acro skills on the low beam and did my flic tucks, free walkovers and free cartwheels. I was really pleased. I met up with my gym friends in their garden and we created a conditioning exercise to music.

On Sunday we did a crazy 11 mile family bike ride. The hills were so steep! It was tough work! We saw some ash trees like this one. Mum told me about the Ash die back disease that is killing ash trees. It’s sad. We got back home really late.

Week 14

The weather has been so hot, 30 degrees, but we still keep running and cycling!

Saturday was International Handstand Day. Here are two of the photos that professional photographer Jim Wileman took of me during lockdown. We did socially distance!

The conditioning testing is getting so difficult to beat my scores now, but I keep trying!

I am getting a bit bored of online school work now and not being in the gym.

One of the daily challenges was as many tuck backs in 30s.

Week 15, 29 June -5 July

My photo and a short article about me is in DevonLife magazine! The editor phoned us up and Jim Wileman took some photos. It was good fun doing the photoshoot outside. I had to be brave and balance high up on wobbling logs.

Jim took lots of pictures. Here are a few more.

Three of my daily challenges were ‘d’ roll (I nearly did it!) and frog hold.

Another challenge combination was this. It was too wet and slippery outside so I had to make something inside!

I did my handstand hold for 2 minutes. Yes! It is not the best I have ever done (that is 2 mins 20 secs) but this makes me happy as it’s good.

I felt my conditioning testing went better this weekend. I felt stronger and quicker.

We have been painting and sorting out things at home. Mum found an old diary of mine that I wrote during the summer holidays in 2012. It was so amazing to find this page…31 August 2012, the day the new Falcons gym opened. I was 5 years old! I loved seeing this. Oh my days, I actually look cute! haha.

Week 16

I held my arms out with weights as long as I could for a challenge this week. It killed but I managed over 5 minutes. 💪

It was rainy on Wednesday, so we took gymnastics photos in the garden in the rain for the daily challenge. Here are a couple.

Thursday – Oh my days! The Government announced that gyms could reopen on 25th July!!!! Yay!!! I feel so happy to be going back into the gym. I am a bit nervous, and it will feel different and weird, but it is going to be so great.

I did planks in abnormal places.

Sat 11 July. I met up with my gym friends on the beach and we exercised and had fun. It was one of the best days.

Sadly there has been the news in the media about abuse and cruel treatments of gymnasts by coaches. There are many famous gymnasts that have come forward about physical and mental abuse. British Gymnastics are going to get an independent review. It is upsetting and sad that this has happened.

Week 17

The Final Countdown (I really like that song! da da da da, da da da da da) to the gym reopening on 25th July. There are zoom sessions and things for us to know and to do before we can go back in. We all have to be prepared.

I did more of my acro skills on the low beam again this week – free cartwheel, free walkover, flic tuck. It felt scary but I did them again!

More long cycle rides and runs as normal! Bella did some more conditioning training with me.

Sunday – I had so much school work to do today. I can’t wait for school to finish on Tuesday. It took me 4 hours, then I could go and run as my reward! So, I went to say ‘hello’ to the outside of my Falcons gym. ☺

Week 18

For school we had to complete a really long review of lockdown for all the subjects. It was an evaluation of the whole term. I had to try and think of everything we’d done, what I had completed well and what topics were tricky. I also had to say how I’d found my lockdown experience and what I’d achieved or learnt.

I did more flic tucks, free cartwheels and free walkovers on the low beam. Hooray!

On Thursday I had an 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ENGLAND WAG SQUAD Zoom Training Session. It was about Motivation and the person taking the session was a Psychologist from the English Institute of Sport. I think I am already really motivated but we talked about several concepts. We are going to have several other England sessions. It was good to be involved and to see gymnasts and coaches.

On Friday I played outdoor games with a few of my gym friends, and it was so nice to feel a bit more like normal.

I have been getting my gym kit ready to return to Falcons, cleaning it and sorting it and putting it in my new bag.

I’ve been thinking about songs I’ve listened to over this lockdown. I loved the Queen song, ‘Flash’, that Dad and I danced to. It was so funny. But I think the song that reminds me of the whole of lockdown the most is ‘Blinding Lights’ by the Weeknd. It was been on ALL the time, and we’ve done conditioning to it, dances to it, cooked with it on!

We watched a TV programme about Britain’s Best Olympics Moments, as it should have been the Toyko 2020 Olympics. It was so inspiring to see these athletes, and their dreams come true. When I was watching it there were other sports that really interested me and inspired me so much – rowing and athletics.

Never lose sight of your dreams. I never will.

Thank you for reading my blog, and supporting me on my gymnastics journey. (I am going to go to gym tomorrow!!!)

Fliss x

Me, an elite gymnast 🤸‍♂️ , during weeks 4-8 of lockdown 2020 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Hello. It’s been another five weeks of isolation. Actually it’s gone quite quickly! I am keeping myself very busy and as fit and conditioned as I can and eating well and taking care of my body so that hopefully I will be strong and ready when I get back in the gym. I really like getting outside to exercise with my family and seeing the countryside where I live as it helps my mind to keep positive too!

Here’s my blog.

Week 4 in isolation due to the coronavirus 13 April – 19 April

Easter Monday – the daily challenge today was calf raise hold. That is standing on my tip toes for as long as possible without moving. It was crazy. I did not move for 42 minutes!!! I was really determined to keep going and keep going. My tea even went cold as I was still holding my challenge! I really needed to stretch out after and have a bath and massage my calf muscles after that.

Other challenges I’ve done this week.

V sits

Leg dips

Mushroom hold

I’m also doing lots of conditioning programs everyday to keep strong and toned.Thursday 16th April – I should have been competing at the British Championships in Liverpool today as a second year espoir in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Espoir category. I was really ready to compete and wish I could have. It’s what I have been aiming towards for a year. But we all need to do the right thing and stay at home. We will be able to compete again one day. 🤞Here’s some photos from last year. It was such a big experience. ☺

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Here’s my floor routine from last year, 2019.

You can read my blog from last year’s British Championships if you’d like to. https://mygymnastics.blog/2019/03/22/%f0%9f%87%ac%f0%9f%87%a7-british-championships-2019-%f0%9f%87%ac%f0%9f%87%a7-my-first-ever-experience-competing-as-an-espoir/

Friday 17th April. It was #Handstanduptocorona today. We all took part! 😂

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Saturday. I wasn’t feeling well today, I had a headache and tummy ache. 😔

Sunday. A great 9 miles of cycling. We then came home and watched the live stream of the recorded British Championships Senior Finals from last year. My sister and I and some friends were on TV in the audience! Here’s one picture. ☺

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On the radio, the song that makes me think of the British Champs, my song, came on, ‘I am a giant’. This makes me smile ☺.I am now kind of getting used to this new routine now, but it makes me a bit worried that I will find it hard to get back into my old one! I am working really hard at home with all my fitness and my school work. I hope I am doing enough to keep on top of everything.

Week 5 in isolation 20 April – 26 April

This week we had some great hilly countryside family cycle rides.

Some of my daily challenges were:

Handstand walks to press ups

Squat down star jumps

Learning a Nicole artistry beam dance routineStanding on one leg with our eyes closed!Recreating a dance pose from a famous gymnast. I chose Alice Kinsella, who I think is Amazing! 😍

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Saturday 25th April – it’s my birthday today. Yay!!! I am 13 years old. 🎂 🎉

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I had this lovely post by Britishgymnewstics. Thank you!

I had my day all planned. We had zoom chats with my family and played lots of outdoor games with Mum, Dad, Jack and Bella – cricket, badminton, dancing etc. We also had chocolate cake and pavlova with blueberries and raspberries. My cousin Emily gave me this fantastic painting of me!!! It’s like the actual photo of me from the British Championships last year. I think it is so wonderful.

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I had a great birthday and received so many lovely cards. Here are some of my gym cards.

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Sunday 26th April – WOW! I was picked as the winner for the beam competition set by nicoleartistry and riowear leotards. I can’t believe it. I won something! I won a Riowear leotard. I feel so lucky.

Week 6 in isolation 27 April – 1 May

These weeks are going fast. I am still running or cycling nearly everyday 🏃🚲 , dancing and doing choreography and doing so much conditioning.I am still also doing daily fitness challenges. Some of these were:

Squat star jumps

Longest handstand without moving my hands. I did 2 mins 3s.

Chin changes

I received my leotard from Riowear and Nicoleartistry. Thank you so much! I love my red Union jack leotard.

My family made this silly video in the rain. It was just meant to be a bit of fun and make people smile!!! 😂 My brother did well videoing us.

Week 7 in isolation 4 May – 10 May

I have been running with my family. We usually do 4 miles. If I don’t go for a run, then we go cycling. It is really important that I keep my cardio up.

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I am still doing daily challenges and also conditioning with my friends on video calls most days or with my sister at home.Pike lever circles 5

Press ups – today my brother and Dad joined in with me! 💪 🎉 😂

Sit ups

I made a vision board.

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It was so lovely to see some of the other little Falcons gymnasts’s vision boards. I think it is amazing that some of these little gymnasts look up to me! ♥ That is so so special. I will try and keep being as good as I can be and hopefully inspire them.

I have so much school work to do online! My days are always full with school work for hours, gym work for hours and outdoor activities. Every day I make a plan for my day.My whole family go on many long cycle ride adventures in the countryside. Sometimes we go 8 miles, other times we go 15 miles or 16 miles. They are so much fun, even the hills! The other day we crossed rivers and walked our bikes over the railway line (on the tracks!) and then saw the train! We only saw a few people and cars on the whole trip.Look at this fun photo up closely. Can you spot something or someone?!

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My family and I play lots of outdoor games – cricket, badminton, trampolining.My straddle leaps have improved this week.

My sister and I have also been doing some fitness demonstration videos for my Mum’s work, beaford. This has been fun.

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We are now going into week 8 of lockdown. I can’t believe it! I miss doing all my gymnastics skills, but I don’t want to go back until it is safe and it’s the right thing to do. I don’t want the coronavirus to spread, and I don’t want me or my family or friends to be ill and really poorly. We all just have to keep working out really hard at home 💪 and stay happy, positive and safe.

Week 8 of lockdown due to coronavirus

Monday 11 May – Another great 4 mile run!

I have been working really hard on my cardio, conditioning and flexibility. I need to do all round fitness as an elite gymnast!I have to keep working on my splits.

My sister and I help ease our muscles in the hot tub. ♥ We have seen lots of lovely sunsets and I feel hopeful.

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Wednesday 13th May – Today the government agreed that people could go back to work if they couldn’t work from home, and drive to beaches and parks. I think our beaches might be really busy. I don’t want to go there yet.My sister and I learnt the Nicoleartistry quatrogymnastics dance workout routine in an hour today.

Thursday 14th May – My school drama homework is about creating a Docu-drama, and I am basing mine on the current crisis. We have to write a diary for a week to help with research for the play. This blog is my homework! Yay!Some of my other daily challenges this week have beenThe 10-1 challenge

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Today my friends and I did conditioning dressed in 80s costume!

The challenge was really hard and I tried and tried all day to do it, it made me laugh so much. I nearly got there!

Thank you for reading my blog and supporting me. I hope you are staying well and getting outside in the sun and being active too!

Fliss x

Three weeks of isolation as an elite gymnast 🤸‍♂️ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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Hello and welcome to my new blog. It all feels very weird because of the terrible coronavirus. Here’s what I’ve been doing since my last competition, Miss Quatro, four weeks ago. I had one week back in the gym and now I’ve had three weeks at home in lockdown.

Monday 16th March 2020, 4.30-8.30pm It was normal training in the gym but we had to do hand washing! We heard tonight that all the gymnastics competitions have been cancelled because of coronavirus. 😔 The British Championships was going to be in Liverpool 16-19 April and I was going to be competing, but it has been cancelled this year. It’s really sad as I was ready with my skills and routines (I’ve been working hard all year towards this big comp) and I have a new leotard that I’ve designed to wear!

Now that the English and British Championships are cancelled it also means that we can’t try to get in the England and Great Britain squads. Last year I was selected for the GB Performance Pathway Squad and England Squad.

Guess what I did in the gym tonight! My first Jaeger on my own! Yay!

Tuesday 4 – 8.30pm We had to be dropped off at the back door to the gym, and no adults were allowed into the building. We all had to wash our hands before doing gym and after. It felt so strange with no one watching us in the gym. There was no atmosphere and I didn’t like it very much. I felt a bit insecure but guess what I did today! My shoot on bars into stalder.

Weds off

Thurs 5-9pm

Fri 10am – 5pm. There was a strange feeling in the gym today. Falcons set up a fundraising page to help save our gym. If it has to close because of COVID-19 then it might not be able to survive. The gym means everything to me.

This is the link

https://www.gofundme.com/f/lets-save-falcons-gymnastic-academy

The government made an announcement tonight. All gyms have to close because of coronavirus and social distancing. Our Falcons GYM CLOSED at 8.30pm tonight.

The First Week of Isolation

We now have to social distance due to the coronavirus. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to our country on Monday 23 March to say that we must all be in lockdown and that we must stay at home and only go out to exercise once a day. It’s going to be so strange to not be able to go to gym and see my friends. I am normally at Falcons gym 25 hours every week training, and now I have zero hours at the gym, which is very sad and frustrating. I will just have to try to keep very fit and strong and do lots of fitness and conditioning. I am going to go running, cycling, make up dances, keep as busy as I can with other things too like all my online school work and cooking and art. We are also building a garage so I will be working my muscles lifting large bricks!

The weather is lovely and sunny which is really nice.

Most days in the morning I wake up and I am ready for a run at 8:30. I go on the run with my mum and my sister. If we don’t go for a run in the morning at the end of the afternoon the whole family goes out on a cycle ride. (They are fun!)

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I have been doing conditioning challenges, some are funny.

I have been building with Dad but also doing gymnastics! 😂  Here’s a video of my straddle lever to handstand. This is quite a cool video! 😎 I was quite scared! 

During this week I have felt different. One because I can’t do any gymnastics so all I have been doing is school work and conditioning. Two because I have felt that my day goes on for hours and hours, it is like the day never ends. My days are usually so busy with school and gym and I know where I have to go and be every minute of the day from 8am until 9pm. I kind of like having some time off because normally I NEVER have any time because I am always doing gym but I have started to get a bit bored. I will just have to keep myself as busy as I can.

I am really surprised at how much time I have every day and as well I never know what day it is. It is really weird. 

My elderly grandparents seem to be coping just fine, we have been video calling each other and been on the phone to each other. I wish I could see them but it is just nice to know that all of the elderly people in my family are coping just fine. 

It has been annoying that I can’t do my proper gym but I do have a trampoline and an air track where I can do some cool tricks and have lots of fun.

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I have lots and lots of conditioning for me to do every day except Sunday, and I do it with my squad friends. We video call each other and do our conditioning together because it is boring doing it on your own. (We talk a lot whilst we do it). The conditioning takes hours to do and is hard work.

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Here’s a video of me doing ten straddle lever to handstands without coming down, with Dad and batman slippers. Haha.

I have been dancing with my sister.

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If we have three months out of gym I think it might take us nearly a year to properly get back our skills, maybe it will be less time but it will take some time. When I had my accident and my head injury I was in recovery for three months but I couldn’t go upside down or do any gym in that time, only a little bit of conditioning. I thought it would be a year before I could do my skills well again, but I did actually compete at the next higher level a year later, which was not expected, so I did really well – I also got good marks. So maybe it will be easier this time? I don’t know. At least I can do lots and lots of fitness and conditioning skills, and use my trampoline in the garden, my Airtrack, weights, and floor beam to keep up my strength, stamina, flexibility and a few skills. I feel lucky to have a large garden and a space in the house to be able to do workouts. Dad’s also going to build me a chin up bar in the garden!

Week 2 in isolation at home

It just feels so weird. I wish I could do proper gym. I think I could do this for three weeks but I want to go back then. I miss seeing everyone and I miss going places.

For a few days it was nice, but I want to do things again. I was ready for the English Championships and the British Championships with all my skills and routines and now they are cancelled this year.

I am still going to go running and cycling to get out of the house for my exercise.

Every day I’ll do my conditioning and challenges.

Tuesday – we built a chin up, leg lift bar and lower bar in our garden today!

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Another crazy challenge, how many leotards I can put on in 60s.

Friday 3 April – it is my Mum’s birthday today. We were going to be in London so I could compete as a second year Espoir at the English Championships. It is such a shame.

Last year I did really well and came 6th AA and won a BRONZE medal on bars. Here is my bars from last year.

I am going to keep eating really healthily. We had a veg box and fruit box delivered to our home. It looks amazing.

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I learnt 30 seconds of the dance from GB Senior, Ellie Downie’s floor routine as a challenge today. I really love the music and her floor.

Week 3 in isolation at home

I am really really missing doing gymnastics skills now, especially my jaeger. I want to be a real gymnast again.

Oh well, I just have to keep positive and keep my body working! We will all get through this. It is so very sad about all the deaths around the world from coronavirus. I hope the numbers get lower and lower.

This week I have been doing many hours every day of conditioning, playing cricket and badminton in the garden, cycling, running, dancing, trampolining and completing challenges. Sometimes I feel tired, but I try to make myself do things even if I don’t feel like it. I know that I need to.

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Here’s my handstand shoulder taps in 30s!

It’s so nice to see my gym friends on video calling everyday. We are helping each other and working through our conditioning together.

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I spelt my name, FELICITY, using my body and my family’s bodies too! I think it was quite good.

Here are some of my flexibility poses this week. I wanted to go travelling by getting in a suitcase!

 

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I have a new core routine to do. It is so hard. Fitness with Fizz! 😂

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Sunday 12 April – It’s Easter! Happy Easter everybody. I am going to eat some chocolate today! Yay! 😋

We went on a very hilly bike ride today.

Thank you for reading my blog. Stay safe and well, happy and positive. ☺

Fliss xxx

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

New year, new goals, new awards 🏆 and the first England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Squad of a new decade!

Hello again.  Here’s my new blog for 2020! 

The start of the new year was not great for me as I was ill with tonsillitis. It was really hard to try and get better and keep up a bit of training. My energy was so low and I was really tired. I was really not well 😔. I got through it though and I’m feeling much better.

In the gym we’ve set our goals for the year. 

I am 12 years old now and by the end of this decade I’ll be 22. I wonder what I might have achieved in the world of gymnastics in that time. It’s crazy! 

Sat 11 January 2020

12-5pm I had a great session. My legs were bouncy today. 🤸‍♂‍

It was the Falcons Gymnastics Academy Awards night!!! It was great to wear a dress, do my hair and make up and then spend the evening with my family and my lovely gym friends. The little ones are so cute! I danced with them. I like being friends with them too.

 

I was nominated for Hardest Worker Female, Most Promising Gymnast Female, Female Gymnast of the Year 2019 and Gymnasts Gymnast.

I won Female Gymnast of the Year 2019 and Gymnasts Gymnast. These awards are so special to me. I am so happy.

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Sun day off

Monday 13 January. 4.30-8.30pm. Yes, I had quite a good day today!!! Three clean bars routines, my vaults were good, I did 5 clean circuits (my tumbles and leaps without the dance) and had a good beam session. A good good day. ☺ I’ll try and enjoy this feeling 😂

Tues 4-8.30pm. My legs were a bit dead today 😂 but it was OK.

I am listening to ‘Don’t stop me now’ by Queen to go to bed to now. I love it. It’s an upbeat positive feeling song for the year ahead. 👍

Weds off

Thurs 5-9pm I worked super hard. I put my double tuck into my routine on floor. ☺ I had a great session. ☺

Fri I am tired, but I trained 10-5!

Sat 12-5pm Good session.

Sun A lovely stay at home day! 😂 ☺ My new song at the moment is ‘This is real’. I think this is my motivational song for the new year. (‘I’ll be holding on, holding on’ ‘Never gonna give you up’)

Mon 20 Jan 4.30-8.30pm

Tues 4-8.30pm

Weds off

Thurs 5-9pm I had a good training day to get me ready for England Squad this weekend.

Friday. I am off to Loughborough with Dad for England Squad this weekend. I am looking forward to it. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 It’s a long 4 hours drive.

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Saturday 25 January

I wore my England Squad leo. We met Kelly at the University and trained from 10.30am-5pm.

I had good sessions. I hope tomorrow goes well.

 

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I wore the leo that is called my name, Felicity Rainbow! 🌈 😂 It’s from SJ Pro.

I had a good first gym session. I did a double twist off beam onto a mat and did two bar routines in a row.

The warm up is like doing conditioning 😂 I get so hot and sweaty as it’s hard work.

We did lots of dances, and had a dance lady teacher.

At squad I also did two double crouch spins on beam. ☺ 🎉

I shared a room with two girls I know. They are nice friends.

My hands hurt. I have so many rips. My poor hands. 😔

At this squad I did my competition skills! ☺ It was a really fab squad for me. 😍

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At the end of the day Kelly drove me home.

I had yummy roast pork (and apple sauce, my favourite) and homemade cookies waiting for me at 9.30pm when I got home. 😋

Mon 27 January

I am so tired today. 😔 I had to get up and go to school. I was really tired after school. I didn’t know how I was going to do gym 😔 but I could finish an hour early. Gym 4.30-7.30pm. I actually had a brilliant session. Guess what I did! I landed three triple twists on track into pit with one mat. 🎉

 

It kind of felt weird today back in our gym on the equipment as I’d got used to the Loughborough gym! 😂

Tues I wasn’t feeling well this morning but at gym 4-8.30 I did more triple twists to land. Two bar routines, my yercheko straights on vault were more upright when I landed in the pit.

Weds off

At school I made my speaker in a small Pringles tin. It worked! I can plug it into my phone and use it to play music for me to dance to 🎶.

Thurs 5-9pm I needed to do three circuits on floor and two clean routines on floor.

We are going to Portugal in August for a gymnastics training camp. It’s really exciting. I think I’ll need to pack lots of crop tops and shorts 😂 I’m saving up my money as it’s going to cost lots of money. Maybe I could sell some leotards to raise some cash!

Fri 10-5pm.

1st session I did bars including my ktatchevs , and a bit on beam.

2nd session I had to do vault, floor, bars and beam. I did my one and half punch straight on floor in my routine.

I’m trying to work really hard and I need to keep working hard and to keep focused and positive and keep getting my routines ready for competition season. My big competitions are the English Championships 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 in London and British Championships 🇬🇧 in Liverpool in April. 💪 🤞

Thanks for reading my blog and supporting me on my gymnastics journey.

Fliss x

 

 

 

 

Worries, Improvements, Squads and a Special Trophy 🏆!

Hello. Welcome to my new blog. It’s been a while since I last posted anything. There have been ups and downs, but I keep on trying to work hard, and now Christmas is nearly here!!!

4 November 2019
This week I’ve had tummy pains up high in my tummy 😔. On the beam Kelly taught me my new routine ☺
I have been thinking about what to have for my own new design for my British Championships leotard! 🎨

11 Nov
My tummy is hurting.
I had an appointment to see my physio Megan again to have a massage, do some more exercises, see how my hamstring problem is, and get my new insoles for my shoes.
I also went to see the doctor. She thinks I have pulled some ab muscles up near my stomach. I need to take paracetamol and take things steady.
I had a long talk with Kelly and Mum. I think I may be worrying and not helping my tummy pain. I am not sure if I’ll get my routines and be ready in time for comps next year. It was good to talk about things.
The next day I felt a bit happier.
We have new bars and they seem slippy. 🤪

Thurs. I crashed on the new bars!!! 🤪 They were slippery. I pinged off and over the low bar. 😱 I scrapped my shins quite a lot 😔 😢 and I got scared, but I went back on after I felt better. Ouch it hurts though. My shins hurt!
Today I had a sleepover at my friend’s ☺ and we then had a couple of days off gym.

Mon 18 Nov

I was really scared and found it hard on vault. I am finding it difficult to believe at the moment, so I talked to Mum and Dad. I need to believe and find some way to be confident again.

Tues. I was scared and upset today.
But guess what I did! A double pike dismount on bars. I have some marks from my korbut flics on beam. My calves are really tight and sore so Mum massaged them. I had a better day today ☺

Weds off

Thurs 5-9pm It was a bit of a mixed session. I had a bump on beam and bars, but my free walkovers on beam were really good. I have a few scrapes on my legs again 😱 ☺ I’ll keep trying.

Fri 10am-5pm. I am tired today! I got another letter nomination for the Falcons Awards night today – The Gymnasts’ Gymnast. That’s so nice. This makes me happy. I am looking forward to the evening on 11 January.
It was an OK day.

Sat 12-5pm We have nearly finished our routine dance for the Falcons Greatest Show ☺
My vaults and bars were good today ☺
This week I’ve been listening to Michael Jackson’s ‘Billy Jean’ before I go to sleep. 🎶 I like this.

Sun day off ☺

Monday. I had four tests at school today! 🤪 My brain hurts 😂
4-8.30pm. A really good day in the gym for me! All four pieces went well. ☺

Tues 4-8.30pm

Weds day off

Thurs. I had a day off as I have SW Squad this weekend.

Fri 10-5pm

Sat 12-5pm. We practiced our Christmas show routine at the end 😉

Sunday. SW Squad at Melksham, Wiltshire today. I got up at 6.30am and Dad took me to meet Kelly. She then took me to Wiltshire School of Gymnastics. I did my normal training and met up with friends, although a few friends were missing and one of best friends has now decided to finish gym.

We got back at 6.30pm and Dad had a tree ready for me to decorate with my sister and brother!!! I was so excited. It’s nearly Christmas!!! 🎄

Monday 2 December 4-8pm. I did my double pike over hard today! Yay.

Tues 4-8.30pm. I made it through five days of training without a break! I am pleased with myself 😂 I feel a bit tired now. I did my double pike over hard. Yay!

Mum took a screenshot of me in mid air. 😂

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☺ We’ve been working on our design for my new British Championships leotard that I’ll need in April next year. It’s exciting, and it’s a secret! Shhh.

Weds off

Thurs. My training had to be cancelled at the last minute tonight. An extra night off! ☺

Fri 10am-5pm. My bars were good this morning. We were talking about my leotard design again today, and looking at the pictures of the back. Ohhh, it’s getting exciting.

Sat 12-5pm

Sun. Devon Squad 1-4.30pm at Falcons. I didn’t have to trial in the morning like my friends as I have already been selected for the squad next year. It wasn’t a good training day for me though. Things didn’t go right today 😔 . (I was feeling a bit tired and achy too.)

BUT, I was awarded this trophy…

Devon Achievement of the Year

I didn’t expect it to be me!!! (I got the cup for Gymnast of the Year last time.) It was because of my results this year. 3rd in Britain at Compulsory Level 1, 6th at English Championships, 3rd on Bars at English Championships and qualifying and competing at the British Championships. ☺ I am so pleased. Thank you Devon.

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My legs are tight tonight. Mum gave me a massage to help.
Today, I had more news I was also officially told that I have been selected for the South West Squad again, for next year 2020. ☺ 🎉 I am pleased about this too.

Mon 9 Dec. I am so achy and tired today 😔 I went in to gym at 4pm as normal. I had a better day than yesterday ☺ and we finished at 8pm.

Tues 4-8.30pm. It was normal things in the gym and I then had a massage at 8pm which was really nice. I had loads of homework to do before I could get to bed though! I listened to my Michael Jackson song ‘Billy Jean’. I love this. I like ‘Smooth Criminal’ too. I also listened to ‘It must have been love’ by Roxette. This is a great song too.

Weds day off

Thursday 5-9pm. I worked really hard on floor today and tried things without spot. (Double tucks but didn’t land them right. )

Fri 10am-4.30pm. I had a great first session! I got a point for my ktatchevs with spot from Kelly. That means that I have 25 points now and get a prize. 🎉 ☺ I did lots of things! I got a really nice prize.

Sat 12-5 pm training (I did some yercheko straights to pit with spot on vault) then we had a dress rehearsal for our Falcons The Greatest Show from 3-5pm. The little ones’ dance is sooo cute. 😍 I hope I stay on the beam tomorrow 🤞 I think I will.

Sunday 15 December. Show day! We had to get to the gym at 2.30pm for a rehearsal then the show started at 5pm. It was fun, and I am happy as I stayed on the beam. We all did really well. ☺ The little ones were so cute. ( It reminded me of the last time we did a show in the gym. It was the opening ceremony of our new gym and I was 5 years old! I did a cartwheel 😂 and was the youngest one performing.)

Monday 4-8pm. I did two clean routines on bars. ☺

Tues 17 December 4-8.30pm It’s Kelly’s birthday!

It’s almost Christmas 🤶 I love Christmas! I am sooo excited.
I am feeling positive for the year ahead. ☺

Thank you for reading and supporting me on my way.

Fliss x

GB Performance Pathway Squad 🇬🇧 and trying new skills.

Hello again. Welcome to my next blog. It’s been nearly a month since my last blog and I’ve had another GB Performance Pathway Squad 🇬🇧and I’ve been learning some new skills in the gym. ☺  

Thursday 10 October

This week, I have been worried and scared about bars but I did my 3 bar routines on my own!!! One routine was clean.

Wow! Alice Kinsella was amazing at the World Championships all around. She is 12th in the world!

Fri 10am-5pm

I am happy. I did 3 clean bar routines and I managed to get over my worry and fear.

My ktatchevs with spot were good today and I had a good session in the gym. Mike and Neil coached me for most of training today as Kelly was away at a comp. I was like one of the boys. 😂 💪  

Sat 12 October 12-5pm

It was another good day in the gym for me. In the evening I went to watch my Mum’s dance show. 💃

Sunday. Day off. I had a nice lie in and watched the recorded World gymnastics on TV. ☺ After that I also watched some of the apparatus finals that were on today. Wow! Simone Biles! She is so amazing, especially her floor. I was clapping so much at the TV 😂 !!!

Mon 14 Oct 4-8pm

A wonderful day in the gym today. ☺

I did 3 bar routines and I did them quickly. I did good double tucks on track into pit on two mats and I even stuck one, yay! My 3 x halves of my beam routine were good.

I was looking at some old photos of me and my gym friends. This is one of me many years ago.

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This is me and my gym friends doing the Quatro Cup exactly 3 years ago! We were an Olympic ring each and became the team winners for Falcons.

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Tues 4-8.30pm. I did my bars dismount to two mats tonight and then had lots of homework to do after training! As usual I put Sudacrem and socks on my hands when I went to bed. This is part of my night time routine!

Thurs 5-9pm

Fri 18 October 2019

I had a day off gym, and travelled to Cardiff with my Mum to get ready for GB Performance Pathway Squad this weekend🇬🇧. It was a good journey. Normally we go to Lilleshall National Sports Centre, but that gym is closed as they are refurbishing it, so they changed the squad location to Cardiff at the Welsh Institute of Sport. Cardiff is much closer to Devon! 😂

 

 

 

 

We had tea in the hotel restaurant and oh my days they had a Christmas tree up! It’s only 18th OCTOBER! I love Christmas but that’s early 😂 (Kelly will like it. 😂)

There is always homework to do! I missed a topic maths test today at school so my teacher sent it to my Mum by email. I wanted to do it when I got into the hotel, so I used any paper I could find.

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I saw some of my friends arrive at the hotel too.

We went out of my room to go to the vending machine to get some dippers for my cup of tea, and we saw the National Dance Coach, Daniella, walking in the hotel corridor and I smiled at her. She smiled at me, and recognised me too.

Sat 19 October – GB Performance Pathway training 10.30am-5pm

I saw lots of friends and some coaches at breakfast. ☺

Mum and I drove to the Welsh Institute of Sport (Sport Wales National Centre). It was hard to park! We met Kelly and then had to wait for the Welsh girls to finish training in the gym before we could all go in. I saw another friend there too.

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There was a big rhythmic gymnastics competition going on in one of the other spaces. There was a lot of hairspray smells, ribbons and balls 😂.

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I have just finished my first day. I had an okay day, my vaults were really good and Kelly was happy with them. I can’t wait to know who is in my room with me. 💕

There were a few girls missing from squad as they were either ill or have stopped gym completely.

I shared a room with my two really lovely friends. It was brilliant to see them again.

Sunday 20 October 9am – 5pm

Another day of GB Performance Pathway Squad. We had a roast lunch today, which was lovely. My vaults were good.

Such a funny thing happened on the way home. Kelly and I stopped at Bristol services and walked in and saw my two Falcons squad gym friends. No way! They had been to Bristol for the day!

Mon 21 Oct

I wasn’t feeling that great today so I asked Kelly if I could train less today. I just did 2-5pm and survived.

Tuesday

Devon Squad at Plymouth today. Dad and I left at 7.30am.

It was a good session 10-2pm. We then went to IKEA! Yay!

Weds day off!

Thursday 1-8pm. I did so much in the gym today. ☺ It was really exciting.

On bars I am starting to learn to do shaps. We did it with only one bar  Kelly and Paul helped me. I got a point. Paul did too. ☺

 

 

 

 

 

On bars I also did my three routines and did my dismount over pit and nearly landed some to mats.

On beam I put a cat leap before my free cartwheel flic and straight away they improved.

Fri 9-4pm. It felt much too early! 😂 It was a good day. I did my cat leap free cartwheel flic combination on high beam. ☺

Sat 9-12pm. We had to train early today as it was the Halloween comp in the gym starting at 1pm. I tried a new vault today.

I then got dressed into my outfit and Halloween makeup and helped at the comp with my sister and my friends.

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Sun day off and swimming and lunch with my school friends ☺

Mon 4-8pm.

Guess what I did today! Round off two and half twists. 👍

 

 

 

 

I feel happy today.

When I got home there was some post for me. It was a letter from Falcons saying I had been nominated by the coaches for three Falcons Awards…

Female Gymnast of the year, Female Most Promising Gymnast of the year and Hardest Worker – Female.

I am really really happy to be nominated. The awards night is in January. I hope we can go.

Tues 4-8.30pm I nearly landed to mats my double Arabian. On vault I did a tsuk to two mats and got a point (this is a new vault for me).

Weds off.

Thurs 5-9pm Halloween! We did a few games first.

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Then we did some tricks 😂 I wore my red (blood) England leotard and did a flic mount of beam and my round off 2.5 twists on track. ☺

Fri 10-5pm A good session. I did three clean bars routines over hard. ☺ I bought myself a small Galaxy bar as a reward to myself 😉.

Sat 12-5pm.

I am feeling positive and starting to think ahead to next year and the comps and skills I might be competing. ♥

Thanks for reading and supporting me on my gymnastics journey to be the best I can be. 

Fliss x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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